Bandar Q


Bandar Q is a simple Indonesian gambling game using dominoes. It is a game of pure luck. The banker and the players are each dealt two cards, and players whose cards are better than the banker's cards win while the others lose.

'Bandar' means banker and 'Q' or 'kiu' refers to the number 9, which is the maximum value of a pair of cards, as in the more elaborate game QiuQiu.

Players and Equipment

There are normally from 6 to 8 players, one of whom acts as dealer and banker.

The game uses one set of 28 Indonesian dominoes, which are best described as cards rather than tiles since they are printed on thick cardboard. Like Western dominoes they are about twice as long as they are wide, and each end is printed with from zero to six spots. There is one card with each possible pair of numbers from [0:0] up to [6:6]. The spots are normally red on a white background.

The players will need chips or money for betting, and the minimum and maximum bet size must be agreed in advance.

Betting, Deal and Payouts

After the players have placed their bets, anywhere from the minimum to the maximum, the banker deals two cards to each player from the shuffled set of dominoes. The point value of a pair of cards is the total number of spots modulo 10 - in other words only the units digit of the total (from 0 to 9) counts. For example [3:2]+[1:2] is worth 8 points, [5:3]+[6:1] has 16 spots which count as 6 points, and [6:6]+[6:5] has 23 spots which counts as 3 points.

All the cards are exposed and the points value of each player's hand is compared with the value of banker's hand.

  • Players whose point value is less than or equal to the banker's lose their stake to the banker.
  • If a player has more points than the banker but not more than 8, the player wins. The banker returns the player's stake plus an equal amount.
  • If a player has 9 points and the banker has less than 9, the player wins double. The banker returns the player's stake plus twice the amount of the stake.

It is of course possible for more than one player to win in a single deal. Below is an example of the result of an online Bandar Q game where there were 4 winning players and 3 losers. The banker (top centre) has 6 points. The players at the top left (5 points), bottom centre (0 points) and bottom right (6 points) lose their stakes. The players at the left (7 points), right (7 points) and bottom left (8 points) win. The lucky player at the top right has 9 points and wins double.

Bandar Q example

In Bandar Q the banker's advantage of winning ties is almost counterbalanced by the double win for a player who wins with 9 points (the banker never wins double). The net result is an edge for the banker of about 1.066%.

Other Bandar Q websites

I am told that it is possible to play Bandar Q online at VipQiuQiu99.

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