Baccarat has long been a popular French and Italian card game. Even before casinos were legalized in France in 1907, Baccarat was commonly played in private gaming rooms. Earlier versions of the game included Baccarat Banque, a three person game and Chemin de Fer, a two person game where players took control of their own hand and decided whether or not to take a third card. It is believed the original concept of Baccarat comes from an old tale of a virgin who threw a dice in order to decide her fate. If she threw an 8 or 9 she would be elevated to royal status and treated as a goddess for the rest of her life. If she threw a 7 she would be allowed to live but banned from participating in any more religious ceremonies. If she threw a 6 or below however, she would be cast into the sea and left to die. Of course, modern versions of the game are far more humane.
What is Live Baccarat?
The intensity of Baccarat is what attracts players to the game. Dating back to French soldiers in the 15th century, the comparison card game has been entertaining people for a long time. There are several variants of Baccarat that can be played in person however the vast majority of Live Baccarat follows the Punto Banco version of the game. In Punto Banco players choose one of three options: to bet on the player, to bet on the banker or to bet on a tie. The game is then played and cards are dealt without interference by the player or dealer. The conclusion of the game is then decided in accordance with a set of rules based on the totals of the cards already drawn. Players win by betting on the cards with a total closest to 9, or by correctly predicting a tie.