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Variations of Baccarat

Baccarat is a very popular cord game which is being played all over the world. The made a journey round the world over the centuries and gained the present form. As the game travelled trough different countries, each country made its contribution to the game. The game therefore for different variations, which are played in different parts of the world. The basic rules of the all the variations are the same – to get a natural nine or eight in the first two cards or draw a third card to get a score closer to the perfect nine. The four main variations of the game are mini baccarat, punto bunco, chemin de fer and baccarat banque.

Mini baccarat

This is a mini version of the game, as the name indicates. It is played round a table and accommodates only seven players instead of eight. America prefers this variation of the game and is widely played all over the country. Instead of the usual three croupiers required in the bigger version of the game, mini baccarat is played with only one croupier. He acts as both the dealer and the banker. The most attractive feature about mini baccarat is its low bet rates. This is the reason why a majority of small time gamblers prefer this game. Unlike the other versions of the game, the mini baccarat table is not roped off in the casinos. It is played in the open like other casino games.


Chemin de Fer

Chemin de Fer is the French version of the game, although this is an offshoot from Italy. The game has slight variations when compared to the other version of the baccarat. Mainly, the game is played using six decks of cards instead of seven. The croupier only shuffles the cards. The cards are distributed by the player who is the banker. All the players get to be the banker in turns. So, the game involves more active participation of the players. The game cards are distributed face down, instead of face up. The decision to draw the third card rests with the player. The first chance to play will go to the player who places the biggest bet and the other play subsequently. This is not played much these days.

Punto Bunco

When baccarat made its way into Argentina after being rejected by the Americans in the 1950s, and further travelled to Cuba, Punto Bunco form of the game was born. This Cuban version of the game involves the highest number of players. Up to 14 players can play in the Cuban version at once. The players are called Punto and the banker is called Bunco. Six to eight decks are used in the game and the dealer or the croupier does all the shuffling and distribution. The players don't get to decide on the third card. It is dealt anyway, and the winner is announced by the croupier or the dealer.

Baccarat Banque

In this version of the game, one of the players will play the role of the dealer for the whole game, unlike chemin de Fer, where all players get a chance. Lesser number of decks is used in this version of the game. This popular European version of the game offers big bet options to the players.