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Baccarat has been enjoyed around the world for many decades. In fact, the origins of the game go so far back that no one can be 100% sure about where the game originated.

There are two main schools of thought with regards to where the origins of Baccarat lie. Researchers seem to be torn between two countries when trying to determine where the game was truly born, i.e. France or Italy.

“Baccarat” comes from “baccarat” which in both French and Italian is translated to mean “zero”. The term baccarat is used to refer to the worst possible hand that can be dealt when playing baccarat, i.e. a hand that has a total value of zero.

The most acceptable version of the story of how the game of Baccarat was born and developed will be discussed below.

An Italian gambler by the name of Felix Falguierein is attributed with inventing the very first form of Baccarat that made use of Tarot cards. Baccarat moved to France in the 15th century and became known as “Baccarat en Banque” and “Chemin de Fer”. It was particular enjoyed by the upper class in French society.

From France, the game moved on to England when the rich English class took quite a liking to it. The rules of play were altered and the game now acquire a new name, i.e. “European Baccarat”.

From England, Baccarat spread to the United States of America but was not greeted with much enthusiasm. In Argentina however, the game of Baccarat was received particularly well and the game of “Punto Banco” was created. This version of the game is also referred to as “North American Baccarat”.

The game was also popular in Cuba until Fidel Castro took power and shut down every casino. In 1958, Tommy Renzoni reintroduced the game of Baccarat to the United States of America after playing it at a casino in Cuba. The game was introduced into the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It was the Punto Banco version of the game that was brought to the USA and this is why this version of the game is so popular in the USA today.