The gambling dens of Shanghai

On the previous post, I exposed the life of the Shanghainese in the Old City of Shanghai.

As I was getting lost in the maze of back-alleys, it didn’t take more than a few minutes until I stumbled across a gambling den. More surprising, by the end of the day, I had visited six gambling rooms, overcrowded, stuffy, packed with enthusiastic players. Mostly drinking tea, smoking and always very focused.

The colorful characters gambled on games varying from cards to Mahjong, an ancestral Chinese game, played in a very modern way on fancy electronic tables.

Room 1, men only

The first glimpse
The first glimpse
The dragon boss
The dragon boss
Assessment
Assessment
The cool guy
The cool guy
Money to burn
Money to burn
Peak hour
Rush hour
Tied hands
Tied hands
Full hands
Full hands

Room 2,  behind the shop counter

The long game
The long game

Room 3, no entry

No entry

Room 4, just a peek

Just a peek
Just a peek
The gold member
The gold member
8 of diamonds, Fame and Fortune
8 of diamonds, Fame and Fortune
The adviser
The adviser

On the street

In plain sight
In plain sight

street card game

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Room 6, Mahjong

This is my room
This is my room

With daddy

Behind the enemy lines
Behind enemy lines

Casual

Hello there
Hello there
The pro tablev
The pro table
Movement
Movement
Ashes
Ashes
Tucked away
Tucked away
The mysterious machine
The mysterious machine
Focused
Focused

30

Feeding the monster
Feeding the monster

31 The spectacles

The winner who takes it all
The winner takes it all
Smoke curtain
Smoke curtain

35 No distraction

Shanghai smokes
Shanghai smokes
Game Over
Game Over
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