A History of the Game of Baccarat
Although many like to claim that the game of Baccarat was
derived in France, the most commonly accepted source for
its creation is the Italian gambler Felix Falguiere. In Italian “baccara” means
zero. Since both France and Italy use a close variation of
its name, it is difficult to determine for sure which country
it came from.
Many claim that the Italian gambler who invented this game
based it on an ancient ritual, which is very similar in its
nature to the present game of Baccarat.
Each country has made slight changes in how the game is
played to meet their individual needs. Still the game maintains
its unique style and ongoing appeal as one of the most desired
One version of its history claims that Baccarat was first
played in the Middle Ages using the Tarot cards. By the 15
th century when it arrived in France, it had become a game
solely played by the upper classes. Eventually it became
a game referred to in French as “chemin de fer”.
This is similar to the game that is played today in American
casinos which is referred to as Baccarat.
The present version of Baccarat was originally played in
Britain from where it was carried to South America and then
eventually to Nevada. In the late 1950s it was introduced
at the Dunes casino in Nevada.