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Prinola is a simple staking game that used to be played in the Philippines. The name is derived from the Spanish pirinola, a spinning-top or teetotum.

The only source I have found for the game is that of Stewart Culin. He also says the same game is played in China under the name 車咩 (‘teetotum’, Cantonese: ce1 me1).a[p. 496]Culin transliterates this as ch’é mé.


Implements for Prinola, from Culin (1900, p. 646). 🅮

Prinola is played using a staking layout containing symbols for the dice results 1 through 6, and a six-sided teetotum. The teetotum is usually spun in a shallow dish.

Alternately, the teetotum can also be decorated with animals or other images, in much the same way as the Chinese versions of Crown & Anchor.

A photograph of implements for Prinola, from Chinese Games with Dice and Dominoes (pl. 2). 🅮


Players place their stakes on any of the partitions on the layout. The banker then spins the teetotum. Any players who selected the square that the teetotum shows win 4× their stake. All other stakes are lost.


  1. (). . Government Printing Office: Washington.

  2. (). ‘’. American Anthropologist vol. 2 (New Series) (4): pages 643–656.