Baccarat Card Game in Cinematography

Baccarat casino game and all its variants are played and loved all over the world today. That is why it is not surprising that this game feels itself straitened in land-based casinos and it starts finding new fields to show itself. Cinematography has become the perfect basement for this goal: many films can be found today where baccarat is noticed being one of the main actors. It is possible to find in about 20 films which introduce baccarat but everybody definitely knows just the most popular of them.

Casino Royale

James Bond was a big fan of baccarat game and played it in almost all films about Agent 007; for example, baccarat can be met in such movies as Dr. No, Golden Eye, For Your Eyes Only. But the main one is still Casino Royale of 1967 where baccarat plays the main role during the whole film. Casino Royale was a parody on the original book of Ian Fleming (Casino Royale of 2006 showed James Bond being the admirer of poker just because this game was very popular then).

A Hard Day’s Night

This is the film of 1964 where the world-famous band The Beatles played main roles. A Hard Day’s Night tells about some days from The Beatles’ life when they came to London from their native Liverpool to take part in the TV show and give a concert there. A lot of funny and curious situations happened to them there and we have an opportunity to observe them. One of the situations was connected with John Lennon’s grandfather: he came to the casino to play baccarat though did not know the rules at all but was able to win a rather big sum of money.

Rush Hour 3

The films of Jackie Chan are always interesting and funny to watch. He is one of baccarat admirers by himself and this fact is easy to see in some of his films where he uses the game for some curious situations. The famous movie Rush Hour 3 is not an exception: one of the scenes shows us Chris Tucker who comes to a casino and joins baccarat table in order to seduce a beautiful lady. But he does not know the rules of baccarat and considers his hand of 3 Kings being a winning one though it means zero and his total loss.

Baccarat – A Casino Card Game With III Phases and a Bit of History

Before I explain this Baccarat game that dates back to the 15th Century, let’s review a brief bit of history. Americans got their first real glimpse of this casino game during the 1962 James Bond movie, Dr. No, when Bond, played by Sean Connery, was winning in a Monte Carlo casino. The game was Chemin de fer.

Phase I – Chemin de fer

In this original version Players wagered among themselves and won or lost with their own money. A dealer shoe rotated around the table counterclockwise after each hand. Players could decline the bank and pass the shoe to the next player. A 5% commission for winning bank hands paid to the house was to cover the casino overhead.

Phase II – Punto Banco

Punto Banco, meaning Player, Banker, was introduced in Nevada from Cuba in the late 1950’s, where it was very popular until Castro closed he mob run casinos. The main difference from the French version is that the house banks the game. A tie bet was added to increase the house edge, and the 5% commission to the house for a winning bank bet remains in place. Eventually the name baccarat, Italian for zero, was coined. Today baccarat is played in high limit rooms throughout the world where millions are won and lost each day.

Phase III – Mini-Baccarat

Eventually gaming establishments saw profit potential with Baccarat however they had to make it attractive to the average player. Hence, a new version was born, Mini-Baccarat.The rules for this game are exactly the same as Punto Banco except one house dealer controls he game for up to seven players. Table minimums are as low as $5 or $10. Numerous optional side bets have been added to increase the house edge.

How to Play Baccarat

The objective of baccarat is for the player to come as close to the number 9 as possible. Aces count as one, 2’s – 9’s are face value and 10’s – K’s count as zero.

Regardless of the number of players, the dealer only deals two hands from a six or eight deck shoe. Prior to the deal players must first place one bet on either the bank hand, player hand, or tie. Croupiers pass the shoe so players have the option in turn to deal the cards. In Mini-Baccarat, the shoe remains in place and the dealer controls all the action.

When a hand is totaled, it cannot exceed 9. If the two cards total more than 9, the first digit is dropped. The second digit becomes the total. Ex: 7,8=15. (the 1 is dropped) total = 5.

Baccarat requires no skill to play. All the player needs to do is place one bet before the deal. The dealer examines both hands to determine if a third and final card should be drawn. The determination is made according to a fixed set of game rules. Here they are:

Game Rules for Player Bet

The player position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2,3,4,5, unless the banker has a natural 8 or 9. Player always stands on 6,7,8, and 9. When the play bet has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Game Rules for Banker Bet

The banker position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2 unless the player has a natural 8 or 9. The banker always stands on 7,8, and 9. When a banker has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Strategy

No playing strategy is required. Always bet the bank which has the lowest house edge at 1.06%, even with the 5% commission owed to the house. A player bet has a house edge of 1.24% while the tie bet that pays 8 to 1 has a whopping house edge of 14%!. This bet is not recommended. A number of optional side bets at the mini tables have house edges from 2 to 13%. These are not recommended.

Good luck!