If you are looking for the game with the longest history in gaming, then look no further. Baccarat goes back centuries. The precise date of arrival in Europe is unknown, but it is known to have been introduced to France, from Italy in the 1400s.
Brief history of Baccarat
The story of Baccarat begins in medieval Italy, where the game was conceived by a man called Falguirein, who based the original rules on the old legend about a religious ritual during which a maiden’s fate was to be determined by a roll of the dice. The same numbers that would result in the maiden’s ruin (lower than 6) are considered to be unfavourable in the game of Baccarat. At first, the game was not played with standard playing cards and the players used a Tarot deck instead. It was not long before the game crossed the borders and started spreading across Europe, peaking in popularity after reaching France where King Louis IV decided to ban gambling. Instead, the noble monarch only managed to increase the interest in the forbidden fruit and Baccarat evolved in two of the game’s most popular variants – Chemin de Fer and Punto Banco.
Basic rules and bets
The structure of Baccarat is often compared to Blackjack, however, unlike with Blackjack, the odds in Baccarat will depend on chance rather than on the player’s strategic approach and skills. Usually played with 8 decks, the game begins when the players place their bets on one of the three betting options:
The Dealer will then draw the cards, placing them on the relevant positions - whichever hand is closest to the total of nine will win. Thanks to the specific system of adding the card values that Baccarat employs, the player cannot bust – the total of the hand is determined by eliminating the first digit when the card values are added, while face cards and 10s are counted as zero which is actually the meaning of the word Baccarat.
Popular Baccarat strategies and tips
If you are looking for the optimal way to play Baccarat, there are a few tips you should employ to your gameplay.
Long term Baccarat players will rarely wager on anything else but Banker. This bet has the best odds, which is apparent by the payout rate: 1 to 1, less 5% commission that the casino charges. If you would like to play for a higher payout rate, Player bet also pays 1 to 1, but there is no commission.
The worse bet that you could possibly make in Baccarat is Tie. Although it comes with the highest payout - 8 to1 or 9 to 1 – this bet almost never wins, which is why a lot of people call it a sucker bet.
Another piece of advice that some of the more daring players will give you is to press your bets during the winning streaks – if you decide do that, you should be aware of the level of risk that the progressive bet increase will entail. Baccarat is highly unpredictable and the stakes are traditionally high, making the game perfect for high rollers. However, players who increase their bets after they start winning are the followers of the Renzoni principle, who feels that quitting while you are ahead is pretty much a waste of time.
The hottest Baccarat tables
Some casinos have decreased the commission percentage on Banker bet, and venues such as Binion’s Gambling Hall (formerly known as Binion’s Horseshoe) only charges 4% instead of 5% commission. So, if you are looking for the best Baccarat deal, head straight to Fremont Street in Las Vegas.
Of course, large casinos will often offer a wide selection of tables with different terms and thanks to the popularity of Baccarat finding a venue on the Strip with reasonable table limits should not be a problem.
Free Baccarat online
Our free baccarat game was introduced recently as a result of several people requesting free online casino games. We included baccarat as a bit of a gamble (excuse the pun), as we had no idea if it would be popular or not.
As it happens, lots of our visitors have enjoyed playing the free baccarat casino game online, so we look forward to adding more table games in the future.
Some more of our free table games, like baccarat, are listed below:
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