About Baccarat -
History of Baccarat
by Adel Awwad
Baccarat was introduced from Italy
to France during the reign of Charles VIII of France who ruled from 1483
to 1498. It became a very popular game amongst French nobility. Although
baccarat has always been extremely popular in European and Latin American
casinos, baccarat never really caught on as strongly as black jack in casinos
in the United States.
In the 1950s, baccarat became more
popularized in Vegas largely because of the efforts of Frank Sinatra who
was a co-owner of The Sands at that time. The game of Baccarat was targeted
to high rollers-the tables for baccarat were exclusive territories that
were roped off and had dealers dressed in tuxedos.
In more recent years, many US casinos
are offering 'mini baccarat' with lower stakes and played on a standard
blackjack shaped table. Baccarat is really a simple game with only three
possible outcomes-player, banker and tie. The term player does not refer
to the gambling customer, banker does not refer to the house, and it is
simply an option on which gamblers can bet.
It is an unusual game in that any
score of 10 is worth zero, or baccarat. Nine is the highest score that
can be achieved. Two face cards would have a score of zero, a nine and
six would not equal 15, but rather equal five (minus the first digit).
Aces count as one and the rest of the cards retain their face value.
There are 3 accepted variants of
baccarat: Baccarat Chemin de Fer (railway), Baccarat Banque (or a deux
tableau) and Punto Banco (North American baccarat). Punto Banco is played
in the United States, Canada and Australia-a variation of baccarat in which
the casino banks the game at all times. Gamblers may bet on either the
player or the banker, the designations for the two hands dealt in each
game. The object of Punto Banco is to bet on the hand with the highest
total, remembering that two face cards equal zero (10 plus 10 equals 20,
minus the first digit is zero or baccarat).
Mini baccarat is a fairly popular
game because of the lower stakes. It is essentially the same game as Punto
Banco, but played on a table similar to a black jack table. Baccarat and
mini baccarat can be found at many casinos across the United States and
Canada, although it is not as popular as some of the other illustrious
gambling card games like Texas hold 'em poker and Blackjack.