A Brief History of Baccarat

Although many people are aware that baccarat exists because they have either played it in a casino or have seen in on TV or in a James Bond movie, very few people are actually aware of where the game started.

The Etruscan Legend

The most popular story behind the origins of baccarat comes from ancient Europe where a similar game was said to be played with a nine-sided die. In this version, the game was not about money; it was played to predict the fate of blonde virgins. As the story goes, the young woman would be asked to toss the die in order to determine her future. A number of five or less required the lady to leave immediately and travel the seas for eternity, a six or seven meant that she would live as an outcast forever, and an eight or nine meant she would become a priestess and be revered by everyone.

The Falguierein Version

Several centuries ago, a man by the name of Felix Falguierein developed a game that was played similarly to baccarat but used Tarot cards instead of the traditional decks used today. In Italy, Falguierein's native country, baccarat directly translates to the word 'zero'. However, French historians tend to argue this as the word has the same meaning in their language. The game certainly went through an interesting legal battle in France. It started out as illegal and was legalized some years later by the government. When Napoleon took power, it was made illegal again and then legalized some years later for the second and final time.

These days, baccarat certainly enjoys a huge presence in land-based and online casinos all over the world. Though the game varies from country to country and region to region, it is still highly enjoyable and simple to play.