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A Summary of Baccarat Card Game History

The classy baccarat card game has a history of nobility. It used to be the favorite of the elite and wealthy.

It was said to have originated from Italy and later brought to France. Then it somehow landed on the districts of Nevada. However, each country has a peculiar baccarat card game version each claims to be native to their locality. In Italy, back in the middle ages, the baccarat card game was said to have used Tarot decks. Much later, in early 1900s, an Italian gambler developed and named it into the baccarat card game we know today.

Actually, the original term "bacara" is zero or nil in English. This is because all picture cards and ten cards are equivalent to zero in baccarat card game. French nobles quickly caught the baccarat fever in the mid 1900s and later brought the excitement of the game in early casinos. In those times the Banker bet was played by a player, not the house. Thus, the baccarat card game was more profitable that time than today.

Like the dealer button in some poker variants, the Banker position was shared by al players through a rotation process at the table. The only catch then was that any player playing Banker paid a commission to the house. It was fair enough, because Banker bets were and are always looked at in Baccarat card game as profitable.

Rumor has it that a pagan religion myth provided the basic ruling of the game. The myth goes that some gods wagered on a blond virgin through dice casting. A dice result of 8 or 9 decided that the virgin would be appointed priestess. Lesser dice results meant various tragic consequences for the virgin, the end being banishment under water.

From the classy societies of France the baccarat card game emerged on the shores of England and then on to the shores of South America. Finally, the card game found its home in the US where it progressed and proliferated. Vegas got a distinctive taste for it, especially when Cuba outlawed casinos. And so what baccarat card game we know today is actually a subtle mix of European card games "chemin de fer."

Some rulings have been added to the game as different recipients tried innovations on it, but basically we have a baccarat card game that is close to its European ancestor. The baccarat card game has been a great and stylish card gambling amusement since it came to be.