Baccarat History

The beggining of Baccarat are not well known. The majority of individuals believe that Baccarat goes back to the Middle Ages, even though several gaming mentors have conflicting opinion of its inventor and most, yet not all, claim that the game was initially played with a deck of Tarot cards.

According to one belief, Baccarat is claimed to have been developed by Lino Bussoli, a money lender from Italy, in the high altitude and remote region of Abruzzo. Lino Bussoli was feared all through the are due to his crroked business relations and his terrible presentation. Having a severely hooked nose, it did not help that both his ears were choped off by a local soldier as a form of disciplinary action for his crooked manner and unfaithfulness to the commonwealth. This did not prevent Lino from coming up with new and ingenious ways to earn money, altough, and some claim he is at fault for a few gambling games which have grown and changed over the years as they expanded to different areas of the globe.

The first adaptation of Baccarat found its way to France, where it found a home among the French privileged class. The game continued to progress and currently there are 4 modern day variations:

  • American
  • Chemin de Fer
  • European
  • Baccarat en Banque

It is not clear when Baccarat first made its way into American casinos, altough. One account claims that it arrived at the Las Vegas Sands casino between 1959 and 1960, from Cuba by casino owner Tommy Renzoni, right before Castro took control of the Island. This variation of the game was derived from the French variation Chemin de Fer, and seems to have came to Cuba through Argentina. In the end, the game found its way to the internet with its online variation.

Baccarat has a long history abroad as well, which is demonstrated by its acceptance within the populous in Asia who come to Las Vegas every year. Several of the biggest high rollers often come from abroad to try their hand in the sparkeling lights of the Vegas Strip Baccarat halls. In casinos found at the Portuguese controlled area of Macao, the popularity of Baccarat is unmatched. Unlike the highly controlled and regulated U.S. based casinos, the Portuguese tables regularly permit multiple players to bet on a single spot at the same time, while the dealers keep track of every player’s commission on winning bank bets.

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