Baccarat got its name from the Italian word for zero, which is “baccara.” It was given this name, as it was originally inspired from an Italian game played with Tarot cards. The name itself was chose, as all face cards and number 10 cards are given the value of zero.
Baccarat has been popular since its creation in Italy during the middle ages. It has since that time been quite favored among the aristocracy and has held on to its upper class reputation even to this day.
It is a particularly trendy in European casinos, though it has evolved quite a bit since the original game, now being played with standard playing cards, and having three variations: European baccarat, the French “chemin de fer” and American baccarat, which was developed in South America when it was first brought over to the new world.
In the Americas, it was at Cuban casinos that the game was most popular, but when they were shut down, it rapidly joined the American casinos in Las Vegas. It is now widely available on the Internet, making it much more accessible to the average person who does not have a casino nearby.
At the casinos, baccarat tables are among the most luxurious ones available, with velvet ropes, well-dressed men and women monitors, chandeliers, marble, security guards and anything else that can be provided to create an atmosphere of glamour and opulence. Baccarat tables will almost certainly have large numbers of people around them, and this feature becomes one of the main attractions for people to join in. The game inspires sensations of sophistication, elegance, and everything a high roller is seeking in a casino experience.
This can also make it quite intimidating when it comes to the new player, or the player not part of an aristocracy. It is a game, after all, most popular among those with higher social standing and the treatment of the participants is quite different from that within other games.
Of course, social standing is not the main reason that baccarat tables are sometimes avoided. There is an extremely high betting requirement associated with the game that goes along with the entire atmosphere that surrounds it. Minimum bets can be as low as $25 and will even range into the thousands.