History of BaccaratLike many games of chance the hostory of Baccarat is shrouded in a cloud of mystery. Most experts agree that the first game of Baccarat was played during the middle ages, however the name of the creator and what type of card was used is lost to history, although most believe the first games of Baccarat used a Tarot deck.
One theory has Lino Bussoli an Italian money-lender based in the remote mountainous region of Abruzzo inventing the game. Bussoli was know and feared throughout the region for his shading dealing and appearance. Bussoli had both ears removed for punishment for hos crooked behavior and disloyalty. Not only were his ears missing by his nose was severly hooked adding to his unpleasent appearence. Bussoli was always devising new ways to make money and is believed to have created the fore-runners to many of todays gambling games.
Eventually Baccarat made its way to France where it became a big hit with the French aristocracy. The game continued to evolve and today there are 4 contemporary variations:
- Chemin de Fer
- Baccarat en Banque
As popular as Baccarat is in North America, it is even more so in Asia. Asian big rollers flock to Vegas each year to try their hand in the glamour, glitz and plush Baccarat rooms of the casinos.