Baccarat, as a form of gambling is often associated with elegance not only for its high-rollers, but also because it is a casino that is typically available for play in fancy and beautiful casinos only. Consequently, it is more often mistaken by beginners as craps because it utilizes a playing table almost similar in size as that of the rcraps table. Some, on the other hand, do not know what baccarat is since it is popularly known as Punto Banco in some countries. What makes baccarat a distinct game however, is its large number of players, about 12 to 14, and its three dealers. Due to this complexity of baccarat’s nature, it is not uncommon for players to find it a bit difficult than challenging. Nevertheless, one can conquer this game fruitfully, once he has learned the mere basics of baccarat or Punto Banco.
Most experts claimed that judging through the name of the game, which is a French word for zero, one could already generalize that baccarat sprang from the rich and glamorous history of the French. Nevertheless, with this plain presumption, controversial clamor began to be ignited as many countries wanted to claim the origin of the game. Fortunately, with the help of thorough research baccarat’s past was genuinely excavated. Through careful tracing of its roots, it was found out that the game was invented and developed by the Italian gambler Felix Falguierein, who originally played the game by means of using a deck of tarot cards. The game he devised later on became a nobility and royalty form of recreation before it even landed on the halls and rooms of casinos.
The setup of baccarat is simple. The croupier is standing halfway down the table, where he can be conspicuously seen by both the players and the dealers. On this spot, he is expected to make call on hands and or direct players on the gaming procedure. On the other hand, the two dealers stay behind the area where the chip rack stays. They primarily serve as the people who will pay or take the bets of the players depending on the results as verified by the croupier. The 14 gamblers are evenly distributed on both ends.
At the beginning of the game, the two dealers will shuffle together eight decks of cards. The croupier will take a stash of cards that is equivalent to two decks. Then, he will shuffle or lace these cards into the rest of the cards before placing them in a covered “shoe” position. The number 1 player will act as the “Banker”; he will receive two cards for each hand. During the game, only two hands will be obliged to deal: the “no. 1 player’s” and the “banker’s”. The players, including the no.1 player, will then try to predict which hand holds a numeric value that is closest to 9. Face cards and ten cards are valued as zero; aces, one, and suit, none. Any summed up value that is greater than nine will have the digit on the left dropped. For instance, 9+9=18, the count then shall only be read as 8. Winners of the game will then be verified by the croupier and will be paid by the dealers on cue.