• Baccarat: Bond's Favorite Game

    No one who has grown up with the Bond franchise can look at baccarat and think that it is merely a casino game. Thanks to 007, baccarat has enjoyed a popularity like no other casino has ever enjoyed, despite the fact that only a handful can afford to play it.

    Indeed, baccarat is not your average run-of-the-mill casino game. It is even situated separately from other casino games in the casino floor, and the games are presided over by dealers in tuxes. To put it simply, baccarat is an exclusive game, and more often than not, only the wealthiest of the wealthy can afford to play it.

    Baccarat is a card game played by a dealer, called the banker in this case, and as many as ten other participants. The role of the banker is awarded in an auction to the highest bidder, who then finances the bank with the amount of the winning bid. The banker plays against the the table in an order usually determined by the amount each player has bid.

    Baccarat uses at least three and as many as eight, but usually six 52-card decks. These are shuffled together and are not shuffled again until the bank changes hands or until seven cards or less remain undealt.

    the banker deals three hands of two cards each, face down and one at a time, to the left, to the right, and one to himself. The players are called punters and they may bet that either the left or the right hands will beat the banker's hand.

    Card Values

    Face cards and tens are counted as 0, aces as 1, and other cards are coutned according to their numerical value. When the total of one hand is more than 10, the tens unit is dropped. For example, a 6 and 6, which adds up to 12, is counted as 2. The aim of each player is to have a hand that is as close to 9 as possible. Each player can request one more card, dealt face up. The rules say that a player can request form another card if his hand equals to 4 or less and stand if the count is 6 or more. If the count is 5 the player may stand or draw. The banker is can always stand or draw.

    The banker only pays off only the amount of money in the bankat the time of play and may not remove any of the bank money unless he wants to play losses. He may withdraw from play after the deal has been completed and the bets settled. If he losses all the money in the bank or gets out of the game, the bank is then auctioned and a new game is started.

    Baccarat went through a time of great popularity and was played in the most eclusive casinos of France. But it has never caught on in the United States and before long was replaced by Chemin de Fer.