Baccarat is traditionally played by the 'High Rollers' (the big money players). In the 007 books, Ian Flemming portrayed James Bond as a significant gambler, with Baccarat being James Bond's favourite casino game. Currently, we provide the mini Baccarat format preferred by many of the modern casinos.
In this format, the table is a smaller half-moon shape, sometimes referred to as Punto Banco, one dealer and seven players. The full format Baccarat seats fourteen players (seat positions 1-15: there is no player 13 position) and has three dealers. However, regardless of the table format, the game play is the same. Our mini Baccarat option comes complete with a Guide to Playing and the Rules. Our tables come complete with a fully trained dealer in suitable attire.
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History of Baccarat
The origins of the game Baccarat lie in the middle ages. They say that the game ...was based on an old Etruscan ritual of the nine gods, who prayed to a blonde virgin on their tiptoes waiting for her to throw a nine-sided die. The result of the die decided her fate. If an eight or a nine was thrown, she would become the priestess; if she threw a six or seven, she would be banned from any further religious activities; if she threw any number less than six, she would walk into the sea."
Around 1490 A.D., the game was introduced in France and was a highly popular entertainment for the French aristocracy and remained exclusive to them for some time before becoming a casino game.
The game is now played all over the World and has many variations from the original French "Chemin de Fer" to the English derivative "Baccarat".
It was introduced into Las Vegas as the infamous Dunes casino in the late 1950s after the Cuban government closed the Havana casinos. The "fancy European game" was thought to be too high-brow for Las Vegas but the Dunes proved that this simple game is exciting for everyone.
Object of the Game
In Baccarat, the object is to come as close as possible to 9, which is the highest hand in Baccarat. Jacks, Queens, Kings and Tens all count as zero. In fact, any combination of cards totalling ten, count as zeros; the Ace is one; all other cards are counted at face value. For example, if the player's hand is a Jack and a Three, then their card total is '3' (10+3=13, take away the tens: '3').
Three Ways to Bet Baccarat
You can choose to bet the Player's Hand, the Banker's Hand or a Tie.
Effectively, all the picture cards and the Tens do not count. The Banker draws if his cards total 0-1-2. If Player takes no card, the Banker draws on 1-5 and stands 6-9. Our downloads section has the full playing guide.