Although, today the term “Baccarat” is usually referred to the American Baccarat played in North America, there are many other variations of the game which you can find in other countries. They come under different names and rules, but the object of the game is the same – to get winning hand as close to 9 as possible.
The elements that distinguish these games from one another are:
Who is permitted to play the role of the bank
Some other differences.
Chemin de fer
You can find this variation of baccarat game in some European casinos (mostly French casinos). It is not played in the North America where casinos prefer to cultivate Nevada Baccarat, described on American baccarat page.
The object of the game is the same – to get winning hand as close to 9 as possible, and the hand values determined by the same rules as for American baccarat.
The main difference is that the casino doesn’t play the role of banker, In Chemin de fer you cannot just bet on Player or Bank (Punto or Banco), you must be one or the other. The players wager among themselves, and the bank rotates among the players. The play of the banker can be declined, it then passes to the next player to the right, so the shoe moves counterclockwise around the table like a train (Chemin de Fer is French for “railroad”).
In American baccarat you are playing against the House and the casino provides the financial backing for the game. In Chemin de Fer the Casino has no direct involvement in the betting. It only provides:
A dealer or “Croupier” to make sure the rules are adhered to and that everything runs smoothly.
The necessary gaming equipment; table, …