'Pe chaé ' Burmese Pool Culture

May 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

While walking through the neighborhood where I've been staying in Yangon (The Muslim quarter, east of Yangon's busy main train station) I ran across a small shack where a group of Burmese were involved in a heated game of pool. A family lives in this shack, creating an air combining everyday family life with one of games and gambling. The way the Burmese play this version of pool which they call 'Pe Chaé', is quite different to the west. The game here is a combination of cards with pool, where each player has to put in the balls according to the numbers on their deck of cards. This is part of the photo story I'm putting together about this fascinating game which is a large past time for mostly Burmese men. 

 

An Intense competitive atmosphere fills the room in this small pool hall in Yangon.

Players watch closely as Kywe hits the ball. 

A Player studies his cards while another hits the ball. The player must hit only the numbers which he holds on his hand of cards. If the player puts in a ball with a number that is not contained in their hand, that player looses automatically.

Money being thrown on the table as bets are being made before the next game begins.

The game's score is talleyed on a chalk board as the game goes on. 

Kywe reads his cards while concentrating on what his next shot will be. Kywe means 'rich' in Burmese.

A boy runs to his mother past the pool table as players continue their game. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 


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