Baccarat variants

Baccarat had evolved in Europe and then migrated to the rest of the world where it evolved once again, that's why today there isn't only one 'main' baccarat version. There are many baccarat variants played at land based casinos and even more at online baccarat casinos and choosing which one to play is a matter of personal affection.

The American baccarat variant is called Punto Banco which is mainly played in the US and in Australia. At this baccarat variant the house edge on a Bank bet is 1.06%, a Player bet has a house edge of 1.24% and a Tie bet has 14.44%. In this game there are only two hands – the Bank hand and the Player hand and no more. This game is played according to a strict set of rules which cannot be bent.

The French variant of baccarat is called Chemin de Fer. In this version the Player hand moves along the baccarat table from player to player. In this baccarat variant the rules are more dynamic then in Punto Banco and players may choose whether to receive another card from the croupier or not. Also in this baccarat variant one of the players gets to play the Bank hand while putting his own bankroll to support his wages and the croupier oversees the game.

Baccarat Banque is very similar to Chemin de Fer but here the position of the Bank hand moves more easily between players. The banker sits in the center the table, in front of him is the croupier, and among them, from every side of the table, there are five players in both sides. At this baccarat variant ten players can play at once, which isn't available in other baccarat variants. There are other baccarat variants but these three are the most popular among baccarat players.

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