The History of Baccarat

History of BaccaratThe History of Baccarat is tied to France and Italy and goes back to the fifteenth century. Initially when baccarat was played in Italy, Tarot cards were used but later the 52 card deck was introduced.

The name originates from the Italian word “baccara” which translates to   English as zero. It was played with a 52 card deck and in the game the ten, jack, queen and king all have zero value. So a hand of six and four also has a value of zero.

Baccarat gained popularity with the upper classes in France and Italy. It was however played by the middle classes in the many illegal clubs which existed at the time.

The creator of the game believed to be the Italian gambler Felix Falguerein. However, the game only became popular when it came to France. It was played by French soldiers at the time of Charles VIII at the end of the 15th century.

Initially there were two baccarat variations, “Chemin de Fer” and “Baccarat en Banque”. The international version as we know it today came out of America. It arrived in the US taken there by the many immigrants of the time. Baccarat was not instantly popular during the 19th century because blackjack already existed.

It was not until the 1950’s after arriving in Cuba where it was called “Punto Banco” that it finally found fame in America. Tommy Renzoni, a casino player and writer took it to Las Vegas.

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By the time of the millennium the birth of the online casinos the game soared in popularity as an alternative to blackjack. Today there still three variations of the game enjoyed by players all over the world. It is one of the one of the most popular online casino table games today. The history of baccarat should not change much more.

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