History of Baccarat

Baccarat is one of the most popular casino games, but its history is still undefined, there are various theories about its origins and evolution:

  • some think it originated in the Middle Ages
  • hypothesis is that he was born as an evolution of another game with tarot cards

It also seems that the origin of the game is all Italian, as a notorious usurer Abruzzo, Lino Bussoli, invented this game to make money;
One theory is that Baccarat has been popular in France from Macao (Chinese territory until a few years ago a Portuguese colony), especially in aristocratic circles and in the court of King
Only after one of these possible theories Baccarat to America, but here in a manner not entirely clear, some argue that the game took off in a well-known casinos in Las Vegas, the Sands, in 1959, others speak of a certain Tommy Renzoni who brought this game to its casino in Cuba around 1960.

To date, however, Baccarat has been famous around the world, with different variations, even if its spread in Macao is particularly high.
In Italy this game is also called baccara (which is still a Italianization real name), which means “zero”. To date there are 4 official versions of Baccarat:

  • The American
  • Chemin de Fer
  • The European
  • En Banque

Trivia: The game of Baccarat also appears in the book by Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” in 1953, when the famous secret agent James Bond must defeat, at the gaming tables of Casino Royale-les-Eaux France, the banker Le Chiffre, a ruthless gambler and operator of brothels.

Card Values

In the game of Baccarat the cards have the following values:
the cards from ace to 9 have their face value;
the figures are 0 and 10.

How to calculate the scores

In Baccarat the final score is given by a sum of the cards in hand, subtracting from it any tens.

you have in hand: an Ace, a 4, a woman = 1 + 4 + 0 = 5 “5 points of the hand
you have in hand: a 5, a 10, a 9 = 5 + 10 + 9 = 24 “to calculate the score will take away the tens (20), then the score of the hand is 4