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For a nation of people who on average don’t have that much money to throw around, Chinese obsession with gambling is quite baffling. With the exception of some places like Macau, casinos are banned, so every time the Chinese go abroad, their first question is: “Do you have casinos here?” But even at home they will not allow the ban to stop them. Gambling goes on anytime, anywhere:

Mah-jong is hugely popular and no wonder: it’s the two things they like best – gambling plus noise. If they’re in a bar and noise is provided by the venue, they go for dice. Almost every pub has little dice cups on the tables. Everyone gets their own cup, they roll the dice, check their own, then guess how many dice with a given number there are overall. When a person thinks someone’s wrong, they call it and check everyone’s dice. If they were right, the person who called the last number loses. If they were wrong, they lose. Either way, it can be made into a drinking game, so the loser has to swill some booze.

 Mah-jong and dice aside, cards seem to be the most popular. Maybe because they’re easier to transport? For one thing is sure: wherever you go, there’ll be someone playing them.

 In a hilltop teahouse…

 In the courtyard of a small temple…

 On the roof of a cable car station…

And basically everywhere else: in a shop when there are no customers, on the pavement during a break… A friend asked me once (during one of our regular board games nights) why foreigners like to think so much: all those Scrabbles, Catans and what not. I said it’s challenging and interesting. Then I asked why Chinese people like gambling so much. She thought for a second and said: “Because it’s fun!”.

This one is typically Chinese. In case you're wondering, in the West we call it "go".

Could anyone resist a slogan like this?

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