Every yakuza family maintains a bakuto parlor, a gambling house which frequently doubles as the organization’s main office and primary front. For most participants, the gambling is a diversion, a source of recreation, but others take it much more seriously, living for the toss of the dice and the yell of the dealer. Gambling can be an expensive occupation, and it is perhaps not surprising that many unaffiliated bakuto must look for other ways to earn coin, a necessity that leads some of them to become adventurers. Within the yakuza, those with the bakuto rogue archetype can be found working in bakuto parlors or running street games. The bakuto rogue specializes in games of chance, both honest and dishonest. This focus helps sharpen their focus and their ability to read people.

The bakuto is an archetype of the rogue class.

Skilled Cheat

A bakuto adds half her class level (minimum +1) to all Sleight of Hand checks made with dice, cups, cards, or other gambling paraphernalia.

This ability replaces trapfinding.

Skilled Gambler

A bakuto adds half her class level (minimum +1) to all Profession (gambling) checks.

Gambler’s Eyes

Beginning at 3rd level, the bakuto adds +1 to all Perception and Sense Motive checks.

This bonus increases by an additional +1 every three levels (6th, 9th, 12th, 15th and 18th). If the check is made in relation to a game of chance, the bonus is doubled.

This ability replaces trap sense.

Recommended Skills: The following skills compliment the bakuto archetype: Appraise, Bluff, Intimidate, Perception, Profession (gambling), Sense Motive, and Sleight of Hand.

Recommended Rogue Talents: The following rogue talents compliment the bakuto archetype: canny observer, hard to fool, and honeyed words.

Recommended Advanced Rogue Talents: The following advanced rogue talents compliment the bakuto archetype: skill mastery, slippery mind, and thoughtful reexamining.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Way of the Yakuza Copyright 2011, Steven D. Russell and Michael Tumey, all rights reserved; Author Jonathan McAnulty.

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