Baccarat is among the world’s oldest and best-loved card games, and as it developed it was influenced by Spanish, Italian, French and other countries and cultures. As a result, many different languages have influenced its most important terms and phrases. As part of Lucky Nugget Casino’s mission to deliver the best experiences of Baccarat online, we’ve put together this helpful glossary for you. Keep it handy while you play!
- Action: Describes the total amount of money bet by a gambler in a single session.
- Banco: Spanish word for Banker.
- Baccarat en Banque: Variation where Baccarat is played at 2 conjoined tables.
- Burning: Performed after shuffling but before new cards are dealt; refers to the discarding of the top 3 to 6 cards.
- Chemin De Fer: Baccarat variation common in land-based European casinos, where each player gets a turn to act as the Banker. In the United States, it is often referred to by the slang term Chemmy.
- Coup: Describes a round in Baccarat online or in land-based casinos, where 1 Player and 1 Banker hand are dealt.
- Deux Tableau: Alternative name for Baccarat en Banque.
- Discard Tray: Where cards that are discarded for any reason, such as burning before a new round, they are placed in this tray.
- Dragon Bonus: Popular Baccarat online side bet that allows players to bet on how many points the winning hand will exceed the losing hand by; pays out if the winning hand is a Natural or the margin is greater than 4 points.
- Flat Bet: When a player continuously places the same wager, whether they are winning or losing, they are said to be making Flat Bets.
- La Grande: A Natural 9; the best hand in the game.
- La Petite: A Natural 8; the second-best hand in the game.
- Loss Bet: Another term for a Player Bet, since it has a higher house edge than a Banker Bet.
- Mini Baccarat: A faster version of the original Baccarat, that offers lower table limits.
- Monkey: Slang for any 10-value card, whether a face card or a 10.
- Natural: A hand where the first 2 cards that are dealt add up to either 8 or 9. Naturals win and end the round automatically; a Natural 8 will win unless the other hand is a Natural 9.
- Pass: A win in the game of Baccarat.
- Punto Banco: The most widespread variation of Baccarat online. Punto and Banco translate as Player and Banker, referring to the 2 hands that are involved in the game.
- Push: A bet that neither wins nor loses. When this happens the amount that you bet is held over and used in the next round, as is also the case in Blackjack.
- Railroad: The English translation of Chemin de Fer; so-named because the shoe looks like a train carriage as it moves around the table from player to player.
- Run: A side bet that allows players to wager on a series of hands.
- Shoe: Automatic dealing machine used in land-based and live dealer Baccarat online games, in order to prevent human errors associated with manual dealing, that contains 6 or 8 decks.
- Shooter: A term which may be used to describe the Banker hand.
- Shuffle Up: Refers to the dealer’s early shuffling of the cards.
- Standoff: Another name for a tie result in Baccarat.
- Super Pan Nine: A form of Baccarat that was popularised by the Poker casinos in Los Angeles. Players are dealt 3 face-down cards, which are then scored as in a normal game.