Baccarat is an extremely popular card game that has become a firm favorite within casinos. There are three versions of Baccarat – punto banco, baccarat chemin de fer and baccarat banque, and they are all different in their own way, but the concept is very similar. With a low house edge of 1%, the game can be found within exclusive VIP casino areas and has proven popular among the world’s elite gamblers. But when was the first ever Baccarat Game? Unfortunately, the exact place and date of the first Baccarat cannot be traced because the true origin of the game has always been speculated. There is a dispute as to whether the game originated from France or Italy. Many note that the original game was created in France during the 1400’s and was mostly played by French royalty, whereas others note that the name ‘Baccarat’ means ‘zero’ in Italian, so must be of Italian origin. Although we don’t know a huge amount, we do know that the game did come about in the 15th century, where it was relatively unknown. In the 17th Century, King Louis XIV of France banned gambling in all of its forms – and so Baccarat was no longer legal. However, like all prohibition attempts, the game simply went underground and became even more popular than it was when it was legal. This lead to the introduction of the French version of Baccarat that we know today as Baccarat Chemin De Fer. Baccarat made its way across the pond in the 1950’s and was introduced to the Las Vegas gambling scene. Although it became fairly popular, it mostly became famous for its high-stake odds and did not become your everyday casino game because it was found too risky for the average gambler. They also found the game too difficult, so decided to simplify the game – and so came the ‘Punto Banco’ Baccarat game, which contains a single dealer, rather than three. This change served as the turning point for Baccarat, and the game became extremely popular in American casinos, and casinos worldwide. Nowadays, gamblers can even play Baccarat online, and on their mobiles. The inclusion of online Baccarat has improved the popularity of Baccarat even more. Now, gamblers can play from the comfort of their own home, and they can play around with their stakes – meaning they can bet with less money, an option which often isn’t available in land-based casinos.