- a Chinese gambling game in which the players bet on the number of beans, etc. that will be left from a pile after it has been counted off in fours
- a card game in which the players seek to discard all their cards in proper sequence
Also written fan tan
Origin of fan-tanChinese fan t'an, literally , repeated divisions
- A Chinese betting game in which the players lay wagers on the number of counters that will remain when a hidden pile of them has been divided by four.
- A card game in which sequentially higher and lower cards are played starting with the sevens, the first player to run out of cards being the winner.
Origin of fan-tanMandarin fan tan : fan, turn (from Middle Chinese fa&tricolon;n) + tan, to spread out (from Middle Chinese than).