Baccarat Casino Game Resource

Last update on February 08, 2013

The History of the Game

Baccarat is a card game that can be found at any online or land-based casino. There are numerous versions of this game but Punto Banco, Baccarat Chemin de fer and Baccarat Banquet are the most commonly played versions. Baccarat Chemin de fer and Baccarat Banquet involve skill and require experience because the game includes decisions that players will have to take as it does not depend entirely on luck. On the other hand, Punto Bunco is 100% about luck, so there is not any skill or experience needed. The concept of baccarat is similar to the concept of blackjack as the winner is determined by a comparison between two hands. Players will bet on one of three possible results, the hand of the banker, and the hand of the player or a tie.

Baccarat dates back to 1400 when it was mentioned for the first time in Italy. The game then traveled to France. It took the game well over 500 years to become a premier game that can be found in casinos in Europe. The game was known for its high stakes as it was enjoyed by the French royalty and up to this day, it is still known for its high stakes.

Chemin de Fer Baccarat

Chemin de Fer is the original version of Baccarat. There are six decks in play in that version.  One of the players will become the banker and he will deal the cards.  He will deal two hands, a hand for him and a hand for the rest of the players “the punters”. The banker will place a wager and the punters will decide if they want to match it. If none of the players is willing to match it, each punter will place his own wager. The banker will give himself two cards facing down and another two cards for the punters. The player who has placed the biggest wager will be the person who will represent the punters. The banker and the punter will see their cards and if any of the two hands totals to eight or nine, they have to say so and the hands will be revealed for the showdown. If that does not happen, then the player will decide if he wants to get a third card or no. This third card, if accepted, will be facing up. Then it is the banker’s turn to decide if he wants that third card as well. When both of them decide, the hands will be revealed and the winner will be known.

If the banker loses, players will get their wagers back plus the winnings and the role of the banker will go to the next player. If the banker wins, all of the bets that the punters have placed will be lost and the banker will stay as the banker for another round. In case of a tie, the wagers and the banker stay the same. If the player who represents the bank wishes to leave the game, the player who matches the banker’s stake will be the banker. If that does not happen, the next player according to the play order will become the new banker.

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