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Although the game debuted in , 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: 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. 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.

In this section, we are going to discuss the gaming procedure of the most popular Baccarat version, which is also the original baccarat version that came from France, Chemin de Fer. There are six decks in play in this game and they are all shuffled together. Players are seated around an oval-shaped table and any discarded cards will go to the middle of the table. The game starts with the player to the right side of the dealer and takes a counterclockwise direction from there. One of the seated players will become the banker and he is going to deal the cards while the other players will become the bettors.

The banker will also place a bet and the punters will see if they want to match the wager of the banker. One of the players will go bank, which means that he will match the wager. If no one chooses to go bank, the player who has placed the highest individual wager will be the one who will speak for the punters.

The banker will then deal two cards to the players and 2 cards to himself. The banker and the player who represents the punters will check and view the cards.

If any of the hands have a total of 8 or a 9, they must say so. When they do, the hands will be revealed and a comparison will take place. The hand that has the highest total will win. On the other hand, if none of the hands are equal to 8 or 9, the player will decide if he wants a third card. If he accepts the third card, it will be dealt facing up for everyone to see.

Of course, mathematically, players are advised to ask for 1 more card if they have a hand total between zero and four. They should not ask for another card if the hand total is equal to six or seven. After the player makes his choice regarding the 3rd card, the banker will have his turn to make the same decision. After both the player and the banker make up their minds, all of the cards will be turned face up and the hand that has the highest total will be declared the winning hand.

If the banker wins, he or she will continue being the banker and players will lose all of their bets and another round will begin. This means that players will only make one move for each hand, unlike other card games such a Blackjack where players will keep making decisions during gameplay.

In Baccarat, players will simply choose one of the 3 available bets and will bet on the banker, the player or a tie; the cards will then be dealt according to a set of rules. Although the 3 different versions of the game have slightly different rules, they all have the same basic guidelines and rules that we are going to discuss in this section. Nine is the maximum hand total because whenever a hand total reaches 10, it will equal zero, making 9 the highest hand.

Whenever a hand total goes over 9, it will restart back to zero. Here is an example of how to calculate the hand total:. If the 2 cards forming the hand are 7 and 2, the total is nine; if the 2 cards are a 7 and a 3, then the total is zero; and if 2 cards are 7 and 4, then the total is 1.

When the two hands are dealt, the comparison will take place — the gaming procedure depends on the hand total of the two hands. If any of the two hands has a hand total of 8 or a 9, the round ends and the winning hand will be paid off. In that case, the hand that has the hand total of a 9 will beat the other hand that has any other total.

This enables different horses running at different racetracks to be objectively compared. Bismarck - A favourite which the bookmakers do not expect to win. Black-type - Boldface type printed in bold. Horses that have won or been placed are printed in boldface in the listing to easily distinguish them from the rest.

Designation for a stakes winner or stakes-placed horse in a sales catalogue. Blanket Finish - When the horses finish so close to the winning line you could theoretically put a single blanket across them.

Blinkers - A cup-shaped device applied over the sides of the horse's head near his eyes to limit his vision. This helps to prevent him from swerving away from distracting objects or other horses on either side of him. Blinker cups come in a variety of sizes and shapes to allow as little or as much vision as the trainer feels is appropriate.

Blow-out - A short, timed workout of about a mile in distance, usually a day before a race, designed to sharpen the speed of a horse blow him out.

Board - Short for 'Tote Board' on which odds, betting pools and other race information are displayed. Bold Print listing of horse printed in bold - See 'Black-type' above. Bomb er - A winning horse sent off at very high odds.

Book - A bookmaker's tally of amounts bet on each competitor, and odds necessary to assure him of profit. Running a 'book' is the act of quoting odds and accepting bets on an event and the person doing it is called the 'Bookmaker'. The person or shop who accepts bets. Bookmaker - Person who is licensed to accept bets on the result of an event based on their provision of odds to the customer. Bottle - UK slang, odds of 2 to 1. Box - A wagering term denoting a combination bet whereby all possible numeric combinations are covered.

Boxed in - To be trapped between other horses. Bobble - A bad step away from the starting gate, sometimes caused by the ground breaking away from under a horse and causing him to duck his head or go to his knees. Bolt - Sudden veering from a straight course.

Book - A collection of all the bets taken on fixed odds betting events. Bookmaker Bookie - A person registered and licensed to bet with the public. Breakage - Those pennies that are left over in pari-mutuel payoffs which are rounded out to a nickel or dime. Breakdown - When a horse suffers a potentially career-ending injury. The occurrence of injury or lameness in a horse in a race or workout. Break Maiden - A horse or rider winning the first race of a career. Breeze breezing - Working a horse at moderate speed.

