At the click of a button you could be on Casinopedia’s bgo games page with access to all of the most popular table games at your fingertips. But have you ever wondered where casino games actually came from?
You may consider yourself an expert when it comes to your knowledge of poker, but what about the other table games? Take Baccarat for instance, one of the oldest games in the world, has been associated with royalty and nobility for centuries. Today it is still a game preferred by the wealthy, often offered only to VIP gamblers at high limit or no limit tables. However, it has become more accessible with mass market players thanks to online casinos which offer low limit forms of the game, creating demand which has prompted many land-based casinos to offer ‘mini-baccarat’.
The origins of the game are debated, but it is thought to have appeared in Italy in the 15th century. The name comes from the Italian ‘baccara’, or ‘zero’, referring to the value given to the picture cards and tens in the game. However, it gained popularity among the French upper classes in the 18th and 19th centuries, and began to spread to other parts of the world. Today it is extremely popular in Asian gaming markets, especially Macau, and it can be found at most North American casinos as well.
Baccarat isn’t the only game with a fascinating history. For more information on the most popular table games, take a look below.