Several modified variations of baccarat have developed over the centuries. Three of these, as described below have survived until the present time:
Baccarat Chemin de Fer: This is the original baccarat based on the fundamental roots of the card game historically played in France. Nowadays, it is a real rarity to find a casino offering Chemin de Fer. You might come across this variation, but only in France. It is virtually impossible to find in the United States. The rules are less conventional and the player can affect the outcome of the game by his own decisions. The players can approach the game more actively as they, throughout the game, take turns in shuffling the decks and in drawing cards.
Baccarat Banque: This variant is very similar to Chemin de Fer, the only difference is in the role of the banker, who is usually the player with the largest pot of money to gamble. Baccarat Banque can be played in some European casinos, but this variation is much less popular than Punto Banco.
Punto Banco: The game is also known as Nevada Baccarat or American Baccarat. This is a game of chance, with no skill or strategy involved. The whole game depends purely on luck. The course of the game is pre-determined by precise rules. Therefore the fact that this version of baccarat is currently the most popular sounds rather paradoxical. Unlike the following variations, Punto Banco can be played in the vast majority of online casinos. Due to the high popularity of this version of the game, the rest of the article will be devoted to this form of baccarat.
Different versions of Baccarat can sometimes be played in a few casinos, so be advised to check the individual casino rules before playing. To check the game rules, simply click on the game description.