BIRIBI, or Cavagnole, a French game of chance, prohibited by law since 1837. It is played on a board on which the numbers 1 to 70 are marked. The players put their stakes on the numbers they wish to back. The banker is provided with a bag from which he draws a case containing a ticket, the tickets corresponding with the numbers on the board. The banker calls out the number, and the player who has backed it receives sixty-four times his stake; the other stakes go to the banker. In the French army "to be sent to Biribi" is a cant term for being sent to the disciplinary battalion in Algeria.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)