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Now that Kaiji’s character has been reintroduced to us after 3 years, and his current lame situation presented, its back to business as usual. And when I say business, I mean gambling. This time the game is Chinchirorin. I don’t even have to waste time explaining the rules, because its a real game and apparently also features in Suidoken, so I’ll just link to their page about it. If anyone has a problem with that, I’ll start making an effort when I start receiving comments! 😛 The only slight differences between this standard version and Kaiji’s are the following:
Triple 1 doesn’t mean you lose. Quite the opposite, it means you win FIVE times the amount you bet, making it the highest possible roll.
The dealer cannot auto-win on the roll of a 6, 4-5-6 or triple, allowing the players the chance to match the roll and force a draw, or even win on a higher roll. Same applies if the dealer rolls an auto-losing 1 or 1-2-3, they don’t have to pay if the opponent rolls the same or if a die falls out of the bowl (a bust, or ‘pisser’ as they call it in Kaiji).
In this version, every player takes turns to be the dealer, lasting a maximum of two rounds before passing on (or just a single round if their first roll is a 1 or a pisser). Alternatively, they can pass on being the dealer; dealing may be the easiest way to win money, but its also the easiest way to lose it!
Kaiji ends up playing this game with eight other people, with team leader Ohtsuki explaining the rules and taking first turn as dealer. For some reason, the fact that these men are nowhere near as scary as his opponents in series 1 leads Kaiji to think he cannot possibly lose to them. I’d understand his logic if he’d actually WON against said scary opponents, but the few times he came close he proceeded to screw up again in another match!
On to the financial side. Kaiji is playing with 60,000 perica, which is an advance on his next month’s wages. Once the game is over, however, he will be required to pay this amount back immediately and only gets to keep any additional winnings he’s made on top of it. Failure to pay it back now means that he’ll have to pay 90,000 on his next payday. For this game, bets are restricted to 20,000 perica under normal circumstances, but can exceed that amount with the dealer’s permission (if you can’t see where this is going, you need to watch/rewatch series 1).
Kaiji’s first bet is a meagre 100 perica, as is everyone else’s – his strategy and presumably theirs is to get a feel for the game and the other players before wagering anything major. He rolls a 4-5-6, and should win double this amount, but Ohtsuki kindly gives him an extra 100. What a nice man! Couldn’t possibly have any ulterior motives, such as trying to taunt Kaiji into betting more or anything like that…
Kaiji continues to bet 100, and continues to win. But these ‘wins’ are so small, he might as well be losing. To make matters worse, by betting so little he cannot focus and get a proper feel for the game. Eventually the bowl works its way around the circle to him, making it his turn to deal. However, Kaiji passes this time.
The next person in the circle is Miyoshi, a character who seems completely out of place in this underground hell. He is inexperienced at gambling, and up to this point had not made a single bet. But after being taunted by another player, he decides not to pass, and becomes the new dealer. Everyone bets the usual 100 – except Kaiji, who throws down 3,000 perica.
Poor Miyoshi proceeds to roll a 1. Remember that under normal rules this would constitute an automatic loss, but in this case the other players still have to beat his score to win. As the bowl makes its way around the circle to Kaiji, Miyoshi loses to everyone except Ohtsuki, who rolls no dice three times. But since their bets are all 100 perica, there is no major loss or gain for anyone. Everything rests on his final match against Kaiji. First roll, no dice. Second roll, no dice. Third roll:
Of course, a roll of 1-2-3 means Kaiji has to play double his wager, and Miyoshi ends the round better off than anyone else! But it isn’t all doom and gloom for Kaiji either – this loss serves as a reminder of exactly how much is at stake, and how much he could potentially win. It reawakens him to the feeling of epic gambling, and he then bets another 3,000. How he’ll fare with this in Miyoshi’s second round as dealer will be revealed in next week’s episode!