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The History of Baccarat
Baccarat is a very old card game, with its origins believed to come from Italy. The game was first introduced to the court of King Charles VIII in the fifteenth century. Baccarat spread to the Europe and the United States in later centuries, and has diversified into a number of variants of the game. The modern game of baccarat comes from the original games of Chemin de Fer and Punto Banco. As well as being a card game, popularised by the James Bond movies; Baccarat is also widely available in the online casino world. More recently, it become one of the big three live dealer casino games to hit the internet. The name Baccarat, comes from the Italian word “baccarat”, meaning zero.
How to play Baccarat
Baccarat is played with two hands, one belonging to the dealer (or banker), the other to the player. Either the player will win, the banker will win, or the hand will be tied. Two cards are dealt in each hand. The total number of points obtained from those two cards, determines whether or not a third card is drawn. The objective is to get as close to the total of 9 as possible. The player that achieves this, whilst at the same time outranked their opponent’s hand, wins the game.
The values of the cards
Aces count as one in baccarat. Twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights and nines, all count for their numerical value. Tens and all face cards are all worth zero. If a hand contains more than 9 points, ten points are deducted, to give the player a total worth less than 9. For example, if a player holds a 9 and 5 in their hand, they have 15. This will become a hand of 5.
The drawing of a third card is tricky. But, generally speaking, if a player has 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 in their first two cards, they draw another card. If they have a 6 or 7 they stand, and if they have a total of 8 or 9 in their first two cards, they are considered to have a “natural” and must stand.
Things get more complicated for the dealer. Generally speaking, if the dealer has a 0, 1 or 2, they will always draw. If the dealer has an 8 or 9, they will stand. Aside from those circumstances, the dealer will draw depending on what total the player has in their hand. There are many different rules for when a dealer may or may not take an additional card.
As mentioned, there are a number of baccarat variants in existence. One such variant is Punto Banco. Although many consider this the default baccarat game (or it sometimes known as Spanish baccarat), Punto Banco is usually played with 6 to 8 decks in the shoe.
Chemin de Fer is the original form of baccarat, and is uses only six decks of cards. The main difference between Chemin de Fer and other baccarat games, is that every player takes it in turn to be the banker (dealer).
Lastly, there is Baccarat Banque. In this variant, one person is elected to permanently be the banker. Generally, this is the player with the biggest stakes. Three decks are usually used in Baccarat Banque. In order for a banker to retire, he or she must meet their minimum stake, which was stated before the game commenced.