belangkai

The game Belangkai, named from the Malay “Belangkas” meaning the King Crab. It is much favoured by Chinese ladies in particular, but others also often play it including Boyans.

The essential implements for the game are:
  • A small four-sided top, the facets of which bear an engraving of:
    • A King Crab – hence the name of this game.
    • A Flower of Star.
    • A Fish.
    • A Prawn
  • A staking board marked out in four rectangles to correspond with the four facets of the top.
  • A saucer or small disk in which to spin the top.
  • A small bowl or similar article with which to cover the top when spinning.
Bet type payout
King Crab 1 win 2.90
Flower 1 win 2.90
Fish 1 win 2.90
Prawn 1 win 2.90
King Crab or Prawn 1 win 0.95
King Crab or Flower 1 win 0.95
Prawn or Fish 1 win 0.95
First or Flower 1 win 0.95
Prawn or Flower 1 win 0.95
Fish or King Crab 1 win 0.95
King Crab win, Prawn tie 1 win 1.90
Prawn win, King Crab tie 1 win 1.90
Prawn win, Fish tie 1 win 1.90
Fish win, Prawn tie 1 win 1.90
Fish win, Flower tie 1 win 1.90
Flower win, Fish tie 1 win 1.90
Flower win, King Crab tie 1 win 1.90
King Crab win, Flower tie 1 win 1.90
King Crab win, Fish tie 1 win 1.90
Fish win, King Crab tie 1 win 1.90
Prawn win, Flower tie 1 win 1.90
Flower win, Prawn tie 1 win 1.90