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This deceptively simple pursuit has garnered a mystique and reputation unequaled in the casino world. It's the game of choice for international high-rollers, and one of the riskiest propositions for both the casino and players. For one thing, there’s no such thing as a $2-minimum table in baccarat.
The idea is to make the game so expensive that it eliminates any possibility that anyone with the wrong pedigree will ever join a game.Because of this, daredevil players from around the world are actively courted and lavishly pampered by the handful of casinos that offer baccarat. Believe it or not, the ripple effect of a casino’s good or bad luck at the baccarat table can be felt as far away as Wall Street, as the stakes always are measured in the tens of millions of dollars.

This game, pronounced Ba-Ca-Rah, is similar to chemin de fer in Monte Carlo and other European gaming hubs. It is played with eight complete decks of cards, which are shuffled by the dealer, or croupier, and placed in a special box called the "shoe." The object of the game is to come as close to the number 9 as possible. Face cards and 10s, or any combination of cards totaling 10, count as nothing. The ace is counted as one, the deuce as two, etc. The player with the “shoe” is considered the banker and continues as such as long as the bank hand wins. When a player's hand wins, the "shoe" is then passed to the next player, who then becomes the banker; a player may pass the "shoe" if desired. The cards are dealt from the "shoe" by the person acting as the banker.
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