The game is played by placing two handfuls of small objects on a board and guessing the remaining count when divided by four. Fan-tan, bank gambling game of Chinese origin, dating back at least 2,000 years and introduced in the western United States in the second half of the 19th century by Chinese immigrant workers. Fan-tan is played mainly in East Asia, where it can be found in casinos and gambling houses, and among Chinese communities elsewhere, though occasionally it has been offered in casinos in Nevada. Fan-tan definition, a game in which the players play their sevens and other cards forming sequences in the same suits as their sevens, the winner being the player who first runs out of cards.
We Are Now Opening For Dining. Fan-Tan is, at least in the twenty-something pages I managed to claw my way through, one of the worst things I've ever read. Based on the jacket summary, I was expecting a swashbuckling story of pirates and the high seas.