Baccarat is one of the oldest of all the casino games. The game traces its origins back to the 1400s. It was first created in Italy, and the name of the game actually means “zero” in the Italian language. Although it was only slightly popular when it was introduced in Italy, baccarat took off like a rocket when it was introduced to the French in the late 15th century.
The game was a massive hit with the French nobility. They played it constantly for very high stakes. In fact, the French nobility were so fond of the game that they continued to play it often even when gambling was outlawed by the French king Louis XIV.
From France, the game spread slowly throughout the European casinos. Like most casino games in those days, the game was almost exclusively played by the nobility in lavish casinos. It was also sometime played in nobles homes as well.
During the 29th century, baccarat moved on from Europe to the United States. French and English immigrants brought the game to the New World, and it became somewhat popular in riverboat casinos along the Mississippi.
Although it came to the United States in the 19th century, baccarat was not very popular outside of Europe until the 20th century. It was in the 1950s that the legendary Dunes casino decided to create a new version of baccarat to make it more appealing to American gamblers. This new version of the game, known as Punto Banco, made the house the bank for both the player’s and the banker’s hand.
This new way to play the game was a huge hit in the Las Vegas casinos, and the popularity of the new version quickly led it to become the preferred version of baccarat around the world. Casinos in Las Vegas, Europe and Macau now primarily offer the Punto Blanco variety of baccarat that was first introduced in Las Vegas.
After Las Vegas introduced the new version of baccarat, it increased the popularity of the game due to its better odds. It quickly became known as one of the most profitable games for high stakes gamblers, and it still has that reputation today.
Although baccarat is popular in Europe and the United States, it is in Asia where it is most popular these days. Asian gamblers cannot get enough of the game, and it is the most popular casino game in the gambling mecca of Macau.