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BIRIBI, or CAVAGNOLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 981 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BIRIBI, or CAVAGNOLE, a French game of chance, prohibited by law since 1837. It is played on a board on which the numbers 1 to 70 are marked. The players put their stakes on the numbers they wish to back. The banker is provided with a bag from which he draws a case containing a ticket, the tickets corresP9nding with the numbers on the board. The banker calls out the number, and the player who has backed it receives sixty-four times his stake; the other stakes go to the banker. In the French army " to be sent to Biribi " is a cant term for being sent to the disciplinary battalion in Algeria.
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