The most common variations of Baccarat
The same occurs with Baccarat, a game whose most common versions are Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banque.
Chemin de Fer
This variant is, in fact, the original from France, and it is popular for having appeared in the James Bond movies, and for being the variant where the player has a more active role than in Punto Banco.
In this version, the bank is not the house, but one of the players. A total of six decks of shuffled cards are used. That way, the players do not compete against the house, but against each other. The role of the bench may be passed from one player to another in a time trial direction when the bench has lost. The hand of the player playing against the bank is the hand of the one who made the highest bet. This hand represents the rest of the players. Those who bet on the player’s hand will win as long as the player’s hand with the highest stake wins. In some casinos spectators from the public are allowed to place their bets at the table and, even if they do not participate, they can win money if they win their corresponding bet.The name Chemin de Fer is a translation that means Railroad in Spanish, or Railway in English. This is because this version is usually faster than Punto Banco, since as it is a confrontation between players, the amounts are usually higher and more risky.
In this variant the role of the bank that passes from one player to another is more permanent. That is, if the player who is the bank loses, he continues to be the bank. As this can result in a long game, the banker may decide to withdraw from the game at any time if he wishes. The role will only pass when all the cards in the six shuffled decks have been used up.
Casinos have different rules for choosing the player to bank. In some, he is the first to sit at the table, while in others, he is the one who has put the most money on the table to risk.
Having chosen the bench, this player sits in front of a table, right in the middle. The players then sit next to him, in equal numbers. The bank then draws three cards from a deck, dealing one to the player on its left, another to the player on the right, and another who stays for himself. After repeating this process, both the bank and the two adjacent players will have a two-card hand. The hand of the player on the left will represent that of all the players sitting on the left, and the same goes for the player on the right. If any of these players lose, they give up to the next player in rotation.