There is a tale that an Italian gambler named Felix Falguirein first invented the game of Baccarat and it was first played with a deck of Tarot cards. Baccarat means zero in both French and Italian and is believed to have its origins in Italy, but was introduced into France during the reign of Charles VIII in the late 1400s. This makes Baccarat one of the oldest known casino games in the world.
The game of Baccarat played by French nobility was known as Chemin de Fer. It soon became a popular game in England whilst at the same time a different version of the game found itself in North America. The North American version of the game was known as Punto Banco. The variations of the two games were different with Punto Banco being a game of chance and Chemin de Fer a game incorporating an element of skill.
Eventually, Tommy Renzoni, known as the “Father of American Baccarat”, was forced to leave communist Cuba and he brought the game to the casinos of Las Vegas. Baccarat was seen as a game for the rich and flamboyant and was mainly played by the exclusive high rollers in Vegas.
These days everyone in the world plays the game. There are still separate gaming spaces where high rollers can play Baccarat, but you can also play the game online in casinos like Jackpot Party, or play a casino game known as Mini Baccarat, which offers the game for smaller stakes.
Despite the glamorous haze surrounding Baccarat it is a surprisingly simply game to play offering a alternative to popular games like online slots. There are online sites offering free play, so you can learn without risking your money.