The pharaoh

Extract from the book: Jean Boussac. Card game encyclopedia. Paris, 1896, p. 245–246.

The pharaoh is a variety of the Lansquenet, here is the walk:

It is played with a game of 62 cards, a banker and a number, unlimited of eggs. After the cards were mixed and the banker had cut off, thirteen cards are offered to the choice of eggs that put on a 'or more of these cards the sum they want to risk then the banker draws a card he puts to his right and another that he puts his left: this last card is called the English card.

Of these two cards, when they do not form a doublet, the first makes the banker gain the bet that the pumps placed on this card, and the second obliges the banker to double, for the benefit of the pundits, the money they covered it.

The advantage of the banker consists in doublets or redone, and in the last card when a doublet arrives, the banker earns half of the money quo the eggs risked on the card arrived at the doublet. The advantage of the banker, as for the last card, consists in what it is exempt from doubling the money that the eggs played there, although he pulled the one they had put on the penultimate.

A game can not change, or transform only with the consent of the banker, who, when he has only about eight cards in hand, must announce it to the eggs. The banker settles the laying of eggs and no one can force him to play more than he wants.

The banker is a size when he puts two cards in a row on the same heap, either on the right or on the left. It is the same if he puts a card on the heel that has been detached from it. But it is not so when, unwittingly, it draws both two cards that hold together. Just separate them at the sight of the eggs and place them according to the rule of the game.

When we realize that a banker has been a false size, he is made to pay all the bets that are on the pundits cards, as if they had won.

One more or less card in the game does not give rise to the false size, but the banker loses, by this fact, the advantage that the last card could offer him.

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