Dictionary of Baccarat Terminology

Auction


Bidding for the bank at chemin de fer (old form of Baccarat) at the outset of play and when the player voluntarily gives up the bank.

Baccarat


Pronounced bah-cah-rah. The name for the game. Derived from the Italian word baccara, meaning zero.

Baccarat a Deux Tableau


A variation of chemin de fer, where three hands are dealt, and there are no set rules governing the bank's play. Also known as Baccarat en Banque.

Baccarat En Banque


A variation of chemin de fer, where three hands are dealt, and there are no set rules governing the bank's play. Also known as Baccarat a deux tableau.

Baccarat Rules of Play


The highest total any baccarat hand can have is nine. A two card total of nine is called a "natural" and cannot lose. An eight is the second best hand and is also called a natural. If both player and bank are dealt identical hands, it is a standoff (a tie) and neither bank nor player wins. No further cards can be drawn to a two card draw of 6 or 7.

Banco


[1] The Banker. [2] The term used by a player who decides to fade the entire bank bet in chemin de fer (old form of baccarat, played in Europe)

Banco Prime


The privilege of the player to the bank's right to fade the entire bank bet in chemin de fer (old form of baccarat, played in Europe) when there is more than one player calling banco.

Bank


The hand in all forms of baccarat which is dealt last and acts last.

Bank Hand


The hand in all forms of baccarat which is dealt last and acts last.

Broadway


An aluminum container to hold the discarded cards. The bucket is in the middle of the layout.

Burn


To discard a number of cards at the beginning of the shoe.

Burned Cards


Cards discarded after the decks have been cut and before actual play begins.

Callman


The dealer who runs or calls the game of baccarat.

Chemin De Fer


The European version of baccarat, where players bet among themselves.

Comb


Another term for Lace: To randomly place cards into a stack of cards one at a time.

Commission


The 5% charge on winning bank bets in baccarat or chemin de fer, also known as juice, vigorish, vig.

Commission Box


Where the lammers are placed to indicate the amount owed by the players for all bank wins.

Coup


French for a round of play.

Cover


In chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called fade.

Cover the Bank Bet


In chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called fade.

Croupier


French for dealer.

Dealer


An employee of the casino who staffs and services the game of Baccarat.

Down Card


A face down card.

Face Cards


The jack, queen, and king, which together with the 10, have a zero valuation.

Fade


In chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called cover or cover the bank.

High Roller


A player who wagers big bets.

House Edge


The casino's advantage over the player. In baccarat the best bet is always on the banker and the fewer the decks the better the banker bet. Eight decks baccarat has a house edge of 1.06% / 1.24% (banker bet / player bet). One deck baccarat has a house edge of 1.01% / 1.29%. These differences in percentage do not seem large, but they do have a considerable impact on play in real life. Dealt and played using "standard" rules, a winning Banker bet is charged a 5% commission. If ties pay 8:1 the casino's advantage is 14.11% on ties. If ties pay 9:1 the casino's advantage is 4.8% on ties. In some casinos, ties are permitted to be bet on.

La Grande


The French term for a 9 dealt as a natural.

La Petite


The French term for an 8 dealt as a natural.

Lace


To randomly place cards into a stack of cards one at a time.

Lammers


Lammers are used to mark up commissions.

Mini Baccarat


A number of casinos have installed smaller Baccarat tables, usually among the blackjack tables. It is the same game but the rituals of passing the shoe, etc., are missing and the game is staffed by only one dealer. The layout, however, conforms to the regular Baccarat table and each seat position (one through 6) corresponds to a number and betting box. Limits are usually from a $2 to $5 minimum up to $500 maximum. Mini Baccarat is played fast but the exact same rules apply as in the larger game.

Natural


The original hand consisting of the first two cards, which total 8 or 9.

Player Hand


The hand opposing the bank hand, which receives cards and acts upon themselves.

Punto


The Player.

Rule Card


The card that shows the printed rules of play for baccarat and chemin de fer.

Sabot


French for shoe.

Shills


House employees, usually attractive young women, who sit around an empty baccarat table to attract players to the game. Also starter.

Shimmy


The American slang expression for chemin de fer.

Shoe


Device, usually a wooden box, used for holding and dispensing playing cards to be dealt.

Shuffle Up


Premature shuffling of playing cards by the dealer.

Standoff


A tie.

Starter


House employees, usually attractive young women, who sit around an empty baccarat table to attract players to the game. Also shill.

Tie


A tie between the player and the Bank, neither side wins. If ties pay 8:1 the casino's advantage is 14.11% on ties. If ties pay 9:1 the casino's advantage is 4.8% on ties. In some casinos, ties are permitted to be bet on.

Upcard


A face up card.

Vigorish


The 5% commission charged on winning banker hands. Also vig, or juice.

VIP


A Very Important Person. Usually a big bettor or a high roller.



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