** UPDATE: ** This was one of the first games articles I ever wrote.
I took my documentation primarily from __Medieval Games__ by Salamaah the
Corpulent. It has since been proven that the provinence of this game is
a hoax. It was created in the 1970's.
The Suspicion
The Proof

**The Original Article**

Tablero de Jesus (pronounced 'Hay-sue') is a 15th century Spanish gambling
game. Players use their own money as playing pieces and play until they can
no longer afford it. Friendlier games use thirty wooden markers and distribute
them equally between the two players.

The board is seven rows by seven columns, similar to a chess board, but with one fewer row and column. The board is completely undifferentiated, but may be decorated as lavishly as the owner wishes. Two standard dice are used.

Players roll the die to determine who goes first. High roller places one coin in each of the two right-most columns in his home row. Low roller places one coin in each of the remaining columns in his own home row and goes first. The object of the game is to form rows of coins in the center of the board in order to remove them.

On his turn, each player throws the dice and moves any two coins either forward or backward in their own columns the number of spaces indicated by the dice. Each die must control a separate coin. If, for example, the dice were to come up 6 & 3, you couldn't move one coin five spaces and the other four, nor could you move one coin six spaces forward and three back.

When a player succeeds in getting two or more coins in adjacent
columns on the same row, other than either home row, he may either remove them
from the board and end his turn, or continue to throw the dice hoping to make
the row longer and capture more coins. ** VARIATION: ** If a player
succeeds in lining up all seven coins, he not only collects those coins, but
an eighth coin from his opponent as well.

If a player throws 7, 11 or 12, he must immediately surrender the dice to his opponent without removing any coins from the board. Mathematically, the probability of this occurring is exactly 1 chance in 4. If a player throws a roll which cannot be made, for example, a six with no coins on either home row, he must also surrender the dice. I have also seen the game played where a player must surrender the dice if he fails to make a row of at least two coins. This is NOT correct and makes the game more difficult with smaller winnings.

When a player removes coins from the board, his turn ends and he hands the dice to his opponent. His opponent must fill the empty columns by placing his own coins in those columns in his own home row. If a player is forced to surrender the dice when there is a row of coins on the board, his opponent may take the coins and return the dice without ever making a throw. When a player no longer has enough coins to fill empty columns, he has lost the game.

** ADULT VARIATION: ** In An Tir, they play a drinker's version of this game
called Tablero de Gucci. The game is played with seven shot glasses and a can
of beer per player instead of coins. The highest ranking female present rolls
the dice to determine "The Queen's Number", a custom that began when the Queen
of An Tir claimed a number for her own use. The game is played as normally,
but instead of removing the shot glass from the board, you drink it dry and
place the empty glass on your opponent's home row for him to refill from his
can of beer.

When the Queen's number comes up, the roller may take any shotglass on
the board, drink it and place it on his opponent's home row before taking his
turn. Skilled players will choose this glass strategically. When all seven
shotglasses have been lined up, spectators cry
* "SET 'EM UP AND KNOCK 'EM DOWN!" *
as the player collects his winnings. When a player can no longer refill a
shotglass because his can of beer is empty, he has lost. Children in An Tir
have been seen playing this game with bottles of pop or packages of M&M's.
** WARNING: DO NOT **
play this game with anything stronger than beer or wine cooler.
A skilled player can down at least two shots per turn and come down with
alcohol poisoning by the end of the game.