Baccarat in Italian translates to Zero. It also means Zero in French, which is why a lot of people say the game originated in France, while others argue the game debuted in Italy. One thing for sure is that Baccarat is one of the oldest casino games in the history of gambling. The game is named Baccarat because one of the main game rules is that all ten-value cards — including tens, queens, kings and jacks all have a value of 0. It is also used to describe a hand that has a total of 10. For instance, if a hand has a 7 and a 3, the total is 10 which is equal to 0, thus the hand is called Baccarat.
The game was documented for the first time in 1400s in Italy and then spread to France. Although the game debuted in 1400, it took more than five-hundred years to become mainstream and become a premier casino game in Europe. Baccarat was a popular gambling game among the royalty class in France and there was more than one version of the game. In the rest of Europe, Chemin de Fer was the most popular, while Punto Banco was the most commonly played version in England. Interestingly, the baccarat version that made its way through South America to the United States was the English version of the game.
Over the course of time, only three main versions remained popular: Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banquet. The three Baccarat games follow the same guidelines and basic rules but they differ in the gaming procedure and the dealing order of the cards. The most commonly played Baccarat version in the United States is Punto Banco, also called Mini Baccarat. When all of the cards are dealt players will only bet on one of the 3 possible outcomes. In US casinos, players will find mini baccarat tables all over the casino. Mini baccarat has lower betting limits so they are often found at the regular casino floors.
Of course, with the development of online gambling, Baccarat became one of the greatest online casino games available. Whether players live in the United States or Europe, they will be able to find any version of Baccarat at their favorite casino. Due to its popularity, the game is one of the few that can be found at the Live Casino section of online casinos. Live Casino Baccarat lets players interact with a live dealer and other players during the game play, which adds to the fun and the excitement of the online Baccarat experience.