Baccarat Terminology and Glossary


Baccarat Terminology/Glossary

There are many words to describe the exciting game of Baccarat, but elegant isn’t normally one of them. Baccarat is a game of prestige and elegance that often takes place in an exclusive area of the casino. Baccarat gets its name from the Italian slang for the word “zero” which is the value of face cards and 10's in this game.

The goal of baccarat is to have the sum total of your hand closer to nine than the other hand. All the cards are their face value with the following exceptions: Aces are worth 1, and 10's and face cards are worth zero. The baccarat hand is made up of 2 or 3 cards.

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Baccarat Terminology

Baccarat
The worst hand in Baccarat, which is the count of zero.

Banco
The banker.

Banker/Player Bet
Betting on the dealer or the player (not a tie).

Bankroll
A player’s total gambling money

Burning
Discarding the top 3-6 cards after shuffling before the start of play.

Caller
The croupier at the baccarat table in charge of the cards.

Carte
The French word used to request a card from the dealer.

Chemin De Fer
European Baccarat variation where one player is the bank, deals the cards and takes the bets.

Commission
5% ‘fee’ that the house takes on winning bank bets.

Coup
French for a round of Baccarat.

Croupier
Casino workers who deal out the cards and who oversee the betting.

Face Cards
The Jack, Queen and King of any suit.

Fading
Placing bets

House Edge
The casino’s natural advantage over the player.

Ladderman
The casino employee who supervises the Baccarat table.

La Grande
A natural totaling nine which is the best hand in Baccarat. (The big one, French)

La Petite
A natural totaling eight (The little one, French)

Loss Bet
A bet against the bank.

Mini Baccarat
A smaller version of table Baccarat which was used to popularize the game and introduce it to mass casino culture.

Monkey
Slang for face card or a ten.

Muck
Eight card decks of 52 cards each, used at the start of the shuffling process.

Natural
When the two cards total eight or nine.

Palette
A long flat wooden stick that the croupiers use to move cards on the Baccarat table.

Pass
A win.

Punto
A player.

Push
A bet that is neither a winner or a loser and the money is held over until the next round.

Shills
A person who is a worker of the casino, used to lure people to the Baccarat table.

Shoe
An automatic dealing machine that counters any accidents in the dealing process.

Shooter
The bank.

Shuffle Up
Early shuffling of the cards by the dealer.

Standoff
When the player and the bank are joined in a tie.

Upcard
The face up card.

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