Baccarat is an old game, indeed, one of the oldest in the Casinos. There are many sources pertaining to it, but its true roots are indeed lost in the shadows. However, there is a very real possibility that it can be traced back to Tarrochi, a game that was played in the middle ages with a deck of Tarot cards. Another source conceded that it is based on an ancient Etruscan ritual, where a virgin threw a nine sided die, and, according to the outcome, it was decided whether she would become a priestess, be banned from religious activities completely, or be killed.
Whatever the ancient sources of baccarat are, there is no doubt that it is among the most played in the casino, where an aura of mystique surrounds the game and the minimums are kept high. Online Baccarat as well is very well populated in the online casinos. It is interesting to trace baccarat all through the years and to see the different variations of the game. While it was in France the game became Chemin de Fer. Which means "railroad" and it is still played in this way to this day in France and Spain. In this way baccarat history is fascinating, as is the game itself.
Article Written by Vince Peterson on the 21st of june, 2005
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