Since in French “baccarat” means the same as in English there are still many debates upon the origins of the game.
But it is known for sure that the game dates back to the Middle Ages where it was originally played with a Tarot card deck. In 1940 an Italian gambler invented the modern version of Baccarat.
As time passed the game split to European baccarat, and a French game which is known under the name of ‘chemin de fer‘.
Chemin de fer is very similar to the American Baccarat played today in casinos and online casinos.
The only difference is that the player banks the game and not the casino. The title of banker rotates around the table in a system similar to the dice at a craps table. The interesting part of this game is that the casino is taking no risk here; they simply charge a fee from each banker.
The Baccarat as it is known today originated in Great Britain and then finally reached Nevada. The game was first introduced in the famous Dunes casino in Nevada in the late 1950’s.
Since that day the game has been played in every famous casino and eventually made its way to online gambling casinos as well.
Also some of the rules have been changed but the basics remained the same. It became notorious and it is still one of the most challenging games for the well-situated individuals in the society.
If you have never played this game before you should know that it is a game of pure luck.
You can learn its rule on any online casino site.
The purpose of this game is to guess whether the banker’s hand or the player’s hand will get a point value closest to 9.
The hand with the highest point value wins. Baccarat is played with six or eight complete decks of cards. All cards, ace through nine, are valued according to their count. Tens and face cards count as zero. When any two cards total over a 10 count, 10 must be subtracted and the outstanding total is the card count.
The table is assisted by three dealers who are standing in the middle of the table and they are often called croupier or caller. One dealer directs the participant playing the game and the other two are responsible for handling any payouts.
The cards are shuffled and re-shuffled and then placed in a box which is called “shoe“. Each player will get an opportunity to handle the shoe.
When they are holding the shoe it’s known that they will bet the bank, but may decline the shoe and pass it along to the next player. The caller receives the cards from the player with the shoe, places them in the suitable boxes and then calls for another card or announces a winner.
The highest total possible is nine. An eight is the second best hand. But if the dealer and the player have the same hand it is a tie and neither of them wins. If neither hand has a natural, the player’s hand is at all times the first to be played, followed by the dealer.
If the first two cards total five or less, another card will be drawn. If they total six or seven, no further cards are allowed to be drawn. A maximum of three cards can be drawn for either hand.
The hand closest to nine wins. One interesting thing is that each player has a scorecard and pencil to keep track of the outcome of every hand. Chasing patterns in baccarat is as pointless as it is in roulette. Each hand is completely different from the next, and is never influenced by the preceding hands.
But do not forget.
These cards can only take your mind off the important parts of the game in addition you should be attentive on the game rather than marking down the numbers on the card. Online Baccarat is simpler as it automatically deals with that part so you do not have to bother about that.