It is said that the origins of casino baccarat can be traced back to the 15th century, however there’s some speculation on whether it stems from France or Italy. Felix Falguerein, the believed founder of this card game, called it ‘baccara’, the Italian word for zero, but as time passed the French spelling gained more prominence. Baccarat en Banque and Chemin de Fer were favoured by the nobility of the time and 007 himself even plays the latter in that infamous Dr. No scene.
Despite it being the less popular choice among UK players, classic baccarat is fairly straightforward. Also called Punto Banco, the purpose of each round is to predict which hand - player or banker - will be closer to 9 or that both hands will result in a tie. In brick-and-mortar casinos, it’s customary to find space for up to 12 players whose bets are catered for by as many as 3 dealers, or Ladderman. Evolution Gaming
keep things simpler with one croupier and a shared betting area, but their bean-shaped tables, reminiscent of the ones found in Macau, add a touch of authenticity.