"There are monte games at tables by the wall"
Monte in the Mines (1851), by J. D. Borthwick
Public DomainMonte in the Mines (1851), by J. D. Borthwick - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Monte is a Spanish card game, usually used in gambling where the dealer/banker pays out on matching cards.

The national card game of Mexico, monte became popular in the United States, especially Texas, after it was brought back by troops returning from the Mexican-American War.