The Baccarat or Baccarat is a very popular card game, either in land casinos or in online casinos. Its operation is simple: baccarat has very few rules, all very clear, and only three betting possibilities.
Unlike what is believed, baccarat is a game suitable for everyone, although often in cinematography and literature, it is indicated as a pastime of the aristocratic or financial elite.
The history of baccarat: from Macau to Dollarpe
The first history of baccarat dates back to the fifteenth century. It seems that the game was invented in Asia, more precisely in Macau, and that it was imported into Dollarpe, where it would have found its first admirers in Italy, especially France, at the court of King Charles VIII.
The aristocratic gambling reputation was because baccarat had become particularly popular among 19th-century French nobles.
Just the beginning of the twentieth century, we have the first written records of baccarat, a game that is described in the ‘ Album des Jeux of Charles Van Tenac; chemin de fer and punto banco would have arrived a few years later.
The rules of baccarat
Let’s move on to the rules of baccarat, which see only two protagonists: the banker and the player. It should be noted, however, that a high number of players (up to 14) can intervene in each game, who can bet on the player’s victory or defeat and, in some cases, even on the draw.
In general, the rules of baccarat are quite schematic. In its variants, the player’s freedom of choice changes more than anything else. After shuffling the decks, the dealer deals two cards to the player and two to himself, face down. At this point, the sum of the two cards is calculated: the figures are worth 10 (or 0, you will soon understand why), while the other cards have their face value.
Only the unit is extrapolated from the sum. If the cards in the bank are, for example, a 9 and a 6, the result is 9 + 6 = 15, and therefore we consider 5, removing the ten. If the cards are a 7 and a 3, the result is 10 = 0: the score of 0 is called baccarat.
If one of the bankers and players has scored 8 or 9 (called “natural result”), the hands are revealed, and who of the two has scored the highest score wins: in case of the identical score, the hand is considered tied.
If a “natural” has not been reached, proceed according to other rules. If the player made a 6 or 7, he draws no cards. If, on the other hand, his result is lower, he will receive another discovery.
At this point, it is the turn of the dealer, who acts according to the value of his cards:
- if he scored 7, he “stands” and draws no cards;
- if it has totaled 6, draw a card if the player’s face-up card is a 6 or a 7;
- if it has a total of 5, draw a card if the player’s face-up card is 4, 5, 6 or 7;
- if it has a total of 4, draw a card if the player’s face-up card has a value between 2 and 7;
- if it has a total of 3, draw a card unless the player’s face-up card is 8 or 9;
- if he scored 2, 1, or baccarat, he always draws a card.
We also talk about the deck. The famous point-of-the-counter version involves four, six, or eight decks of French cards, excluding jokers. In the chemin de fer, the most popular version in France, six French decks of cards are used. In baccarat banque, the number of decks varies, although three are usually used.