How Much Do You Know About Baccarat?

Casino games have been around for centuries. From card games that have lasted hundred of years and evolved over time to roulette and even the old fashioned slot machines, this form of entertainment shows no signs of slowing. But there is one mystery game that proves to be popular: that is the ancient game of Baccarat.

History and Style

It may have originated in ancient Italy and France but in recent years it has been making its way to America and other casinos worldwide, and its popularity seems to be growing. Baccarat is a card game, but it is easy to learn how to play, especially with step-by-step guides available online, such as at The cards are shuffled and placed into a dealing "shoe". Bettors choose to bet on either the “Player” or “Banker" hand and sit and wait whilst the dealer hands out the cards. The idea is to get closer to nine than the opposite hand does. There are two cards: if a six and a nine is pulled, that adds up to fifteen which gets dropped to five and each of the picture cards counts as a zero. A third card can be drawn in the hope your hand is closer to nine but this depends on the fixed set of rules.

It sounds a little complex and it certainly is going to be more enjoyable for a person with a mathematical brain - although not necessarily quite so mathematical as Harvard maths graduate James Grosjean, whose antics in baccarat you can read about here: It seems, in essence, to be a very high profile game. In fact, many compare it to being in a James Bond movie, but that can only be a good thing, right? Ultimately, Baccarat is tactical and gives you a little power. The decisions are in your hands.


How Does Baccarat Measure up to Other Popular Casino Games?

Baccarat looks mistakenly similar to blackjack and tactics do come into both. However, unlike blackjack, the cards dealt in baccarat are left purely up to chance - where, in blackjack, the tactics lie in whether you decide to hit, stand, double or split, baccarat is all about where you place that bet. In that sense it's arguably similar to roulette; unlike roulette, the finite nature of a deck of cards means the probability changes with each hand. It is often said that, with both blackjack and baccarat, there's a low house edge, but that it only becomes profitable for a skilled player in blackjack, whereas baccarat could be anyone's game.

In terms of options available, keen and casual gamblers will be familiar with the variations of games that online casinos offer to add interest and appeal to a broader range of participants. It's typically associated with slots, but can also be seen in table games. You'll see at that you can play Cashback Blackjack, Buster Blackjack and even a Frankie Dettori variation on the game. And, although grouped under the wider section header of "Table Games", there are a couple of varieties of baccarat to be found at the site, showing a drive to accommodate a wide range of players of this game, too.

So, have you ever heard of Baccarat and is it a game that you think you’d fare well in? Although it is described as an easy-to-play game, it instils intrigue and excitement in the player and still today remains something of a ‘high rollers’ game. Give it a go and let us know how you get on in the comments.

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