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[mass noun] A gambling game in which cards are turned up on a table marked with red and black diamonds.
- ‘It is thought to have its roots in several games like baccarat, chemin de fer, trente et quarante, quinze, and other similar games.’
- ‘There are also private rooms for European and English toulette, trente et quarante, chemin de fer, blackjack and craps.’
- ‘The main gambling hall is the Salle Européene, where for a EUR 8 entry fee you can play roulette, trente et quarante, or blackjack.’
- ‘At the ornate, baroque Casino, try your luck in the elegant European Rooms - slots in the Salle Blanche, roulette and trente et quarante in the Salle Europe, chemin de fer and banques à deux tableaux and pai gow poker in the Salon Privés (high rollers only).’
French, literally thirty and forty, these being winning and losing numbers respectively in the game.
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