The games most popular in the days of the wild west most would not recognize today and some come as a surprise. The caricature is an endless round of poker but most authorities agree this was a late development and usually reserved to the professional gamer.
A popular game of the Civil War, Chuck-a-Luck continued as a favorite. Faro was more popular along with brag, three-card monte, and various dice games.
These additional games included billiards, darts, and bowling.
Much later, and in a more tamed fashion than often shown by Hollywood, some saloons even included piano players, skits, and dancers. By late nineteenth century, free lunches came to be offered.
|Faro Game, Orient Saloon, Bisbee, AZ 1900. LOC.|