Fan t’an is a game usually played upon a mat-covered table, with a quantity of Chinese coins or other small objects which are covered with a cup. The players guess what remainder will be left when the pile is divided by four, and bet upon the result. The name means “repeatedly spreading out,” and refers to the manner in which the coins or other objects are spread out upon the table. It is usually conducted by a company of several persons, and is almost invariably played in a room on the ground floor, or in a cellar or basement. A white paper tablet with the name of the company is usually pasted without the door, with a similar label bearing the legend ye hoi p’i, which announces that the game is open day and night. In San Francisco, a man frequently stands in the doorway and invites passersby to play, crying mai t’фn a fat ts oi la! Buy f’an t’an and make money!


In New York and Philadelphia, a sentinel is invariably stationed within the door, to keep out intruders and give warning of danger while the game is in progress.


The Ingatbola88 gambling rooms are simply furnished, and have bare walls, except for a few texts on white paper tablets, or the rules of the game, which are sometimes written upon white paper and suspended on a board. There is a table about four feet high, covered with Canton matting, alongside of which is usually a railed space containing a high chair for the cashier. Around are a few wooden stools upon which the players may stand. In the centre of the table is a square called t’an ching or spreading out square, “which consists either of a piece of tin with its four …