History of Baccarat

Baccarat originated from the Chinese Empire from a tiles game called "Pai Gow" which was very popular among the upper classes. The phrase Pai Gow means "create a nine" in Chinese, which resembles to the objective of modern Baccarat. There's no doubt that Pai Gow is linked to the history of baccarat. The game probably migrated before the first century with merchants from the Far East to Europe as there are many Roman legends from the 1st century telling of the 'game of the gods' where a die was rolled and nine was the most favorable out come, as in modern baccarat.

The game evolved behind the curtains of history as little of the game is told during the first centuries. Only in the 14th century the game reappeared in Italy as a card game played with Tarot cards. The game was very popular among the upper classes just as Pai Gow, the ancestor of baccarat from the Far East.

The game spread wildly during the 15th and 16th century to France, where the Royal Family embraced the game with much affection. Later on it moved to England and before long the game migrated to North America and to South Africa with the help of sailors and – once again – rich merchants.

All along the history of Baccarat it was considered as a game of noblemen since high rollers were the main clientele of this card game. The history of baccarat split as each nation developed its own version of baccarat. The Americans invented the Punto Banco, the French have their Chemin de Fer and other version of the game evolved during the 19th century in Canada, Australia and in South Africa.

Today, the game of baccarat can be played at the biggest and most glamorous landbased casinos and even online at your favorite casino