Faro was by far the most popular gambling game in the Wild West. More money was bet on Faro than on all other games combined and it was said that
Faro games out numbered 'soiled doves' plying their trade. Virtually every saloon had at least one active Faro game.
It was a lively game, easy to learn, social and fast moving. The house advantage was only around 2%, offering the best odds of all games of chance
Think of Faro as being similar to Roulette, but with cards. There is a 'layout' of 13 cards from Ace to King on which the players (called 'Punters')placed
their chips. Two cards were dealt, first the 'loser' then the 'winner'.
If a Punter had bet on the 'winner' he won. If a Punter had bet on the 'loser'he lost.
A bet placed on a card which was neither the winner or loser was unaffected. One could also bet on the 'loser' and on multiple cards.