Faro is a casino card game played between a number of players and a banker. The name is believed to be a corruption of the word ‘Pharaoh”. Central to the game is the Faro board. This board has the images of cards of all 13 denominations usually in spades. Bets are placed on the board. If a player wants to bet on a ten he will place his chips on the ten of spades on the board.
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Chuck a luck, also known as bird cage, is a variant of sic bo that is often played in an informal environment. It has a unique dice randomization system. Three dice are kept in an hourglass shaped wire cage that is rotated around its center. When the cage comes to rest with the dice at the bottom, the numbers on the top face of the dice are the numbers called. The cage is welded so that the dice cannot be taken out or replaced. Normally the cage is kept on the dealer’s right, which makes it easier for him to rotate the cage.
The players are not allowed to rotate the cage. Once the bets are paid out and the lost bets taken by the house, the dealer announces that players can place fresh bets. Till the dealer calls “No more bets”, the players can withdraw or change their bets. Once “No more bets” is called the bets stand as placed. There is usually no seating arrangement for the players, who stand and play. This leads to a quick turnover of players.
The objective of Caribbean Stud Poker is to have a higher ranking hand than the dealer. The players place their initial bets, known as ante, in the specified area. Once all the ante bets are placed, the dealer deals five cards face down to each player. He also deals five cards to himself, but four are dealt face down and one is dealt face up. Hence the players have the advantage of knowing one of the dealer’s cards before they make their move. The players then see their hand and decide whether they want to play or fold. Folding entails forfeiting the ante.
Chinese poker is popular in Southeast Asia under different local names. In the United States it is known as Chinese Poker. Chinese Poker is usually played among four players, each competing with the others. In a variation of the game, three players play against the house. A standard deck of 52 cards is used. At the start of the game 13 cards are singly dealt to each player after the deck is shuffled and cut.
Asian Stud uses one standard pack of 52 cards with one joker. Each card is given a value. Aces to tens have the value of their denominations; jacks, queens and kings are valued at ten points and the joker at one point. The objective of the game is to split a five-card hand into two sets.