faro

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n faro a card game in which players bet against the dealer on the cards he will draw from a dealing box
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Faro A gambling game at cards, in which all the other players play against the dealer or banker, staking their money upon the order in which the cards will lie and be dealt from the pack.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n faro A game played by betting on the order in which certain playing-cards (with reference simply to face-value) will appear when taken singly from the top of the pack. The players sit at one side of a table, and the dealer at the other. The dealer always represents the bank, having in charge the paying and claiming of bets. In the United States the table has on its center the “layout,” or representation of thirteen cards, from the ace up to the king, in regular order. After bets have been placed on single cards or combinations, the dealer removes the top card from a complete pack placed face up in a box, which card does not count; he then withdraws the next one, leaving the third exposed, and claims all bets made on the card equal in value to the one withdrawn and pays those made on the other; the appearance together of two cards of the same value is called a “split,” and the better loses half of his stake. Any bet may be “coppered” by placing a button on top of the money or checks, and this changes the bet to one that the card will show for the dealer. The showing of two cards constitutes a “turn,” and after each turn new bets are made for another, down to the last three cards of the pack; the only betting allowed after this is on “calling the turn,” or guessing which will show first. The European game is essentially the same, except that the layout is arranged in a small book.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faro fār′o a game of chance played by betting on the order in which certain cards will appear when taken singly from the top of the pack.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Said to be so called because the Egyptian king Pharaoh, was formerly represented upon one of the cards
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from King Pharaoh on one of the cards.

Usage

In literature:

Guess you've never seen a 'Jonah-man' buckin' a faro bank run by a Chinaman sharp?
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
I also knew he was a gambler and lived on his chances at the faro table.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
I used to stand big-eyed and watch the faro-table stacked with gold.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
We were just getting light on the game of faro.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
The principal varieties are the Lambick, the Faro, the March beer, and the Uytzd.
"The Galaxy" by Various
With it he sailed for the island of Faros, that which was specially famed for its white marble.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
In one of them we found Johnny, rather flushed, bucking a faro bank.
"Gold" by Stewart White
But they had richer fields of enterprise than Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroes.
"Lectures Delivered in America in 1874" by Charles Kingsley
When the South laid down the fugitive slave bill, on the national Faro-table, Mr. Webster bet his all upon that card.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
He could hardly wait for night to come that he might go to the faro-table again.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Smash your roulette and faro.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
From the political economy of the Faroe Isles, it has reached even to the hidden mysteries of Hindostan.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
Without his exactly noticing it himself, a love for the game of Faro arose within him, and grew.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
I know every faro bank in it, which speaks well for my memory, if not for my morals.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
We got wettern Faro's hosts done chasin' the Jews throo 50 foot of Red See.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
I'm going to outguess his faro-dealer.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
The ballad however is not a mere historical relic on the Faroes, but a living literary form.
"Stories and Ballads of the Far Past" by Nora Kershaw
The group behind had come up with them now, and, crowding into Faro Dave's place, paused a moment in the entrance to absorb the situation.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
I'd as soon open a faro bank.
"Rockhaven" by Charles Munn
The next Sunday, the "Life Savin' Station" had Pete Gans up from Apache to deal a little faro.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
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In news:

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class H Hilton High, 76, Faro, died Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Family members and friends of Faro VFD remember what it was like to experience a B-52 crash in their backyard.
FARO Technologies regains some ground after stock tailspin.
Paramore released "Monster," their first new tune since the departure of band members Josh and Zac Faro, on YouTube today.
SYNOPSIS & VIDEO The Faroe Islands.
FARO Technologies regains some ground after stock tailspin .
Sean Circosta, Jace Evans, Jack Lo faro, MJ Metz, Ryan Langborg, Kevin Kampfer.
In foreground, the 'Faro della Vittoria' (Victory Lighthouse AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini).
MPN/Courtesy photo Chef Joe Faro from Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H. Shows off his finished Stuffed Cappellacci in Sage Butter Sauce.
About 200 strikers blocked a road leading to Faro Airport on the Algarve coast for 30 minutes.
FARO Technologies Inc. View all finalists in the Material Handling Systems category.
Interview with José María Fernández Sousa-Faro, PhD, President of the Spanish Association of Bioenterprises (ASEBIO), and Chairman of the Zeltia Group.
It was a spectacle that made the veteran gamblers seated around the faro and poker tables of Mannie Hyman's saloon shake their heads in disbelief.
Joe Faro, owner of the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H. Shares his recipe for Fig and Prosciutto Pizza.
Exposure to chemicals called PFCs was associated with reduced immune response to vaccines among children in the Faroe Islands.
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In science:

Abreu Faro, M. de and Rodrigo de Abreu A One Dimensional Model of Irreversibility, EPS 9 Trends in Physics, Sevilla (1996).
The Energy-Entropy Principle
Abreu Faro, M. de and Rodrigo de Abreu Sobre um Princí pio de Energia-Entropia, Academia de Ciências de Lisboa, Lisboa, XXXI (1990).
The Energy-Entropy Principle
Athar, Spin-flavor conversions of neutrinos in col lapsing stars, talk given at 2nd International Workshop on New Worlds in Astroparticle Physics, 1998, Faro, Portugal, arXiv:hep-ph/9902222, and references cited therein. H.
Some aspects of neutrino astrophysics
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