With origins dating back beyond the 16th century, the modern brass Put & Take top gained popularity in the early 20th century through the 1940’s. The appeal of these spinners hit its peak when they were adopted by soldiers as a easily transported gambling piece during WWI. It is a simple game to learn, with only a few rules. You can establish as many variations as your tolerance for risk will allow and the number of people that can play at one time is limited only by the number of players that can crowd around the table.
The Gamp Sports Put & Take Top is a unique eight sided spinner made with of solid brass. Precision craftsmanship makes our top is so well balanced that a well-trained spinner can keep the top going for over 2 minutes on a smooth surface!
How to Play:
- The first spinner establishes the “Ante” amount to start a round.
- Each player puts up an Ante. There can be any number of rounds to a game.
- The “Ante” can be anything. An amount of tokens, money, drinks, clothing, you name it!
- The youngest player starts a round of play.
- The first player spins the top. If the top comes down “P” side up, the player puts into the pot the amount of Ante(s) indicated (i.e. Put one, two, three or All). For “AP” (All Pay) all players re-ante one into the pot. If the spinner lands with “T” side up, the player takes the amount indicated from the pot. After spinning the player passes the top to the next player. For “TA” (Take All) the player takes the whole pot. The game can then be re-started with a new Ante.
- The Top can be passed in any direction as long as it maintains that same direction for the entire round.
The markings on the top mean:
T1 = The spinner takes one (1) Ante from the pot.
T2 = The spinner takes two (2) Antes from the pot.
T3 = The spinner takes three (3) Antes from the pot.
P1 = The spinner Re-Antes one (1) into the pot.
P2 = The spinner Re-Antes two (2) into the pot.
P3 = The spinner Re-Antes three (3) into the pot.
AP = The spinner and “All Players” Re-Ante one (1) into the pot.
TA = The spinner “Takes All”.