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

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

The banker.

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

A player’s total gambling money

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

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

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.

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

French for a round of Baccarat.

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

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

Placing bets

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

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.

Slang for face card or a ten.

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

When the two cards total eight or nine.

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

A win.

A player.

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

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

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

The bank.

Shuffle Up
Early shuffling of the cards by the dealer.

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

The face up card.

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