If you are a gambler and haven’t yet had the chance to try less common casino games like baccarat you should make yourself familiar with some of the terms you’ll hear spoken during a game of baccarat. You may have already heard of a number of these words before, I’m sure there are some you haven’t heard before.
Baccarat - the name of the game. Means zero in Italian and is the worst hand you can get in a game of baccarat.
Baccarat en Banque - a variation of Baccarat
Banker Bet - a bet that the banker’s hand will win.
Banco - another word for bank. A player can challenge the bank’s entire bankroll by announcing “Banco” - usually only in private games.
Bankroll - all the money you bring to a game.
Best Baccarat Bet - a bet on the banker. Has a 45% chance of winning.
Chemin-de-fer - a variation of Baccarat. French for “railroad’.
Cheval - a rule in some games where a player can play 2 hands and must win both to win the round. If one hand wins and one loses, it’s a tie.
Commission - if you bet on the banker and win the house takes a 5% commission.
Coup - one round of a game of baccarat.
Croupier - A French word for dealer.
Dealer - the casino employee to handles the cards and takes and pays out player wagers.
Down Card - A card that is face down.
Face Cards - a jack, queen or king in any suit.
High Roller - someone who makes big bets.
House Edge - The advantage of the casino gained by paying out less than the odds.
Le Grande - the highest possible hand in baccarat is 9. French for big.
Mini-baccarat - A variation of baccarat using a smaller table.
Muck - the stack of burned and folded cards near the dealer.
Natural - the total of the first two cards total 8 or 9.
Palette - a long flat paddle used to move cards around the table.
Petite - A hand with a total of 8. French for “small”.
Player Bet - A bet that the player’s hand will win.
Punto Banco - Another name for baccarat.
Punto - Player.
Railroad - a variation of baccarat, or chemin de fer.
Shoe - a box that contains multiple decks of cards, from which cards are dealt.
Shooter - a slang term for the bank.
Shuffle Up - when the dealer prematurely shuffles the cards.
Standoff - a tie when the player’s hand and the dealer’s hand have the same total.
Streak - a series of wins or losses.
Super Pan Nine - another variation of baccarat.
Tie Bet - a bet that the player’s hand and the banks hand will have the same total.
VIP - a high roller or other very important person.
Upcard - a card that is face up.