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This is another variation of Pope Joan, or Spin, and is played on

similar lines. The seven of each suit is taken out to form stops,

and four cards are turned up in the middle of the table. These must

be the four principal cards, viz., ace, king, queen, and knave, but of

different suits, so that each of the four are represented in the pool;

say, for example, knave of diamonds, queen of hearts, king of clubs,

and ace of spades may be turned up.



The several players pay a coin or counter to form the first pool, and

may put it on whichever card of the four turned up they choose, provided

that all four are covered. The dealer pays one extra throughout the

game. The whole of the cards are then dealt, as nearly equal as

possible, as for Spin. Play proceeds as in that game, the holder of

the card immediately preceding those in the pool taking the stake upon

it when he plays his card. For this purpose the ace is considered both

as lowest and highest, so that, in the supposed cases given above, the

holders of king of spades, queen of clubs, knave of hearts, and ten of

diamonds become winners of pool stakes on playing out their respective

cards. These would in each case become stops, and the player would

have the right to play another card.



The one who first succeeds in clearing his hand wins the game, and

receives from each of the other competitors a stake for every remaining

card. The pool stakes cannot be taken unless the cards are played up

to, and if this is not done the amounts are carried on to the next deal.

The hints and fuller explanation given in Pope Joan and Spin should be

studied in connection with this game.





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