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Originally posted by jackhope at 2006-2-3 09:30
Many people believe that Chinese prefer to gamble and Chinese Government prohibits gamble strictly.The situation is that few people play mahjong without money.At the same time,most of players is able to keep the stake under control.For example,at home,one yuan for a set,we often play one day,the amount of money lost or gotten just 10 yuan.Sometimes 10 yuan for a set,one day only about 100 yuan lost or gotten.
What kind of majiang are you playing then? We also play one kuai games mostly (sometimes five mao, sometimes three kuai or more), and you can easily win or lose a thousand on a day of playing. This is using a version of Shanghai majiang, which has an upper limit (lazi), although sometimes with multiples (we do not use multiples). This means you can lose at most 20 kuai each game to someone with a lazi, adding 15 or 30 kuai for three or six flies (cangying) and possibly your own betting (max 20 kuai), a maximum total of 55 or 70 kuai per game in the normal version. (Actually you could lose up to triple that amount if someone robs your gang, but that's rare).
The government has prohibited gambling, but no one really cares nowadays; there are more important things to take care of, and gambling in China doesn't come with as much problems as in the Western gambling houses. I've played with policemen, so I know this...
NOBODY plays majiang without money, maybe with the exception for some very old people. It is simply a part of the game, and it wouldn't be fun without a little betting.
It is simply the best game there is.