This game is usually played by only two persons, and is much admired for its simplicity and fairness, as it depends entirely upon chance, is soon decided, and does not require that attention which most other games do. It is, therefore, par-ticularly calculated for those who love to sport upon an equal chance.
Quinze is a French game, and is so called from fifteen being the game, which must be made as follows:-
1. The cards must be shuffled by the two players, and when they have cut for deal, which falls to the lot of him who cuts the lowest, the dealer has the liberty at this, as well as all other games, to shuffle them again
2. When this is done, the adversary cuts them; after which, the dealer gives one card to his opponent, and one to himself.
3. Should the dealer's adversary not approve of his card, he is entitled to have as many cards given to him, one after the other, as will make fifteen, or come nearest to that number; which are usually given from the top of the pack: for example - if he should have a deuce, and draw a five, which amounts to seven, he must continue going on, in expectation of coming nearer to fifteen If he draw an eight, which will make just fifteen, he, as being eldest hand, is sure of winning the game. But if he overdraw himself, and make more than fifteen, he loses, unless the dealer should happen to do the same; which circumstance constitutes a draw game; and the stakes are consequently doubled. In this manner they persevere, until one of them has won the game, by standing and being nearest to fifteen.
4. At the end of each game the cards are packed and shuffled, and the players again cut for deal.
5. The advantage is invariably on the side of the elder hand. (See 161.)