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.
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.