Baccarat Game Types

There are three common variations of baccarat: Baccarat Banque, Chemin de Fer, and Punto Banco. Both standard and free baccarat games can be found in each of these variations, so players are certain to find a baccarat game they can fall in love with.

Baccarat Banque

Also known as European baccarat, this variation offers players several rule changes for a fascinating game. First, the role of the banker does not change. This is the number one rule that sets Baccarat Banque apart from other baccarat games. Also, there is another variant known as 'two tables' that allows for two players to challenge the banker. This gives players a new and exciting way to place baccarat bets.

Chemin de Fer

The most noticeable difference in Chemin de Fer and other versions of free baccarat games is that the banker rotates from hand to hand. The person who is playing the role of the banker stakes their own money, and they can remain banker for as long as they are winning. The advantage to this is that the other players may never bet more than the banker, so this player has complete control over their bankroll.

Punto Banco

In the Punto Banco variation of baccarat, the casino always plays the role of the banker. This version is often played in North American casinos over all of the other variations. The players can bet against the bank or the player, but the house will always take about 5 percent commission from the players' winnings. The rules for when players must draw a third card are very firm in this variant, making Punto Banco a game of luck above all else.

Baccarat is one of the world's most loved casino games, and the many variations signify its worldwide popularity. Players can often find both standard and free baccarat games in all of these variations.