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On the origin of 'monkey'

23 January 2011

Mark Pilarski and I received this letter about the origin of the term "monkey," which is often heard at baccarat games and at blackjack games. The term refers to the 10, jack, queen and king. But where did the term come from? I have written about this several times, but here is a reader, Mel, who has done some research and written us a strong letter.

Dear Frank and Mark:

I keep reading everyone's thoughts and opinions on where the name "monkey" came from. Here is the real answer.

As you know from playing baccarat, you hear "monkey" quite often and sometimes in blackjack. Baccarat initially started in Europe and eventually came to Asia. Ask a dealer anywhere and they all say they don't know where the name comes from or its origin because people think that the face cards look like a monkey face or that they use to look like monkey cards.

However, the real answer believe it or not is derived from the Chinese culture. In Europe the kings and queens were part of the royal court or court of the monarch. When playing baccarat players would yell for the "monarch card" or "monarchy card." To an Asian player who speaks Mandarin or Cantonese, saying the English word "monarchy" fast with a heavy Chinese accent is conveniently the sound of "monkey." As the late Paul Harvey would say, "So now you know... the rest of the story."

Mel

Dear Mel:

Thanks for your letter. Monkey has become quite commonplace now in casino gambling.

I am giving you a free 30-day subscription to my private members-only website at www.goldentouchcraps.com. We have over 5,000 members on this site and I think you will enjoy it.

Frank

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete