Today, almost anyone all over the world can enjoy a range of exciting real money casino games both online and in real-life gaming venues, either for real money or for free. While the variety of gambling games is amazing, they mostly revolve around a handful of tried-and-tested templates, using cards, dice, and various spinning objects according to a specific set of rules. But gambling is older than written history (or so they say), with games emerging and falling into oblivion during its course. Today, let’s take a look at a few games that have all but disappeared from the world of gambling online.
Back in the day, Faro was a card game that was as popular – or even more popular – than poker, especially in certain parts of Canada. It is a 17th-century French banking card game with one banker and several players involved, played with a standard deck of French playing cards. Between the 1800s and the 1900s, it was the most popular card game in America – at the dawn of the 20th century, its place was taken by poker.
Faro was a game not entirely dissimilar from blackjack and baccarat and had a pretty complex set of rules. It has disappeared from Las Vegas casinos in the mid-1980s.
Three-card Monte, or “three card trick” was a pretty popular gambling game in many settings since the 15th century until it has become too much of an annoyance for the authorities to tolerate any further – today, it is illegal to take bets on this game. No wonder – a quick-handed dealer will usually trick the player into believing that the card he or she seeks is in another place altogether, and a cheat in the audience can trick players into losing considerable amounts.
While it is illegal in most countries, three-card Monte is still spotted here and there – with quite a few unsuspecting victims still trying their luck in the game.
The first truly successful automated gambling machine was the slot machine built by Charles Fey in the late 19th century. Actually, it was not the first one: Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York, built a gambling machine years before him. Based on Five Card Draw, a popular variant of poker, the machine offered players the chance to win free drinks, cigars, and beer in exchange for a nickel. These poker machines were very popular in pubs and bars at the time – ultimately, they disappeared, being replaced by Fey’s gaming machines that were much simpler and could even handle automatic payouts in coins.