noun Cards.
Also called monte bank. a gambling game played with a 40-card pack in which players bet that one of two layouts, each consisting of two cards drawn from either the top or bottom of the deck and turned face up, will be matched in suit by the next card turned up.
three-card monte ( def 1 ).

1815–25; < Spanish: mountain, hence, heap (of cards); see mount2 Unabridged
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monte (ˈmɒntɪ)
1.  a gambling card game of Spanish origin
2.  informal (Austral) a certainty
[C19: from Spanish: mountain, hence pile of cards]

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Word Origin & History

"gambling card game," 1824, from Sp. monte "mountain," from L. montem (nom. mons), see mount (v.). So called from the heap of cards left after dealing. A favorite in California during the gold rush years. The three-card form (first attested 1877) is of Mexican origin.
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