Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ziginette is a gambling card game played with a standard 52-card deck modified by removing the cards numbered eight to 10 (leaving a 40-card deck). Originating in Italy, the game is played in gambling establishments throughout the Western world, but especially in its homeland and the United States. In some American cities, it is associated with the Mafia and Mafia-run establishments because of the game's Italian organizations and its supposed introduction to the United States via organized crime (as opposed to “native” games popularized on riverboat casinos). The ...