One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gambling game in which cards are turned up on a table marked with red and black diamonds.
- ‘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).’
- ‘The main gambling hall is the Salle Européene, where for a EUR 8 entry fee you can play roulette, trente et quarante, or blackjack.’
- ‘There are also private rooms for European and English toulette, trente et quarante, chemin de fer, blackjack and craps.’
- ‘It is thought to have its roots in several games like baccarat, chemin de fer, trente et quarante, quinze, and other similar games.’
French, literally ‘thirty and forty’, these being winning and losing numbers respectively in the game.
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