Why is Baccarat a Popular Casino Game?

Baccarat is considered as the most sophisticated casino game today. The game is often associated with James Bond movies together with some beautiful ladies hanging over the table raking some pile of chips worth 10,000 or more. Baccarat is actually a very famous game. What is the reason behind the game's popularity?

The probable reason would be that baccarat is a game of simplicity and elegance. To maintain baccarat as a game of high rollers, baccarat tables are usually situated in a secluded room or surrounded by velvet ropes. Men are dressed in tuxedos and ladies in evening gowns including the dealers.

Another possible reason that baccarat is popular is the fact that the game has a very low house edge. But a great characteristic of baccarat is that it brings great profits and gains to the casino.

The history of baccarat goes all the way to the 15th century where the game was invented in Italy. During the reign of Charles VIII, the game was introduced in France.

Baccarat literally means "zero" in both Italian and French languages and the game is initially played with a deck of Tarot cards. Baccarat became a popular gambling game of the nobles in France and a variation of the game that evolved from it called "Chemin de Fer" is still played today.

The game was able to migrate to England and was further developed causing the emergence of "European Baccarat". The continued its travel from England going to South America, then to Cuba. Because of the casinos of Havana, baccarat was able to enter the United States and was accepted in Vegas in the 1950's.

Frank Sinatra, a co-owner of the Sands casino during that time, became an instrument in spreading the popularity of baccarat in Vegas. High rollers are the constant target of the game. But lately, several casinos in the United States not offer mini baccarat. This version of the game has lower stakes and played on a regular table like that of blackjack.

Today, there are three recognized baccarat variations. The following are (1) Baccarat Chemin de Fer or railway, (2) Baccarat Banque or a deux tableau, and (3) Punto Banco North American Baccarat.

Punto Banco variation is commonly played in the countries of United States, Canada, and also Australia. The Mini Baccarat, which recently has become popular, has some similarities with Punto Banco. The only difference is the size of the table played.

The game of baccarat is very popular ever since and continues to be such through the coming years. With the introduction of Mini Baccarat, low stake players can now enjoy the elegance and simplicity of the game. And wherever casinos you go to - land-based or online - baccarat will always be there for your chance to win some big money.