Baccarat is the Italian word for “zero”, which is also the value of all the playing cards and 10’s that you find in the decks that are played with. That’s because you never need to get above 9, so why would you need big scores? It can be very reminiscent of the game of Blackjack, but you don’t need to get all the way up to 21 to win the game. Players may like online Baccarat better than Blackjack just because it seems simpler when you don’t have to get so many “points”, but that’s not exactly how it works?
Where does the game actually come from?
Baccarat online is a game that has actually been played much longer than many of the other table games you’ll find in casinos, in fact we’ve found evidence that this game has been played since 1490. But there are rumours that the game has been played even longer than that. So really, it’s up to anyone what they want to believe.
The game comes from Italy, but that might not be a big surprise since we already told you that Baccarat is the Italian word for zero?
When it was first played, many, many hundreds of years ago, it was played with the tarot deck and not the deck that it is played with now. Back then, the rules were so much different than what they are in the game we know today. Back then there was perhaps a bit more magic about the game, but today it’s more about the numbers and possible outcomes that you can get from the game.
In today’s version of online baccarat, there are three possible outcomes of the game, these will always be random, it is not possible to predetermine the game. It is either “player”, “dealer” or “settled”. The first to reach a score of 9 is the winner of the game. The number of cards in the deck gives you the score, which is probably why playing cards and number 10 are worth zero in this game, because what would you do with a score above 9?
A lot of this may look very difficult when you first look at the game, but it’s actually not as difficult as it looks.
Different variants coming to market
This game, as with many others, was developed as a variant, but very soon you started to see more variants being developed. The most serious players know exactly how to play all the different variants, while beginners may just stick to the one they have been told is the original variant until they start testing out the other variants that are now available of this game.
There are three different variants of the game right now, but that’s not to say there won’t be a few more in a few years, for example, but even if we have three to choose from, it’s just two of them that have been very popular, and the ones that have been played the most.
The variants that are the most famous and popular right now are the variant “Chemin de Fer” and the American variant “Punto Banco”. It is perhaps Punto Banco that we hear the most about, but we can also find the other popular variant Chemin de Fer.
The rules of all the different variants are actually more or less the same, at least when we look at the basics. But some of them have come up with some different types of bets that you can place and maybe some more rules to combine them with the different bets that you can place.
Which variant suits you best is not something we can tell you, it’s something you have to choose yourself. It pays to take a look at all the different variants before you make the choice of which game you want to play.