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    Well, what's best is to learn to be proficient at reading Chinese and not relying on translators.

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    Tien Gow or Tin Kau (Chinese: 天九; pinyin: tiān jiǔ; Jyutping: tin1 gau2; literally: "Heaven and Nine") is the name of Chinese gambling games played with either a pair of dice or a set of 32 Chinese dominoes. In these games, Heaven is the top rank of the civil suit, while Nine is the top rank of the military suit. The civil suit was originally called the Chinese (華) suit while the military was called the Barbarian (夷) suit (see HuaYi distinction) but this was changed during the Qing dynasty to avoid offending the ruling Manchus.[1] The highly idiosyncratic and culture-specific suit-system of these games are likely the conceptual origin of suits found in playing cards. Play is counter-clockwise.

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    Default Book 26 Chapter 11 - Part 2

    Anurman, Xiaohu, HPC, Ysabel, Jaya, you are welcome. Akolaw, thanks for the info. We will see more of that in these upcoming parts.

    not relying on translators really? Then why are you here? Dont tell me that you are here just to read the readers comment. Since you love to use quotation to show how smart you are, heres the definition of hypocrite from Merriam-Webster: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. No, I am not trying to shame you. I am stating the fact. If you are as smart as you think you are, I seem to remember challenging you to translate something, anything, and I seem to remember that you accept that challenge. Forgive me for not remembering the exact post number, I dont usually waste my mind in things like that, and I believe I am not the only one who encourage you to translate. However, with all kinds of excuses, you always skirted this issue. Its been awhile now, surely you already have several chapters (or even books) ready to be posted, but I havent seen anything. So now I am encouraging you for the last time: give us real proof of your superiority, dont give us empty talk. You know, better light a candle than curse at the darkness, walk in someone elses shoes and all that. All I am asking is that you dont post your work here. Create your own thread. And should you decide to translate this exact same story, you should start from the beginning, and not just getting a free ride from the translator whom you do not trust anyway.



    Xu Ziling looked at Bai Qinger; the divine light in his eyes suddenly flared out.

    Bai Qinger was caught off-guard by his gaze, her fragrant heart shivered slightly.

    Xu Ziling sent out his true qi from the tip of his toes that flowed upward along the leg of the table and traveled toward the dice still rolling on the table. Not only this move was not something that Lei Jiuzhi could accomplish, the fact is that not many people in the world could do this.

    Due to the subtle relationship between Xu Ziling, Hu Xiaoxian and Bai Qinger, this corner of the hall was enveloped in extraordinary atmosphere; it was tense like the bow that has been pulled taut, full of accumulating potential energy.

    By the time Xu Ziling turned his gaze toward the dice, the dice have stopped rolling; all three of them showed three dots, for a total of nine points.

    Gasps of surprise rippled among the spectators.

    Hu Xiaoxian suddenly said, I have not asked for Sires honorable surname and great given name.

    I am Gong Chenchun, Xu Ziling casually replied. And then, turning toward the stall officer representing the casino, he said, Please deal the cards.

    It was only this moment that the stall officer realized that Xu Ziling was a master; he thought that previously Xu Ziling was just playing dumb; busily he dealt the tiles for the three.

    The crowd craned their necks, watching attentively in full concentration. Although all around them the noise shook the hall, in this corner the crow and peacock made no sound.

    Xu Zilings self-confidence and composure in the face of the enemy has been fully restored. When each of them has received two cards, he suddenly called for a halt and said, What do you say we bet on big or small, with the card as the tie-breaker?

    Hu Xiaoxian did not even cast a glance with the corner of her eye toward the cards on the table; her pretty eyebrows slightly knitted, she looked at Xu Ziling. For the first time that night she felt that she has fallen into a disadvantageous position.

    This kind of gambling method was not Xu Zilings new creation. Turned out Pai Jiu has many variants of gambling method, one of which being two cards become a group, after the roll of the dice, the number of dots indicate the points that one earned, which then extended with the spread-out tiles to determine the winner. This was commonly referred to as Small Pai Jiu.

    But changing gambling method at the last moment like Xu Ziling did was very rare; however, it increased the excitement of the game, so that the crowd was greatly delighted.

    Hu Xiaoxian seemed to be no match for Xu Zilings gaze; turning toward Bai Qinger, she said, This Jiejie [older sister], what do you think?

    Bai Qinger met Xu Zilings sharp and grim gaze; she spoke slowly, Can I increase the bet?

    Xu Ziling sniggered inwardly, knowing that she did not realize that he was playing a trick. But he could not blame her either, because no matter how brilliant she was, it would be difficult to see through the number one skilled artisan Lu Miaozis gambling art.

    Of course you can, Xu Ziling replied.

    Her countenance did not change, Bai Qinger said, In that case I am adding ten taels of gold, well decide win or lose by laying our cards on the table according to what you said!

    The crowd was in an uproar.

    Kou Zhong took Lei Jiuzhi to meet with Liu An at one corner of the casino.

    Lei Jiuzhi proudly said, The most delightful gambling is using real gold and white silver to place a bet. If you want to see me, you have to have real silver; if you want credit, save yourself from asking.

