History Of The Fan Tan

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History Of The Fan Tan

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There are not many people who know obviously about the origin and history of Fantan. Due to the lack of recorded documents , Fantan still holds many interesting knowledge about gambling game . Although , it went down recently but the story of a legend can not be forgotten . Visit our Page Bet88sg.com for further more information about Fantan  and other interesting games updated daily.  

Fan-Tan whose Chinese name is 番摊 is the way to call a gambling game existed in China a long time ago . The game is totally based on chance and has some common characteristics with the Roulette

The History Of A Traditional Game

There are some evidences show that the game could be evolved since the 3rd or 4th  centuries when the Northern and Southern dynasties had been existing .It was next brought  to the southern China in the period of the Qing dynasty. People only called “Fantan” in the middle of the 19th century . Before that name appeared , fantan had been popular with the names yanqian 掩錢 , tanxi 攤 戲, tanqian 攤錢, yiqian 意錢. Besides , these names were very famous in the period of the Late Qing and Republican in Canton and surrounding the Pearl River Delta location .

After 1850 and later on , the game crossed the ocean along with Cantonese immigrants. As the result , wherever Cantonese migrants appeared , there were always Fantan found . The game  was widely spread among Chinese community in America whose origins are Guangdong .

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According to the well-known work about the underbelly of New York of the great author Jacob Riis name How the Other Half Lives (1890), Fantan was mentioned during the visit of a character when this one came to the Chinatown parlor: “At the first foot-fall of leather soles on the steps the hum of talk ceases, and the group of celestials, crouching over their game of fan tan, stop playing and watch the comer with ugly looks. Fan tan is their ruling passion.”

The Chinatown was also the place in San Francisco where plenty of  Fantan activities happened during the 19th century. The former police commissioner Jesse B. Cook who had retired mentioned about the Chinatown in such 1800s that this place had taken place  50 fan-tan games.

The game , though ,  is not popular like it used to be . It seems to cedes its position to another competitors whose modern versions are loved widely like Baccarat and traditional Chinese games like Mah Jong and Pai Gow. Anyway , the hot of Fan-tan is still remained in Macau .

Even though ,  fan-tan is not well-recognized spread out like the gorgeous past , due to the replacement of the popularity of modern gambling versions, the game is always remembered by the old reputation of the Chinese original people in U.S.

The region of San Francisco where most of Chinese living there is well-known with the name as Chinatown providing venues taken place the game since the 19th century.

In 1889 in Chinatown , 50 fan-tan games had chances to be played by gamblers and more houses whose had room-size fan-tan tables inside  to meet the demand of playing this game.

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About The Famous Game

A normal table is painted with a square in the centre . Sometimes, people used a square metal piece and laid it on the table. There were 4 sides numbered in order from 1 to 4.

The banker will cover a few small buttons , circle-shape things like  beads, coins, beans with a bigger bowl.

Players would place their bets before the banker remove the bowl. Next , the “tan kun” will remove four buttons out of the heap in one time till it finishes the final batch by a bamboo stick . If it comes out these four buttons, the bettor on No. 4 will get money and similarly the other players will win if they get exactly the number they bet on.

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