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Tam Cúc 三菊

Tam Cúc playing cards purchased in Vietnam. Like Four Colour Cards, the deck is based on Chinese chess. However this is where the similarities end. Decks have only 32 cards, the distribution of cards exactly mirroring the pieces in a game of Chinese chess. Instead of 4 colours, there are two (one with red overprints, the other without). The deck contains 1 general (tướng 將), 2 advisors (sĩ 士), 2 elephants (tượng 象), 2 chariots (xe 車), 2 cannons (pháo 砲), 2 horses (mã 馬), and 5 soldiers (tốt 卒) repeated in red and black.

Tam Cuc is a trick-taking game


Thanks to Anthony Lee for additional research. Visit his blog here

Images courtesy Kody McGregor.

Tam cúc playing cards from Vietnam, 2016
Tam cúc playing cards from Vietnam, 2016

Above: Tam cúc playing cards purchased in Vietnam, 2016. 32 cards in box, separated into red or black.

Tam cúc playing cards from Vietnam, 2016
Last Updated January 12, 2017 at 05:32pm


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