It has been said the game was first played with a Tarot deck in the Middle Ages in Italy Before long it had migrated to Frances where it was popular with the aristocracy.
This French version evolved into “Chemin de Fer’, the main difference between Chemin de fer and main stream baccarat is one of the players banks the game instead of the casino, the casino taking a commision of course.
A game simular to Chemin de fer called Super Pan 9 is played in some British casinos, banks are not allowed to exceed house limits and 5% commision is charged on winning bets. The modern game of Baccarat as we know it originated in Great Britain, where it is also know as Punto Banco.
It was then passed along to most of the British Empire and South America and finally to Nevada. The infamous Dunes casino introduced baccarat in the late 50’s, and since then it has made its final migration online.
Baccarat is an international game being very popular among the Asian population who visit Las Vegas each year. The highest of the high rollers often come from overseas to try their hand under the chandeliers of the stylish Vegas baccarat rooms. In casinos based in the Portuguese territory of Macao, near Hong Kong, the popularity of baccarat is unrivaled. Unlike the heavily ordered and systematic American casinos, these Portuguese tables often allow multiple players to bet on a single spot at the same time, while the expert dealers mentally keep track of each players commission on winning bank bets.
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