The number one casino game in the world is a mystery to many American casino players. Baccarat has a history of its origins in gambling shops in Italy and France.
But over the past thirty years the rise of casinos has been mainly in Asia but has increased in the United States. It has made it a game that casino managers as well as gamblers flock to.
Casinos in Macau, since being dethroned by Las Vegas in 2006, have made more money than any other city in the world. Last year, 40 Macau casinos earned more than 88 percent out of a total of $ 33.2 billion from baccarat.
The only game that delivers more wins for Strip casinos is slot machines, and in Las Vegas there are significantly more slots than baccarat tables.
The goal of the game is to come closer to nine than the opposite hand. If your total number of cards is over nine, the first digit will be discarded. For example, the number seven and the number six would lead to the number 13, reduced to three. 10-digit, tens, odd, queens and king cards count as 0, while aces count as one.
The dealer follows a set of rules that determine if a third card will be drawn. So the player’s only decision is to bet on which hand and how much to bet.
Zender says that, for the past twenty years, Asian players have mostly chosen their baccarat game because it is especially suited to their cultural preferences.
“The cards are shuffled, and they go into the dealing round,” he said. All are based on predefined rules. So they believe their luck flows into the shoe. This is very important.
Bill Zender is a former Nevada Game Control Agent, casino dealer. Current chief executive and consultant, he has written the book literally about casino game management. He has seen baccarat evolve significantly over his 40+ years career.