Online baccarat is the latest evolution for a card game that can trace its heritage all the way back to the Middle Ages. Although nobody can tell with exact certainty when the game came to be, we do know that it has been played throughout Europe, Asia and the America’s for hundreds of years. The popularity of the game comes due to the fact that it is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable casino games and due to the fact it is strictly a game of chance that requires absolutely no skill or strategy to play.
There are only a few different variations of baccarat, with each version being preferred by a different group of players. The three types of online baccarat are:
- Punto Banco (The game preferred by players in most of Europe, Asia and the Americas)
- Chemin de Fer (The game of choice for players in France and Belgium)
The games are very similar, especially in appearance; however it is the rules that make the difference. That being said, if you can play one type of game, the chances of understanding the others are extremely high. The main differences between the various games are the dealer. In Punto Banco the casino banks the game and will commit to playing both hands according to their fixed drawing rules, whereas Chemin de Fer, the player can decide if another card is needed or not.
Playing Online Baccarat
As popular as baccarat is, there are still many land based casinos, particularly in the US, that do not offer baccarat to their patrons. Every single online casino however, will not only offer you both variations to play, they will also allow you to play free baccarat games. This is perfect for those who have yet to experience the sheer brilliance of the game, but who are hesitant to spend any money playing a game they know little or nothing about. Playing for free will give you the freedom to test the game, without the worry of losing too much money and when the time does come to bet, you will have learned enough about this extremely simple game to feel confident enough to play for real. Alternatively, you could visit our how to play baccarat page, where you will find a comprehensive tutorial that will teach you how to play Baccarat.
Baccarat Strategies and Techniques
Online baccarat is purely a game of chance, there is absolutely no skill or strategy required to play the game. The simplicity of the game is what makes various strategies, especially card counting, completely useless, especially when the decks are reshuffled after each game. That being said; there are a few betting techniques and that will help you play a little better, which can be found on our baccarat strategy page.
The Billionaires Choice
Online baccarat is one of the most popular casino games in Macau and is well known to gamblers from all walks of life. So much so that baccarat revenues for all Macau casinos reached the 30 billion dollar mark in 2012, a new record high for the game. This popularity is due to its simplicity, the entertainment it provides and most importantly, the large sums of money you can win when playing. If you like the sound of online baccarat, we highly recommend you try it, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
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