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How to Play Baccarat

How to Play Baccarat (Punto Banco)

How to play Baccarat - Punto BancoLearn how to play Baccarat or Punto Banco as it became known when it was taken to Cuba in the 1950’s. Baccarat is still often known as Punto Banco today, especially in the online casinos.

In a real casino Baccarat is normally played in a segregated area. When playing at an online casino it can be played with a live dealer. In a real casino the game is played with casino chips. Baccarat is strictly a game of chance, no skill is involved.

It has become a popular game particularly with Asian gamblers. Punto Banco is the most highly played game in the casinos of Macau. You do not need to go to Macau learn how to play Baccarat, just read on.

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History of Baccarat

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.

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Gambling History

Gambling History from Ancient Times to the Online Revolution Today

Gambling History - Ancient DiceAncient Gambling History

There is evidence  in gambling history that it all started in Egyptian times as far back as 3000 BC. A pair of dice was discovered in an Egyptian tomb. However it is not known whether it was a popular pastime with wagers being made. Maybe it was just a simple game.

According to documented gambling history it all started back in the ancient Greek and Roman times. There were references to it being born from the Gods. Although not legal in those times, it was practised by all walks of life from peasants to Emperors.

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