Called the ‘younger cousin’ of Blackjack, Baccarat should be known as the older cousin, as the game is known to have been invented 200 years before blackjack. Making its way to United States even later, around early 20th century, it didn’t gain popularity until around 1950’s.
The game comes in three different versions known as: baccarat chemin de fer, baccarat banque, and punto banco. Punto banco is also generally called North American baccarat. The mini-baccarat is a variant of the North American version. With lower betting limits and faster game play the Mini-baccarat is the most popular version of Baccarat.
Like in blackjack the aim is to get a higher value hand not over 21. The number that cannot be crossed in baccarat is 9. The game is completely luck based with the house having very low edge. The blend of easy rules, luck and low house chances makes Baccarat one of the most popular casino games played today.
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