Civil War Card Games – Faro

by fifer1863 on March 7, 2012

I filmed this video last summer in Gettysburg and never got around to editing it and uploading until now.  In the video the soldier is showing us how to play Faro which is a period card game.

According to Wikipedia, Faro came to the US in the 19th century to become the most widespread and popularly favored gambling game. The article goes on to say that it was also easy to cheat at the game.  The betting layout consists of a suit of cards, from Ace up to King. From there, players will bet on the card rank of their choice. The dealer then turns over cards in pairs, a winner and a loser, and pays out or collects accordingly.

Faro Board Layout

Here is the video of the soldier’s teaching us about Faro:

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Bill July 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

My question: If he split the 4&5 and your winning card was 5, why would he owe you money and how much would he owe?


Hannah June 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Where did you find the Faro set you are using in the video? Is there a reproduction source that makes them?


fifer1863 June 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

The set belonged to the reenactors in the video and I’m unsure where they obtained it. As I look at it though, it might be hand made by them.


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