The game “bầu cua cá cọp” (bầu cua cá cọp “squash-crab-fish-tiger”) is a Vietnamese gambling game using three dice.
The six sides of the dice, instead of showing one to six pips, have pictures of a fish, a prawn, a crab, a rooster, a calabash gourd, and a stag. Players place wagers on a board that has the six pictures, betting on which pictures will appear.
If one die corresponds with a bet, the better receives the same amount as their bet. If two dice correspond with a bet, the better receives two times their money. If three dice correspond with a bet, the better receives three times their money.
For instance, if one were to place $3 on fish, and the dealer rolls 2 fish and one stag, then the bettor would receive $6.
“bầu cua cá cọp” is similar to Hoo Hey How (Fish-Prawn-Crab) in China, the dice game Crown and Anchor played by British sailors, or chuck-a-luck played in America. Bau cua tom ca is often played at Tết (Vietnamese New Year)