March 2007: From March 21 through August 12, Wichita Faro is displayed as an interactive exhibit, at the Hubbard Museum of the American West, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The kiosk lets visitors play the authentic Old West card game while surrounded by genuine Old West artifacts (including a real faro table).
May 2005: “Into the West,” the epic miniseries on TNT, features Wichita Faro on their official website, IntoTheWest.com.
August 2004: Once again, the O.N.Z.C.D.A. has honored Wichita Faro, this time as their Site of the Month for July 2004. (This is an even higher honor than the O.N.Z.C.D.A. Gold Award earned on July 21.) In their letter of congratulation, the judges say, “Your website Wichita Faro provided once again for us, most pleasurable visits during our evaluation processes, and we were very impressed with the standard of design and content quality that you provided for viewing.”
July 2004: The highly selective 4 Elements Awards have given Wichita Faro their Demiurgus of Content award, which goes to “sites with content that is creative, useful, informational and/or entertaining.” (‘Demiurgus’ is Latin for skilled artisan or creative force.)
It’s an authentic look at one of the most popular and celebrated saloon gambling games in the Old West. As is par for the course with Sean’s work, the graphics and sound are top-notch...
Jay Bibby, online game reviewer
JayIsGames.com, May 23, 2007
I would love to see faro reappear in a casino somewhere, anywhere, so much so that if a casino like the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City were to ever offer faro, I’d be on the first flight to Reno. Of course, it would be a whole lot cheaper to surf over to Sean’s super bargain, the Wichita Faro web site.
Mark Pilarski, syndicated columnist
“Deal Me In,” June 18, 2004
This game is absolutely fantastic. The graphics, the background sounds, the dealer’s voice, the playability... they all come together to deliver the very best video faro game available anywhere. It is without a doubt, the next best thing to playing faro in a real old west saloon! Well done, Sean. Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday would be proud!
Mark Howard (AKA: The Evil Swede),
BCVC #38, SASS Life #20352, author of
“Bucking the Tiger”: The Traditional Game of Faro
Great layout with clean graphics. The overall creation, graphics and game play are superb. We thank you for providing such a wonderful free feature to the web!
The judges of the 4 Elements Awards
That ol’ rinky tink piano echoes through the din of voices. You kin almost smell the smoke in the air! Great fun!! One word of warning... time will fly away as the cards shuffle and reshuffle. More than one herd of cattle went straying as the Cowboys whiled away their time over the green cloth in the gambling halls at the end of the trail.
Jim Gray, Cowboy Commentary, July 8, 2004
You know, that’s a darned fine game; I doubt if they could come up with a faro variant for any of the major game machines that’s anywhere near as good. (Getting the game details right is one thing; getting the proper atmosphere is quite another.)
Charles Hill, Dustbury
Deal me in! I don’t know if I believe him that this game was popular in the past (he could have just as easily made it up) but I gotta hand it to him, he did a great job putting it all together. Can’t wait to play a few more hands. Alas, it’s for ‘entertainment purposes’ only. There I thought I could have a new sideline career.
Matte Elsbernd, The Firm List (firmlist.com)
Wonderful game, beautiful graphics, excellent playability. I’ve played online games before, but none which quite so perfectly captures the essence of a real card game. Well done! And we’re out of milk again, could you pick some up?
Phoebe Gleeson, wife of game designer
I already told you it’s wonderful. Did you remember to get milk?
Phoebe Gleeson, wife of game designer
COLUMN: May 25, 2007, Chicago Sun-Times: “South Side native finds creativity in the cards” by John G. Brokopp
SPONSOR: April 1, 2007, Wichita Faro is pleased to be sponsored by MochiAds, the world’s first casual game advertising network.
ARTICLE: January 29, 2007, OCCC Pioneer, page 6: “Wild West melds with 21st Century tech” by Spencer Livingston-Gainey
COLUMN: April 25, 2005: Yoshe Polak links to Wichita Faro on Dutch news portal www.nu.nl. (An English translation can be found here.)
ARTICLE: July 28, 2004, Memphis Commercial Appeal, special Casino section, pp. 10-11: “Dead card game lives again on Internet” by John Burgess (This was a terrific story, but somehow they printed an incorrect URL, saying Wichita Faro is at “wichitafaro.com” instead of gleeson.us/faro. Oops.)
ARTICLE: July 4, 2004, Wichita Eagle, page 8B: “‘Wichita Faro’ online game is Web designer’s fond tribute” by Bonnie Bing
ARTICLE: June 10, 2004: Cas City Chronicle covers the launch of Wichita Faro.
PRESS RELEASE: June 8, 2004: “Dead card game lives again on Internet”
June 18, 2004: The United Web Site Award Givers (UWSAG) bestows “Seals of Approval” on sites which meet the criteria of their award-giving members. Wichita Faro is now eligible to earn points toward one of these Seals of Approval.