OBJECT OF DIAMOND DERBY DOWNS: The object of Diamond Derby Downs is to place and win bets.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or more players

MATERIALS: A standard deck of 52 cards, chips for betting, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Betting Card Game



Diamond Derby Downs is a betting card game for 2 or more players. The goal of the game is to place and win more bets than any other player.

The game consists of players placing bets on which “horses” will win.


A player is randomly assigned dealer. This player also acts as the banker. A betting layout is made with a sheet of paper split into 4 equal parts. The top left square is labeled 3, top right 2, bottom left 4, and bottom right 1.

Players will place wagers by placing chips either on corners or sides of the betting layout. Placing in a corner means you place your full bet on the single horse. Placing on the side of the layout splits your bet between the two horses the line splits.


Once all bets are placed the dealer will start the race. The dealer takes a random number of cards from the top of the deck. The dealer then starts to split the random amount of the deck into 4 even piles. One at a time the cards will be dealt to these piles. Once there are not enough cards to split evenly amount the piles the race is finished. If there is a single card left horse one has won. If there are two cards left the 2nd horse has won. If there are three then the 3rd horse has won. If there are no cards left, then the 4th horse has won the race.


After the race has ended payouts are made. A winning corner bet pays 3 chips to the winner. A winning side bet wins a player a single chip.


The game can be played for as many rounds as players would like. Players may also drop or join in between rounds of betting if they wish to. There is no official winner of this game, but the player who wins the most money could be coined the winner if players so desired.

Amber Crook
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