Pacapio is a traditional game introduced to Macao in the late Qing Dynasty when the people of Guangdong wagered on pigeon racing. The birds were identified with names based on the famous ‘Qianziwen’ (Thousand-Character Essay) with bets placed on the competing pigeons. This racing changed to a game similar to a lucky draw, in which players bet on 10 of 80 characters written on a piece of paper, with 20 characters drawn to match. Players win if 5 or more chosen characters match the drawn characters. Today, the game employs numbers instead of text, and manual control balloting has been replaced by computerization.
Pacapio games are available in Hotel Lisboa and Wing Hing Pacapio Centre