Baccarat has been around for a long time, dating back to the 1400’s. The game was enjoyed by many and it was a firm favourite amongst the French royalty. The word baccarat is an Italian word that translates to mean zero so it is believed that the game originated in Italy. There were many variations to the game of baccarat but the most popular that remain today are the chiming de far, baccarat banquet and punto banco. These have practically the same rules but the ways the cards are dealt to the players differ.