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How face cards and Pip 10's became known as monkeys

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by GlenBaccarat79, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. GlenBaccarat79

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    In case you ever wondered why the face cards are slang named 'Monkeys', it is because back in Europe the royalty playing the game of baccarat would rightfully call for a 'Monarch Card' which of course the same as today possessed Kings and Queens on them, etc.

    When the Asians started playing this game (long after the Europeans invented it) their attempted pronunciation of the word 'Monarch' came out as 'Monkey'. The only sketchy part of the history is, if it actually happened in Europe or Asia.

    Regardless, that is how the face cards and eventually the 10 Pip cards became named in slang as "MONKEY".

    And, as Paul Harvey used to say, "And now you know the rest of the story"!
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