Broken Maiden - A maiden horse that won its first race. Breeders' Cup - Thoroughbred racing's year-end championship. First run in Bridge-Jumper US - Bettor who specializes in large show bets on odd-on favourites. Bug Boy - An apprentice rider. Bull Ring - Small racetrack less than one mile around. Buy the Rack US - Purchase every possible daily-double or other combination ticket.

C Canadian - Also known as a Super Yankee. A Canadian is a combination bet consisting of 26 bets with 5 selections in different events. The combination bet is made up of 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five 4-folds and one 5-fold.

Card - Another term for fixture or race meeting. Caulk - Projection on the bottom of a shoe to give the horse better traction, especially on a wet track. Chalk - Wagering favorite in a race. Dates from the days when on-track bookmakers would write current odds on a chalkboard. Chalk Player - Bettor who wagers on favorites. Checked - A horse pulled up by his jockey for an instant because he is cut off or in tight quarters. Chute - Extension of the backstretch or homestretch to allow a longer straight run.

Claiming - Buying a horse out of race for entered price. The process by which a licensed person may purchase a horse entered in a designated race for a predetermined price. When a horse has been claimed, its new owner assumes title after the starting gate opens although the former owner is entitled to all purse money earned in that particular race.

Claiming Box - Box in which claims are deposited before the race. Claiming Race - A race in which the horses are entered subject to claim for a specified price. Each horse entered is eligible to be purchased at a set price. Claims must be made before the race and only by licensed owners or their agents who have a horse registered to race at that meeting or who have received a claim certificate from the stewards. Client US - Purchaser of betting information from horseman or other tipster. Close US - Final odds on a horse e.

Confusingly equates to 'Starting Price' in the UK. Closer - A horse that runs best in the latter part of the race closing race , coming from off the pace. Co-Favorites - also Co Fav Where three or more competitors share the status as favorite. Colors Colours - Racing silks, the jacket and cap worn by jockeys. Silks can be generic and provided by the track or specific to one owner. Colt - An ungelded entire male horse four-years-old or younger. Conditional Jockey - Same as 'Apprentice' but also allowed to jump.

In the USA, each State has its own rules on coupled entries. The 'coupled entry' represents a single betting interest. Jack owns horse A and horse B. Jack's entry would therefore be 1 and 1a.

This is considered a bet on number 1 for betting purposes and you get 2 horses for the price of 1. Correct Weight - Horses are allocated a weight to carry that is checked before and, for at least the placegetters, after a race. Correct weight must be signaled before bets can be paid out. Cracking Pace - When the leader or the leaders of a race run at a very quick speed, usually in the early stages of a race. Cross Fire - When a horse's hind foot strikes the opposite front foot or leg.

Crossing to the Fence - A horse that begins from one of the positions out wider on the track and then moves down to the inside fence, is referred to as crossing to the fence. Crossing to the Lead - A horse that begins from one of the positions out wider on the track, moves down to the inside fence and then speeds to beat all other horses to the leading position of a race is referred to as crossing to the lead.

Cuppy - A "cuppy" track. A dry and loose racing surface that breaks away under a horse's hooves. D Daily Double - Type of wager calling for the selection of winners of two consecutive races, usually the first and second. Daily Racing Form - A daily newspaper containing racing information including news, past performance data and handicapping. Daily Triple - A wager where the bettor must select the winner of three consecutive races. Dam - The mother of a horse.

Dark Day - A day when no racing is scheduled. That will also theoretically reduce in half give or take your losing expectation. If the sequence goes Banker, Banker, Tie, you treat the Tie as if it did not occur. You would therefore continue to bet Banker. Here I am going to throw you a curve ball. When Player loses to Banker you will not wait out the next decision. You will immediately hop on the Banker. Now, should Banker lose, follow number 4!

We are always looking for Banker streaks. Essentially you are betting a coin flip when you play baccarat. That makes it a tight game. Still, even with coin flips you can experience outrageous streaks for good or ill. If you are betting, say, 10 units per decision, give yourself units as your session bankroll and should you lose that you take a break. Get up and get out.

Give yourself some decent amount of time before you start playing again. Lose it then take the rest of you win and go on break. Baccarat is a fun game. If you have a friendly table you can get in some socializing as well. Frank Scoblete grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Along the way he taught English for 33 years. He has authored 35 books; his most recent publisher is Triumph Books, a division of Random House.

He lives in Long Island. Frank wrote the Ultimate Roulette Strategy Guide and he's a well known casino specialist. How to Play a Soft 17 at Blackjack. The 3 most misplayed hands in Blackjack. How to Play 16 Against Dealer

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