Dictionary of Baccarat Terminology
AuctionBidding 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.
BaccaratPronounced bah-cah-rah. The name for the game. Derived from the Italian word baccara, meaning zero.
Baccarat a Deux TableauA 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 BanqueA 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 PlayThe 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 The Banker.  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 PrimeThe 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.
BankThe hand in all forms of baccarat which is dealt last and acts last.
Bank HandThe hand in all forms of baccarat which is dealt last and acts last.
BroadwayAn aluminum container to hold the discarded cards. The bucket is in the middle of the layout.
BurnTo discard a number of cards at the beginning of the shoe.
Burned CardsCards discarded after the decks have been cut and before actual play begins.
CallmanThe dealer who runs or calls the game of baccarat.
Chemin De FerThe European version of baccarat, where players bet among themselves.
CombAnother term for Lace: To randomly place cards into a stack of cards one at a time.
CommissionThe 5% charge on winning bank bets in baccarat or chemin de fer, also known as juice, vigorish, vig.
Commission BoxWhere the lammers are placed to indicate the amount owed by the players for all bank wins.
CoupFrench for a round of play.
CoverIn chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called fade.
Cover the Bank BetIn chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called fade.
CroupierFrench for dealer.
DealerAn employee of the casino who staffs and services the game of Baccarat.
Down CardA face down card.
Face CardsThe jack, queen, and king, which together with the 10, have a zero valuation.
FadeIn chemin de fer, to cover all or part of the bank bet. Also called cover or cover the bank.
High RollerA player who wagers big bets.
House EdgeThe 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 GrandeThe French term for a 9 dealt as a natural.
La PetiteThe French term for an 8 dealt as a natural.
LaceTo randomly place cards into a stack of cards one at a time.
LammersLammers are used to mark up commissions.
Mini BaccaratA 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.
NaturalThe original hand consisting of the first two cards, which total 8 or 9.
Player HandThe hand opposing the bank hand, which receives cards and acts upon themselves.
Rule CardThe card that shows the printed rules of play for baccarat and chemin de fer.
SabotFrench for shoe.
ShillsHouse employees, usually attractive young women, who sit around an empty baccarat table to attract players to the game. Also starter.
ShimmyThe American slang expression for chemin de fer.
ShoeDevice, usually a wooden box, used for holding and dispensing playing cards to be dealt.
Shuffle UpPremature shuffling of playing cards by the dealer.
StarterHouse employees, usually attractive young women, who sit around an empty baccarat table to attract players to the game. Also shill.
TieA 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.
UpcardA face up card.
VigorishThe 5% commission charged on winning banker hands. Also vig, or juice.
VIPA Very Important Person. Usually a big bettor or a high roller.
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