Casino Term: Baccarat

A casino card game, likely to have originated and spread from Italy to France in the late 15th Century. There are at least 3 styles of the game, including chemin de fer, banque and punto banco (north american). The North American version being a pure game of chance, while the european styles involve players making choices which involves skill and strategy.

The game is played with 6 or 8 decks of cards, depending on which variant is being played.  All Baccarat games have 3 possible outcomes: Player, Bank or Tie, though the associated payouts vary by game.  While there are both Player and Bank hands, in Punto Banco the player can choose to bet on either the player or banker hand.  The House earns money by charging a commission on each hand played.

The French version of the game, chemin de fer is played with 6 deck of cards

Short Definition: 

A casino card game with several popular variants.


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