How to Play Faro

By Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

Faro, sometimes spelled Pharo, Pharaon or Pharaoh, was once the most popular card game in the days of the Wild West. Now, however, it is found only occasionally in casinos, where it continues to be one of the easiest and most fair of all table games. To learn how to play Faro, follow these steps.

Look at the felt. In front of you should be 13 cards ranging from ace (low card) through king. Ignore the suit; it doesn't matter in this game.

Place your bet on one of the 13 cards in front of you. You can bet multiple cards by placing a chip in between cards or on certain edges of cards. You are betting on the dealer to deal the card you bet on.

Watch the dealer deal the first card from a 52-card deck. This card is the loser. Every bet on this card is scooped up.

Watch the dealer deal the second card. This card is the winner. Every bet on this particular card get paid. All bets are paid in even money and a new hand begins.

Tip

Most casinos stopped offering Faro because it was too easy for players to cheat and the house advantage was low, only about two percent. In the old days, a tally was kept of the last 10 winning cards drawn, similar to roulette. Players used this as a way to predict what card would be pulled next since the dealer went through the deck before reshuffling. Bets tend to be larger the further you get into the deck because there are fewer numbers available to be called.

Warning

Gambling can be addictive. If you think you might have a gambling problem, seek help immediately.