Evolution of Baccarat
Baccarat is believed to be invented by Felix Falguierein in the Middle Ages in Italy. In fact, baccarat means zero in Italian. The game was originally played with Tarot cards and connected to an Etruscan ritual. In the reign of Charles VIII, around 1490 A.D. baccarat was introduced in France and was popular with the French nobility. However Napoleon banned it and for a while the game went underground. During that period it became popular in England not only as a gambling game but also as a fun game to be played without money. Baccarat came to America in the 20th century, where it became one of the most popular casino betway games. In the 1990s the Internet revolution hit the gambling world and online baccarat became popular.
Variants of Baccarat
Like any ancient game baccarat has many variants, apart from the version described here. Out of these three are very popular. Baccarat chemin de fer is popular in France. Chemin de fer is French for railway. Baccarat en banque is played in some European and American casinos. In this version, the bank is operated by the casino and therefore allow a much higher level of betting. Punto banco is a North American variant of baccarat. In punto banco neither the player nor the banker exercises ant choice. All moves are determined by the cards dealt.
Baccarat and James Bond
James Bond has been seen gambling often in his movies and the game he plays most often is baccarat. In fact in his first movie “Casino Royale” the plot revolves around a baccarat challenge between Bond and Le Chiffre. The game also features in “Thunderball”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and “Golden Eye”. In “Dr. No”, James Bond is first introduced when he is playing baccarat.