The game of Baccarat is thought to be Italian and in fact the word Baccarat is derived from the Italian word Baccara, meaning zero, referring to the zero value given to all of the face cards and tens.
The actual origins of the game dates back as far as the middle ages, where it was originally played with a Tarot deck. However, Felix Falguiere, and Italian gambler, invented the modern version in 1940.
In the 1950s it was introduced to France, and became very popular with the French nobility. The French version of the game, called 'Chemin de Fur' is similar to today’s American baccarat - the key difference is that one of the players banks the game instead of the casino. The title of banker rotates around the table – the casino will then charge each player a fee when they are titled the banker.
The current and most common Baccarat game traveled from Great Britain through to South America, eventually finding its way to the notorious Dunes casino in Nevada in the late 1950's. Since then it has successfully made its way to other land based casinos and online gambling casinos.
Baccarat tables have an aura of glamour and they are often separate from the rest of the games, cordoned off with velvet curtains and played by high rollers. This can make the game seem intimidating and confusing yet it is very exciting and simple to master.