Chemin de Fer & Baccarat – A Little Bit of Background

Chemin de Fer, is another version of Baccarat, as is Punto Banco, and it was originally introduced to France from Italy in the 15th century by the army of Charles V111. The name “Chemin de Fer” means ‘path of iron’, which today is the name for the French railway, but then it was called such because the cards were placed in an iron box which was then passed around the table, which could resemble a train with it’s carriages! The modern iron box is of course the ‘dealing shoe’, and these can hold up to 8 packs of cards. Chemin de Fer really started to become popular at the beginning of the 19th century and it was played in all French Casinos and is still the most popular version of Baccarat played in most European Casinos. It was also made famous by the 007 film, Casino Royale when James Bond whiled away his time playing Chemin de Fer and won a considerable amount of money and it is all played in French which adds to the glamour.

Baccarat and its various versions have always attracted high rollers and in America they often play in private rooms due to the large amount of money on the table. Today all the different versions of Baccarat can be played at this casinos and at a live online casino so it is very important to familiarise yourself with the different rules and of course always play for free first.There are so many advantages to playing live online apart from being able to interact with friendly dealers you know the game is taking place in real time from secure casino locations. The one thing about Baccarat is that it is a game of chance and the odds definitely lean towards the casino but you can bet as much or as little as you wish.

Out of all the variations of this game, Baccarat is the most popular one played online and to play large amounts live online an invitations to play is often necessary and not easy to acquire.

But start small and then if you are feeling lucky…go for it!