    Smiling apologetically, Liu An said, That shouldnt be a problem. Laoban [boss], may I ask your honorable surname and great given name?

    I am surnamed Chen, Lei Jiuzhi replied.

    Turns out its Chen Laoban, Liu An said, I wonder how much Chen Laoban wants to bet, and which game you want to play?

    Lei Jiuzhi said, Naturally its Tian Jiu; just consider it a warmup before the big meet tomorrow. Each bet is one tael of gold, four cards break even, five cards win one bet, each tile loses four bets, binding tiles win five bets. For supreme, regardless of the outcome, everybody bestows two bets; if the supreme produces another binding, each person bestows four bets. You get it? [Translators note: sorry, I dont get it. I have no idea what he was talking about.]

    Liu An was greatly delighted, thinking that you, this fool, wanted to have such a grand gambling, it would be strange indeed if I cannot beat you until you lose your family fortune. It would be ideal if there is another fool joining in, then this game could be said to have only victory and no loss. He hurriedly said, Everything will be as Chen Laoban wishes. This way, please, Jia Laoban [boss Jia] is waiting respectfully for the two gentlemen in the side hall.

    Xu Ziling thought at most she would add a hundred taels of white silver, which was already a heavy bet enough to build a decent house for most common folks; who would have thought that it was ten taels of gold? Immediately he groaned inwardly.

    Bai Qinger put the glistening yellow gold on the table, and said with a tender laughter, If the banker loses this hand, would he have enough money to pay?

    All eyes were focused on Xu Zilings remaining gambling chips; no one did not shake his head.

    By this time everybody knew that Bai Qinger had come specifically to deal with Xu Ziling.

    Hu Xiaoxian smiled and said, Gong Xiong, would you like Nujia to lend you money to meet a contingency?

    This time, forget about the spectators, even Xu Ziling himself was taken aback. If he was showing his true identity, it could be said that Hu Xiaoxian took a fancy to him. But with his current scared face, even looking at himself in the mirror, he would be less than impressed; why would Hu Xiaoxian treat him well?

    Suddenly a female voice familiar to Xu Ziling rang out, This ten taels of gold, let me, Yun Yuzhen cover for him, Madame Qinger shouldnt have any objection.

    Wave after wave of strange things kept happening, everybody felt confused and disoriented, they could not tell east from west anymore.

    The crowd separated a bit. Escorted by a middle-aged man with grim expression and the skin of his face suffused with green-white color, Yun Yuzhen lithely came behind Xu Ziling.

    The man saluted toward Hu Xiaoxian and Bai Qinger, saying, Zha Hai of Jiujiang pays his respect to Miss Xiaoxian and Madame Qinger. Unexpectedly he was the big boss of Yin Ru Ge, the Gambling Ghost Zha Hai.

    Zha Hai went on, If Gong Xiong could win this hand, Xiaodi will give Gong Xiong the token to take part in the competition to show my respect to you. But there is one condition.

    Xu Ziling guessed that Yun Yuzhen and Zha Hai have been standing behind him all this time, and thus have witnessed the entire course of events. Furthermore, Yun Yuzhen must have recognized him from looking at his back, as well as from his voice.

    Ay!

    How should he deal with this woman?

    Hu Xiaoxian did not even bother to pick her two tiles; she forcefully slapped creating a crisp, sharp noise that shook everybody to the core and casually opening the cards up and spread them on the table.

    Those who put their bets on her exploded into cheers.

    The tiles showed a pair of four, which, in Pai Jiu, is man suit, which belonged to the big tiles of civil suit. Other than heaven and earth, no combination could beat hers, so the chance of winning was very high.

    Bai Qinger also flipped her tiles for everybody to see; it was the military suit of four and five, resulting in red nine. Although it could not beat Hu Xiaoxians man suit, the odd of winning could be considered extremely high as well.

    Showing no emotion on his face, Xu Ziling looked at the two sets of tiles, and spoke in heavy voice, May I venture to ask Zha Dangjia [manager] which condition are you going to raise?

    It was only then that everybody remembered that just now Zha Hai has not fully expressed himself.

    Zha Hai glibly said, I wonder if before the tiles are flipper over, Gong Xiong is able to tell whats at the bottom of the tiles?

    The crowd burst into an uproar.

    If under this kind of multitude-of-staring-eyes situation Xu Ziling was still able to come up with a trick, he was certainly extremely skillful.

    Xu Ziling shook his head and said with a sigh, Zha Dangjia is indeed formidable; then in this hand I can only hope to win over Madame Qingers ten taels of gold. As for the others, I wont fetch a single wen.

    People felt that it would be very difficult to blame him, because he did not admit that he knew, nobody had any proof that he cheated.

    Zha Hai threw his head back in long laughter, You have guts! he said.

    Hu Xiaoxian smiled and said, Gong Xiong, dont make a mistake by saying the wrong thing!

    Shrugging his shoulders, Xu Ziling said, If Im wrong, then Im wrong! Whats the big deal? This is a pair of laoyao [lit. youngest], please open it up for Ol Gong.

