Crown And Anchor

Crown and Anchor is a traditional gambling game that has entertained people for centuries. I made my first crown and anchor game some years back for arduino, and here's one with JavaScript. It's always fascinating to explore the diverse world of games and their histories. So, let's dive into the world of Crown and Anchor.

History and Background

Crown and Anchor is believed to have originated in the 18th century in the British Isles. It was initially played by sailors aboard ships, providing a source of entertainment during long sea voyages. The game soon found its way to the shores and became a popular pastime in pubs and taverns.

The game's name is derived from the symbols used on the betting layout: the crown, anchor, spade, club, diamond, and heart. These symbols represent the potential outcomes of a roll of three six-sided dice. Players place their bets on these symbols, hoping that the dice roll will match their chosen icon.


Crown and Anchor has seen various regional variations over the years, showcasing its adaptability and widespread popularity. Some of these variations include:

- Langur Burja (Nepal): In Nepal, a similar version of Crown and Anchor is known as "Langur Burja" (Nepali: लङ्गुर बुर्जा). While the core gameplay remains the same, it's fascinating to see how this traditional game has made its way to different parts of the world.

- Anker en Zon (Flemish): The Flemish version of Crown and Anchor is called "Anker en Zon," which translates to "Anchor and Sun." In this variation, a sun symbol replaces the crown, adding a unique twist to the game.

- Ancre, Pique, et Soleil (French): In France, a similar game using the sun symbol is called "Ancre, Pique, et Soleil," which means "Anchor, Spade, and Sun" in French. It's fascinating to observe how the symbols and names change across regions while the core concept remains intact.

- Hoo Hey How (China): China has its version of the game known as "Hoo Hey How" (魚蝦蟹), which translates to "Fish-Prawn-Crab" in Hokkien. This variation showcases the global appeal of the game, with distinct cultural influences in its presentation.

- Bầu cua cá cọp (Vietnam): In Vietnam, a similar game is played called "Bầu cua cá cọp," which translates to "gourd-crab-shrimp-fish." Like its counterparts, this version brings its unique flavor to the Crown and Anchor concept.

These regional adaptations highlight the versatility and enduring appeal of Crown and Anchor as a game that transcends borders and continues to captivate players around the world, making it a truly timeless form of entertainment.

Current State

Today, Crown and Anchor is a relatively niche gambling game. It has lost some of its popularity compared to more mainstream casino games like blackjack and roulette. However, you can still find it being played in certain regions, particularly in the United Kingdom and parts of Canada.

In the UK, Crown and Anchor is sometimes featured at fairs, carnivals, and local events as a traditional game. It's often enjoyed as a novelty activity rather than a serious gambling option. The game's legality varies depending on local gambling laws, so it's essential to check the regulations in your area before organizing or participating in Crown and Anchor games.

In Canada, especially in the Maritimes and Newfoundland, Crown and Anchor remains a popular game at community festivals and fundraising events. It's a fun way to raise money for local causes, with players trying their luck to win small prizes.

In conclusion, while Crown and Anchor may not be as prevalent as it once was, it still has a place in the hearts of those who appreciate its historical significance and simple gameplay. If you ever come across this game at a local event or pub, give it a try.

My Crown And Anchor Game

My first version of this game was for arduino, and it was a pirate themed game. I even had a short backstory to go with the game. I should finnish that story sometime... Anyway. You can read parts of it behind the "help!" button on title screen. Only significant change in rules is the ability to add up to 3 coins for the chosen symbol.

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