There are many popular casino games that are in Newtown Casino in Malaysia and from what I’ve heard from my sources, they will be incorporating a new game that originated from mainland China.

The game is known as “Dou Di Zhu” which loosely translates to ‘Struggle Against the Landlord’. It is quite a popular card game in China and it has been deemed as one of the best card gambling games in the country.

There are many variations to this three-player card game. One is that the game only uses a deck of cards and there is also another version that uses two decks of cards.

Regardless of what version of the game you play, the premise is that there will be two teams: one is the landlord (which is going to be played with one player) and workers (which will constitute the other two). The workers will then try their best to compete against the landlord in what appears to be a bridge-style game.

If you are interested in playing Dou Di Zhu, then do read the rest of the article to find out how the game is really played.

Basics

Before you start playing the game, it is important that you know the rankings of the cards from lowest to highest: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, 2, Black Joker, Red Joker, and then a couple of card combinations which are:

  • Single- Any card in the deck
  • Double- Any card pair in the deck
  • Three- And three cards of the same kind in the deck
  • Triple+Single- Three cards of the same kind and another card that resembles anything
  • Full House- a combination of three-of-a-kind and two-of-a-kind
  • Run- Any five cards in a row except the 2 and Ace cards
  • Sisters- Also referred to as the ‘Double Run’, you get three ‘Doubles’ in a row
  • Triple Run- Refers to two or more ‘Triples’
  • Bomb- Also known as ‘four of a kind’, beats all of the other card combinations except the last one, which is…
  • Nuke- consists of two joker cards, this combination trumps everything, including the ‘bomb’

Once you know the basics, then it is time to play the game. Before anything else, the deck (or decks) will be shuffled. The dealer will then give 17 cards to each player and the remaining three cards will be placed on the table.

Then, the dealer will determine who the landlord and the workers will be. After which, the player will then look at their hand and they will auction off the spot. Do remember that at this point, the cards on each players’ hands will not be revealed to one another.

The three cards that were set before will be given to the landlord. Now that every player knows their cards, they will be given the chance to bid one, two, or three- with one being the bid for the low hand and the others for a high hand (or one with some good cards/combinations). Also, the players will be given the option to pass as they please.


If a certain player bids high, they will most likely be the landlord, but the position is risky as the game progresses as the risk of losing more money is there (and so is the chance of winning it big).

To determine the player who will bid first, the dealer would get a card and looks at the value of it. From there, he will count off each of the players until the value of the card is reached. The person who was the last one to be called will be the one to bid first.

The landlord will now be able to take the three extra cards on the table that was set beforehand will reveal the cards to the other players by putting it face up. The cards will then be considered as part of the landlord’s high hand, despite the fact that the other players can see them.

The landlord will go first and will place a combination of cards from their hand on the table. The game will shift counter-clockwise to other players and they will also do the same by placing their card combination of choice. Players are given the chance to pass.

After every round, the two players in the row will pass. The winner of the previous round would be the person who places the last card combination before the round ends.

The game will continue until one player has used up all of their cards. If the landlord wins, both of the workers will pay. Should either of the workers win, the landlord should pay both of the workers.