The term baccarat is generally used to indicate the two main variants of the game, the original French called more properly “chemin de fer” and the American variant, popular especially in online casinos, commonly called “Punto Banco “. The two variations of baccarat have a lot in common. The value of the cards is the same, the winning combination is nine and the game sees the active participation of the dealer.
While the two variants seem almost the same at first glance, they are two very different games. In Punto Banco baccarat the rules of the game are very strict, and the possible bets are on the winning bank, on the winning player or on the tie between the two. Neither the dealer nor the player can decide whether to take other cards in addition to those dealt as the mechanics of the game define very precisely the rules of each phase of this variant of baccarat.
In baccarat chemin de fer the rules are slightly different and require the active participation of several players, who seated on the right and left of the dealer are called “wings”. When the first cards are dealt, both the dealer and the players can decide whether to ask for more cards or stand. Also in this case there are various possible outcomes: the winning bank, a winning wing, two winning wings, a winning wing and the other tied with the dealer.
In chemin de fer baccarat, therefore, the player decides and influences the progress of the game. Playing experience and good strategy are essential to help him decide whether to stand or take another card. As such, chemin de fer is considered a game of skill. In Punto Banco baccarat the player cannot influence the progress of the game hand, and neither can the dealer. Luck is the main component of this game and there are no tricks or strategies to help you win.
Like all games of skill, “chemin de fer” gives the house a lower edge than “punto banco” which is a game of pure luck. Where the player must use strategy and experience, they generally have a better chance of winning the game hand.
Punto Banco is a revised and corrected version of the original “chemin de fer” baccarat. Like many gambling games imported to the United States in the nineteenth century, it underwent several changes, most likely to suit the tastes of American gamblers. Until now this difference is also expressed in the variants offered in the various casinos.
The “chemin de fer” baccarat still retains a place of honor among the table games offered in European land-based casinos, especially in Italy, while in American casinos the “punto Banco” dominates. Punto Banco baccarat is also the variant offered by online casinos that initially aimed mainly at the public of American players.
Another reason why virtual casinos only offer the American variant of online baccarat is that by not requiring any decision from the dealer, this variant is more suited to the game software.…