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Baccarat is a comparing card game whose origins – like so many casino games – are far from clear. It is a simplistic game, hence its popularity, and the most commonly played casino variation, called punto banco, involves no skill or strategy at all, with each move determined by the cards one has. The other two main versions of the game involve some choice by the player but, despite being James Bond’s favourite, chemin de fer and the even less well-known baccarat banque, are found in virtually no online and very few offline casinos.

There are three bets available in baccarat and in punto banco the house edge is usually just over 1% for bets placed on the banker or the player and a whopping 14% and more for those foolish enough to place a bet on the tie (although in the UK many casinos pay out at slightly higher odds for this, reducing the edge to a more reasonable 4% or so). Baccarat came to Vegas in 1959 but its origins may date as far back as before the time of Jesus Christ, although in its current guise a date of around 1500 is probably more realistic. Regardless of history, this fast, fun game is well worth checking out – just don’t bet on the tie… ever!

Punto Banco Baccarat is a definitely a game of chance, as players must make moves given the hand they are dealt. Even so, however, we provide tips on why you should always bet on the banker, avoiding side bets and keeping your bets simple.

The game of Baccarat involves two hands – the players and the bankers – with the object of creating a two or three card hand closest to nine without going over. This sections provides further details with regards to the object of the game, as well as the rules of the more popular version of the game – Punto Banco Baccarat.

Baccarat quite possibly got its roots from the Italian game of macao or the French game, le her, as both games share commonalities with the present day card game. Here we also explain the history behind why 9 is the magic number in Baccarat.