The game of Seven-Clawed-Jhereg is quite obviously based on the real-world game of "Texas Hold 'em" which is a popular form of poker that is enjoyed by Steven Brust, and which is also known as "Seven-toed Pete" (see references).
The description of the rules of Seven-Clawed-Jhereg appear in the Afterword portion of Sethra Lavode.
- American Dialect Society mailing list discussion about the origin of the term
- The Poker.net Glossary offers two definitions:
- Seven-card stud.
- Stud poker played with three hole cards and four exposed cards.
The rules of Seven-Clawed-Jhereg, however, correspond to two hole cards and five exposed.