If we were to talk about gambling, we would have to go back before humans gained the ability to write. Over the centuries the game of wagers has evolved beyond the social circle to international commercial activity. Dice games began earlier at about 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, which was among the first gambling game where players used the six-sided dice. Ever since the beginning of the first-millennium gambling has undergone a metamorphosis due to time and cultural influence. From wagers on gladiators during the Roman Empire to the numerous forms of gambling games currently available reflects the ever-developing need by humans to engage in risky dealings with the desire to satisfy an unquenchable adrenaline thirst. Among the most popular dominoes gambling games in this century is the Indonesian ”Kiu Kiu” also known as Judi Kartu QQ which has captivated many around the world over time. It can also be referred to as 99 domino poker.
How to Play
The game, which has its roots in Indonesia uses a set of twenty-eight double –six dominoes which are usually in the form of small cards. Before the game begins, each player is required to pay a fixed amount before being dealt three domino cards. Once each player has three domino cards in hand, they are each given an option to make. These options are; ”bet” which is said if there is no previous player who had bet, then there is ”call” which is often after the previous player has called a bet, another option, if there is a previous better, is ” raise” which is followed by the raising of the stakes. However, if players accessed their domino cards and saw that they had no chance by betting, calling and raising they are advised to ”fold”.
If there is only one player who cast a bet during the first round, the player then takes the pot and does not show his cards. If there are players who did not fold, another hand is dealt with them where they have one last time to bet. The limits that are usually subject during the first round go higher as the game proceeds to the next level. After the previous betting round each player reveals their cards and the player with the highest hand wins.
What you Need to Know
There are three most crucial hands ranking on top of a pair of nines, since pips on each pair when summed up should result in a nine the highest possible couple. These pairs include; ”High” which means that the total pips on four dominoes are equal to or above a number that varies among house rules but usually around 36-40.
”Low” is when the total number of four dominoes is equal or below an amount that varies among house rules but is usually between 7-9.
”Straight” is when the four dominoes have consecutive totals such as 4-1(5), 3-3(6), 5-2(7). It can also be seen as the lower rank hand.