Rules of Baccarat
When you choose to play baccarat, you can do so with confidence because it is highly regulated. The game requires a small set of rules to play and the game itself is a long term affair that can last for many years. These are some of the baccarat rules of thumb.
The game was developed in the seventeenth century by Francois Domenico Roddamme who was an Italian banker. It evolved into a form that the game today would be known as when playing at casinos. At that time it was played on a fixed board (known as the ‘chair’) with players competing to get the highest amount of points. The minimum sum of money needed to play was also the same as today and playing in pairs or in a pair of stones gave a similar effect to the game.
The original set of rules of baccarat were not very strict. The low limit on playing, the number of players allowed and the number of chips dealt at one go were all minimal restrictions on the rules of baccarat. Today these laws have been greatly relaxed to meet the demands of modern players. The number of players allowed has been increased from three to seven or more. In the past the casino would have allowed only two or three players at a time.
There is also no limit on the number of chips that can be bought. Players may hold more than the minimum amount in order to give them greater odds. In the past, when playing baccarat at casinos the lowest limit was five thousand francs, five thousand francs. Today it is not unusual to find players holding sums of money which would have bankrupted a banker in the eighteenth century.
Another rule of thumb about baccarat is that the game is played using a system of betting called ‘septante’.The players use numbers and represent them using dots, which signify the winning of the bet. The player gets to place their bet either when they are already at a particular position or they may place the bet when the number they are using on the table is equal to the number of the highest card on the table. It is usually the other player’s turn to place their bet in this way.
The system of septante involves the players using a system of betting called ‘petit’ which is another word for ‘possession’. The idea is that if a player is holding the highest card on the table then the player can make a ‘possession’ to claim that card. This is done when the player is not yet in possession of the card. The only exception to this rule is that if the player is already holding the highest card on the table then the player cannot make a possession bet to do so.
Finally, the word ‘joint’ means that both players are placing bets in the same direction. There are no other rules in baccarat that distinguish between whether the bet is made in the right or left hand. The only exception is that the top card on the table does not matter when there is a deal.
The rules of baccarat can be easily explained because they are basic. The variations which include the rules of bluffing are a special case of the game, which have their own rules that cannot be applied in the normal way.