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History of Baccarat

Baccarat is a card game originally intended for high rollers and members of the aristocracy. Till a few years ago, it was associated with elegance and exclusivity. The game was considered a highly private one. To create an air of opulence, players at Vegas were treated to a luxurious environment with special chairs, cuisine and other services.


Origin – Italian Gambler Creates the game in 15th Century

It is said to have been invented by an Italian gambler, Felix Falguerein during the 15th century. The gambler was always on the lookout for innovative methods to make money. It was not until the end of the century that the game became well-known.


Late 15th Century – French Soldiers Popularize the Game in France

The card game was brought to France by Charles VIII’s soldiers in the late 15th century. The game became an instant success with members of royalty. Two variants of the game were created in this country are – Baccarat en Banque and Chemin de Fer.


Tarot cards were used to play the game in Italy. This was soon changed to standard decks of 52 cards. As in France, the game was enjoyed by the aristocratic members and nobility in Italy. Although it was assumed that individuals from the middle class could not play it, the game was, in fact, being played at several association gatherings that were illegal. The name means zero in Italian.


Early 20th Century – the game is Introduced in the US

It took a long time for the game to make it in the US. The game was introduced by French and Englishmen but it did not become an instant hit, as blackjack was the preferred card game during this time. The game did not stand a chance as the whole country was intent on playing blackjack games.


1920 - 1950s – the game Becomes Popular in Cuba

The game was brought to Cuba a few years later where it became a popular pastime. It was known as Punto Banco in that country, continued to enjoy good reception from players. It was in the 1950s that a player and writer, Tommy Renzoni, brought the game back to the US.


1960s – Vegas Features the game

Renzoni re-introduced the game in Vegas. This time, the game was well-received by the Americans. As the Cuban name and the rules were retained, a third variant was established. The previous two variations were still being played in Europe as the new version of the game was not accepted.


Online Baccarat

Advancements in technology have allowed players to easily access and enjoy the game at casino sites. Earlier, the game had an aura of exclusivity, but now millions play the game all over the world. Attractive bonuses are offered on all their variations of the game to players.


Today, all 3 variations of the game are offered across the world. Another variation of the game is Mini Baccarat where players can learn the game without risking large amounts of money. This is one variation that does not require a strategy for winning.


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