    Zha Hai signaled the stall officer with his eyes; the latter received the order and open up the tiles. Indeed it was a pair of laoyao, earth suit, just enough to beat Hu Xiaoxians man suit.

    Those who stood in a circle and watched suddenly broke into thunderous uproar.

    Yet Xu Ziling was inwardly wiping his cold sweat. He could only remember four cards; the other was just lucky guess, hence he had to come up with all kinds of technique to score victory after every pair of cards was spread out on the table, so this win was an extremely close call.

    Bai Qinger pushed all the golden ingots to his direction; standing up daintily, she said, I hope Gong Xiongs skill and luck will always be this good!

    Finished speaking, she left without saying anything else.

    Yun Yuzhen said, Gong Xiong, can we step aside to talk?

    Outwardly, Lai Chaohui, who was using the name Jia Chong, not only did not look like a con man, his appearance was stately, like an intelligent man. His age was around forty, he dressed in a refined manner, carrying the air of a man with riches and honor. He spoke calmly, with a pleasing smile hanging eternally on the corner of his mouth.

    Kou Zhong and Lei Jiuzhi both thought inwardly that no wonder he was able to swindle Gongliang Ji until he lost his family fortune.

    The four men met in the VIP lounge, where a young, beautiful female banker officer called Ling Gu [or Auntie Ling] presided over the room. It was the casinos rule, which all gamblers using the VIP lounge had to follow.

    Putting on an air of arrogance, higher-than-anybody-else attitude, Lei Jiuzhi took out thirty taels of glistening yellow gold from his pouch, which he put on the table for everybody to see, and said, Whoever has ability may win these gold, and then tomorrow morning Ill take the boat to go back home.

    Lai Chaogui and Liu Ans four squinty eyes immediately lit up.

    Putting on an air of embarrassment, Kou Zhong took out all the eighteen taels of gold that he had in his possession, and said with a forced laugh, My gambling capital is less than that, I hope it is all right?

    Most of the gold were given to him by Ba Fenghan due to his righteousness reaches the clouds and the sky. If he really lost it, he would go back to his original shape of having only one wen to his name.

    Altogether the two mens capital amounted to forty-eight taels of gold. At that time, this amount was enough to buy three or four multi-decked ships. Therefore, even the banker officer Ling Gu could only stare blankly at the gold.

    Lei Jiuzhi fixed his gaze on Lai Chaogui and Liu An.

    Lai Chaogui laughed aloud and said, Chen Xiong and Zong Xiong are indeed grand gambler warrior, naturally Xiaodi will be honored to accompany you. Its just that unlike two Laoxiong [old chap] whose purse contains that many gold, Xiaodi oh!

    Lei Jiuzhi brushed his sleeve away and said, Without gold, how could we have a delightful game? Reaching out, he put the gold back into his pouch.

    Lai Chaogui hastily said, Hold on! Could Chen Xiong give Xiaodi a quarter of sichen to get the gold?

    Lei Jiuzhi leaned back into his chair and said, I will wait for a quarter of sichen only. Dont waste my time.

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    Thanks foxs... Indeed, backing out of a promise is a shameless act. Or shameful?
    I'm getting confused here. Where's Wang Tong when I need him the most?

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    You're disgracing yourself by at least, being a hypocrite about "ignoring [to read] me."


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    not relying on translators really? Then why are you here? Dont tell me that you are here just to read the readers comment. Since you love to use quotation to show how smart you are, heres the definition of hypocrite from Merriam-Webster: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. No, I am not trying to shame you. I am stating the fact. If you are as smart as you think you are, I seem to remember challenging you to translate something, anything, and I seem to remember that you accept that challenge. Forgive me for not remembering the exact post number, I dont usually waste my mind in things like that, and I believe I am not the only one who encourage you to translate. However, with all kinds of excuses, you always skirted this issue. Its been awhile now, surely you already have several chapters (or even books) ready to be posted, but I havent seen anything. So now I am encouraging you for the last time: give us real proof of your superiority, dont give us empty talk. You know, better light a candle than curse at the darkness, walk in someone elses shoes and all that. All I am asking is that you dont post your work here. Create your own thread. And should you decide to translate this exact same story, you should start from the beginning, and not just getting a free ride from the translator whom you do not trust anyway.

    I can easily dismantle your verbose sham-logic/argument, and will at my own leisure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 徐中銳 View Post
    You're disgracing yourself by at least, being a hypocrite about "ignoring [to read] me."





    I can easily dismantle your verbose sham-logic/argument, and will at my own leisure.
    Ya God Damn SOB! Can you just shut the fook up and let foxs continue to translate the story for us? We dont need your blabbering here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eccentric One View Post
    Ya God Damn SOB! Can you just shut the fook up and let foxs continue to translate the story for us? We dont need your blabbering here!
    MY EYES!!!!!
    Please dont quote shameless words here.

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    An "Eccentric One" no more ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eccentric One View Post
    Ya God Damn SOB! Can you just shut the fook up and let foxs continue to translate the story for us? We dont need your blabbering here!
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    Fact is, I visit this tread especially to read you. Keep it up, I look forward to more of your peerless insight.

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    Please dont quote shameless words here.
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