Baccarat variations...European Baccarat, Chemin de Fer, Baccarat en Banque, Mini Baccarat

Baccarat is a game that has been around for quite a while, and has evolved to popular game in a number of countries around the world.  It is not surprising then, that there are a few commonly played variations of the game.  Here are a few of the most notable ones...

 

Mini Baccarat

This one's easy.  The rules and house edge of Mini Baccarat are exactly the same as American Baccarat.  The only differences are a couple of small cosmetic ones...

  1. Table minimums are usually $5 to $10 rather than than $25 to $50, making the game more accessible to non-high rollers;

  2. The speed of the game is very fast and is controlled totally by the dealer.  (In traditional Baccarat there is player participation in the deal);

  3. The game is played on a smaller, blackjack sized tables.

Mini Baccarat is very common now in traditional casinos, and is also the form of baccarat offered by online casinos.

 

European Baccarat

European Baccarat has a few key differences in rules...   

  1. The player has the option of standing or drawing on 5.

  2. The banker (dealer controlled) always has an option on whether to draw a third card, although in practice the decision to draw or not will generally follow the rules of traditional Baccarat.

  3. Betting on the bank to win incurs a 5% charge of the winnings on each bet.

 

Baccarat en Banque

The rules of Baccarat en Banque are very similar to those of European Baccarat, with notable exceptions...

  1. One player and two banker hands are dealt.

  2. The players are allowed to bet on either or both of the player hands, but never on the dealer's (banker) hand

  3. As in European baccarat, the banker (dealer controlled) always has an option on whether to draw a third card, although in practice the decision to draw or not will generally follow the rules of American Baccarat.

 

Chemin de Fer

Chemin de Fer is French for 'railroad' and refers to the shoe moving among the players like a train.

  1. As suggested above, the bank rotates among the players.

  2. The player has the option of either standing or drawing on five.

  3. The play of the banker is optional.

  4. The house plays the role of a broker and collects a fee from the winnings of each banker (no risk involved for the house).

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