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How the game originated

Both the French and the Italians are claiming to be the original authors of the game baccarat. By some coincidence the term baccarat is found in both the languages with the same meaning which forms the basis of this contention. The Italians maintain that baccarat was invented by Felix Falguierein during the middle ages. They argue that this game was based on a type of an Etruscan ritual of nine gods and that it was played with a deck of Tarot cards.

There was a blonde Italian virgin girl who prayed to the nine gods on her tiptoes as she waited to throw a 9 sided die, so the story goes. The side of that die that would face up would determine the fate of the virgin girl. An 8 or a 9 would mean she becomes a priestess. A 6 or a seven would mean she is banned from all the religious activities while any number which is less than 6 would require her to drown in the sea.

For the French the game is believed to have been introduced in around 1490AD and the game was played by French noble families before it turned into a casino game.

The Spread of Baccarat

Baccarat is agreeably an old game which has been played in different countries around the world. It has acquired varied rules and its variations also depend on the places where it is played despite its historical origins. The French baccarat known as Chemin de fer gained popularity in England. There it was christened European baccarat before the game spread towards South America.

Tommy Renzoni is credited with having introduced baccarat to the US in the 1950s. It had been introduced in to the well known Dunes Casino in Las Vegas in the late 50s after the government of Cuba banned the Havana Casino. Despite the evolution baccarat has undergone from place to place, it has maintained its essential characteristics and remains popular among big time gamblers in many cities around the world. The game is more common among the very rich in the gambling society.

Types of Baccarat

More types of baccarat have emerged including the mini baccarat with more or less similar features to the American Baccarat save for a lower table limit more simple procedures to cater for lower cadre gamblers. The game is also available in online casinos for gamblers willing to play baccarat online especially the mini baccarat on classic rules.

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