Vintage Gambling Photos
Baccarat and Chemin De Fer
Frank Sinatra dealing a game of Faro at the Sands in the 1960's. This is actually Chemin de Fer, a variation of Baccarat where the players wager against each other while the house took a 5% commission. Baccarat was a cash game back then.
Another cash Baccarat game this one being played at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1975. Bets of up to $5,000 were accepted.
A Baccarat game being played in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in the 1960's. Two interesting observations here, first all the cash on the game and second there is "Surveillance" in the top center of the image. He is the guy in the suit sitting on the high chair. In person observation was required as there were no cameras back then and a "catwalk" over this elegant room was impractical.
Baccarat being dealt in Las Vegas circa 1971, again a cash heavy game.
In 1970 in one of Britain's most exclusive casinos two dozen men were taught the art of cheating on Baccarat.
A game of Roulette being played the downtown Las Vegas Casino known as the Apache.
A game of Roulette being played in the Merchant's Hotel in Nevada in 1915, interesting because gambling was illegal in Nevada in 1915.
A "double" layout Roulette game being dealt in Dodge City, Mo 1894.
Men playing at Faro in a Reno casino back in 1931
At first glance these two photos appear to be the same game. But, if you look very closely you will see in the second photo the faro table is actually next to the first table (look at the wall behind the dealers). Also for you casino Surveillance people out there, did you notice the man with a visor on a high chair next to the dealers? He was watching the game for cheating, Surveillance OG.