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Baccarat History

The word baccarat is derived from the Italian word baccara, meaning zero, and refers to the zero value given to all of the face cards and tens cards in the game. In Europe, the game of baccarat is one of the most popular casino games. Baccarat is one of the oldest games being played at casinos. There are a lot of controversies about the origin of baccarat game.  It is also believed that the game was first originated by an Italian gambler Felix and was first played with the deck of Tarot cards.


There is a myth attached to the game of baccarat that it is a game based on the Etruscan ritual where a virgin throws a nine sided dice and if the dice had eight or nine then she won, and became a priestess, but if it comes a six or seven, she had to live but cannot roll the dice ever again. Also if it shows less than six, then she loses the game and had to walk down the sea and drown herself.


The game was originally introduced in France during 1490 AD. It was the game of nobles and was considered illegal and was played secretly. Later the game of baccarat was made legal by the legislation. In France, the game was called Chemin de Fer meaning “railroad’.


Some believed that the baccarat history evolved from Pai Gow, a Chinese tile game. In this game players had to "Pai Gow" i.e. "make a nine". The game then migrated to Italy where it was played with tarot cards instead of tiles.


Baccarat was also gaining popularity in England that time. As it was growing popular, it migrated to America in the 20th century. The main versions of Baccarat played today are Chemin de Fer, Banque and Punto Banco. 


Later mini-baccarat was also introduced so that the people could play in the main casino area on the table. Whatever the history of baccarat is, there is no doubt that it is amongst one of the most played games in the casino.


From Casino Baccarat to Online Baccarat


In the last years of the 20th century, the history of baccarat took a revolutionary turn with the introduction of the online casinos. Online baccarat game soon became popular as the online casino games, due to its simplicity. Today every online casino offers online baccarat tables with a wide variety of betting limits. Players can enjoy the game of baccarat at the comfort of their home.

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