Baccarat | Its History and Things You Need to Know!
To many baccarat is an unknown in the casino, you will often see it roped off in exclusive looking areas of the casino and being played by people who look like they know what they are doing and have money to burn. Most people that have even heard of baccarat are unaware of how to play and the origins of this seemingly exclusive game, so I will try to enlighten you. First off, it is not an exclusive game; it is open to all and is not only very simple but offers the lowest house advantage in the casino. Its origins are the source of much debate but I will go into what is considered to be the most accepted version.
French and the Italians Invention
The French and the Italians both claim that baccarat is their invention - it is even thought likely that the earliest roots of the game can be traced back to a pagan ritual. This ritual decided the fate of a young virgin and consisted of nine spirits praying whilst she tossed a nine sided die. If she tossed either an 8 or 9 then she became the priestess of the temple, a 6 or 7, the she was to leave and never partake in any further religious activity but rather scarily if she rolled below a 6 then she had to walk down to the sea and drown herself.
20th Century Origin
In the early 20th century the game of Baccarat made its way across the Atlantic to North America where it quickly went out of fashion. In the 1950s it crossed the Atlantic again. However, this time it went south, to Argentina where it became popular in the casinos of Mar del Plata, a haunt of the wealthy in the South America.
Baccarat next headed north to Cuba where it became known as Punto Banco. Further rule changes post Cuba leads us to the American version of SEXY BACCARAT where players play the casino instead of each other. And it was just a few years after this that a guy named Tommy Renzoni brought the game to the casino floors of Las Vegas. Here it made a better impression then its first visit but even to this day its air of exclusivity has prevented it from becoming as popular is it really should be, as I stated earlier, it offers the best odds in the casino!
The next obvious step for Baccarat was to move into the online casino realm. Now, without the snobbish air that prevents many people from attempting to even play in casinos, it is a game that is ever increasing in popularity and is fast becoming one of the best places for the intelligent gamblers to be placing their chips.
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