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Faro was introduced in France about 1713. The game was first known as “Pharaon” which is said to have come from a French deck of cards illustrated with an Egyptian pharaoh. It was rapidly adopted by the social clubs of 18th century London and became one of the most widely played gambling games in England. Faro was also very popular in America, and during the 19th century it sometimes called "the national card game," and “the game that won the west.” To keep the price low chose to produce a simple version that does not use the extra accessories that were eventually added to the game like a box or "shoe" for dealing the cards, or a "case counter" to keep track of the cards that have been played. It comes with 4 sets of glass drops to use as chips so it is suitable for up to 4 players plus the dealer. And we include a deck of our 18th century English cards to match the cards on the fabric betting layout and four period coins to use as "coppers."

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During the Civil War era there were more than 150 gambling houses in Washington D.C., and Faro was the principal attraction. But with the advent of Poker, Black Jack, and Craps, Faro had almost vanished from casinos by about 1925. One of the reasons that Faro died out is that it did not provide as much of an advantage to the “house” or “bank” compared to other games. So for a gambler to make a living as a professional Faro dealer he pretty much had cheat to win enough for himself as well as pay a cut to the saloon or gaming hall where he set up his table.

 

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