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For 6, or sice, we have quatre-duce, cinque-ace, and two treys;
for 8, we have sice-duce, cinque-trey, and two quatres; but the
disadvantage is in the doublets required-- two treys, two
quatres; therefore sice-duce is easier thrown than two quatres,
and so, consequently, cinque-ace or quatre-duce sooner than two

'I saw an old rook (gambler),' says the writer before quoted,
'take up a young fellow in a tavern upon this very bet. The
bargain was made that the rook should have seven always, and the
young gentleman six, and throw continually. To play they went;
the rook won the first day L10, and the next day the like sum;
and so for six days together, in all L60. Notwithstanding the
gentleman, I am confident, had fair dice, and threw them always
himself. And further to confirm what I alleged before, not only
this gamester, but many more have told me that they desired no
greater advantage than this bet of 7 to 6. But it is the opinion
of most that at the first throw the caster hath the worst of it.

'Hazard is certainly the most bewitching game that is played with
dice; for when a man begins to play, he knows not when to leave
off; and having once accustomed himself to it, he hardly ever
after minds anything else.'[66]

[66] The Compleat Gamester, by Richard Seymour, Esq. 1739.

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