The Game of Faro

Faro Card Deck

When we’re off in the world, we look high and low for interesting things to share with you. Recently, we came across an edition of the Old West card game Faro (or Pharo) that we could get ahold of in some quantity and share with you.

In case you’re not familiar with the game, it’s played with cards – like those shown to the right. The traditional cards are square-cut, thick card stock with standard makeup of 52 cards (no jokers.) This is a game of chance played against a dealer. Players aka Punters buy into the game and in theory, womens health there could be up to 48 punters in a game.

The odds are stacked mildly in the dealer’s favor when played straight-up, but often were manipulated with special card wells that enabled easier cheating on the dealer’s part. Since cheating was so easy and prevalent, Faro fell out of favor in modern times.

If you’d like to conjure up some of the Old West feeling, you can get your Pharo Cards from our online shop and find the rules to the game here.