Baccarat StylesEven though baccarat by today's standards usually means the American rule set, there are actually a couple of different baccarat variations out there to be played.
Most of the rules are still the same and the game flow is very similar as well. The primary differences are slight rule changes in accordance to who gets to bet and when, including who gets to play the role of the banker.
Chemin de ferYou can find this variation of baccarat game in some European casinos (mostly French casinos). It is not played in the North America where casinos prefer to cultivate Nevada baccarat.
The object of the game is the same - to get a winning hand as close to 9 as possible.
The main difference is that the casino doesn't play the role of banker, In Chemin de fer you cannot just bet on Player or Bank (Punto or Banco), you must be one or the other.
The players wager among themselves and the bank rotates among the players. The play of the banker can be declined, it then passes to the next player to the right, so the shoe moves counterclockwise around the table like a train (Chemin de Fer is French for "railroad").
In American baccarat you are playing against the House and the casino provides the financial backing for the game. In Chemin de Fer the Casino has no direct involvement in the betting. It only provides:
European BaccaratEuropean baccarat has two key differences in rules as compared to American baccarat:
When a player wants to cover the entire banker's bet, he calls out "banco" and no other players are allowed to bet during that round.
Players who choose to bet with the bank to win are charged the same 4 or 5 percent of their winnings, like in any other version of baccarat.
Baccarat en BanqueThis variation of baccarat you can find in some European casinos. The goal of the game is the same - to get as close to 9 as possible, but the difference is that only the house plays the role of banker (the bank is operated by a casino employee).
In other versions of the game (Classic or Chemin de Fer) the player with the most money is usually declared the banker or the deal rotates among the players by passing the shoe counterclockwise around the table, and each "Player" alternate being the "Banker". Since the Casino is a Banker, the bets can be much larger than when another player is acting as the bank. Also, the game can be played with as few as one player (in Chemin de Fer there must be two players at least to players to start the game).
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