The History of Baccarat

The strange name, Baccarat means “Zero” and it is an Italian word. Its origin generated a lot of controversy; we don’t know for sure which culture gave birth to it, but it is a very old game. Some sources suggest that the idea of this game originates from an Italian gambler, named Felix Faluierein, and the first time it was played, a deck of Tarot cards were used.
Like so many other activities in life, Baccarat also has a myth attached to it. This myth tells the story of an Etruscan ritual. In the ritual a virgin had to throw 9 sided dice, and if the dice showed 8 or 9, she won and she could be a priestess, but if they showed 7 or 6, she could stay alive without being allowed to roll the dice once more. And in the worst situation, if the dice showed any number less than 6, then she lost, and had to drown herself in the sea.
The French learned how to play Baccarat in the 1490s, after the game got introduced to them, and it became a game of nobles. In that time, it was illegal to play Baccarat, so everyone played it secretly. Through history, the game got legalized and banned several times, until it grew popular and casinos spread all over France. Here the game was called “Chemin de Fer”, which means “railroad”, and it has kept its name in France and Spain till this day.
While Baccarat was slowly introduced to more people in France, it quickly became very popular in England. It got even more popular when Queen Victoria ‘s name got mentioned in the subject. More precisely, her son’s playing partner was caught having baccarat troubles.
The game reached the US in the 20th century, where a lot of attention was brought to the settings and dress codes. The Americans did their best to attract as many people they could.
Today, players can try their luck at the mini-Baccarat table in casinos, or even play online Baccarat in their own homes. Whatever the type, this game proved to be one of the most exciting games that lasted through centuries, and will surely last many years to come.