Match Diamondback was the game of preference
among the the stingy military personnel of Onliu, and was much
tamer when compared with its metropolitan cousin. Onliu soldiers
were paid by the government a wage of 20 copper bits a month, out
of which they were required to "kick-back" a certain percentage
for food, lodgings and other necesseties.
As a consequence, the
Onliu soldier might have only three bits left for betting after
his expenses were paid. Match diamondback was usually played with
representative chips of varying denominations and it was not
unusual for several hundred chips to be bet in a marathon game
over several days for the sake of two or three copper bits they
The most unique feature of Match Diamondback is the rule that
betting must continue until a majority ofthe players involved
agree to end it.
Very often another soldier would be asked to hold the
contested coins in trust until a game was decided. "Coin-men"
were responsible for organizing the closest approximation of a
banking system ever to evolve in Onliu's loosely-knit military
society, lending coins held in trust, fencing loot from military
raids into neighboring countries, etc.
It was not unusual for a
game to drag on over several months, since a player leaving the
game before consensus was reached forfeited his winnings.