How to Play Faro, or Bucking the Tiger
Updated June 17, 2017
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Faro Game Structure
In a game of Faro, the dealer is called the banker, players placing bets are called punters, and betting chips are called checks. The betting table has a betting line where checks are placed before each hand. The betting line represents the 13 numbers in every suit, from Ace to King. Aces are low in Faro.
Punters place as many bets as they like. Cards are shuffled, the Banker draws and discards the first card. The Banker draws the next card and places to the right of the betting board, this is the losing card. The Banker draws again and places the winning card on the left. Bets on winning numbers are paid 1:1, bets on losing numbers go to the banker.
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How to Place Bets in Faro
Put a check on a number, if that number is the winning card, the bet wins. If the number is the losing number, the bet loses. If the number is not drawn, the bet stays or can be moved for the next hand.
Check is placed between two consecutive numbers (e.g. 6 and 7). If either number wins, the bet wins, if either number is the losing number, the bet loses.
Any bet where the punter puts a copper, such as a penny, on top of any check, that bet is the opposite, meaning you are betting on the losing card rather than the winner.
A bet that the winning card will be higher than the losing card. A copper bet would bet the losing card will be higher than the winning card.