Baccarat Terminology

To some, Baccarat may seem like an easy game with no real challenges. To others, it may seem complicated to understand. If you are a beginner looking to learn the rules of this thrilling game, it will help to first learn Baccarat terminology.

We have put together a glossary of common Baccarat terminology for you to use when playing this exciting card game:

Baccarat – This is a losing hand in the game and means the value of your hand is zero.

Banco – The banker

Banker/Player Bet – This is a bet that is made on the dealer or the player. It consists of three different bets but does not include the Tie Bet.

Bankroll – This is the amount of money a player has to gamble with.

Burning – This is when you decide to get rid of the top 3-6 cards and can only be done after shuffling the cards and before the cards are dealt.

Caller – This is another name for the croupier who is in charge of the cards.

Carte – This is a French word used in the game, and is used to request a card from the dealer.

Chemin de Fer – A Baccarat version originating in Europe.

Coup – A round of Baccarat.

Croupiers – Another name for a dealer. They oversee the table and the betting process.

Face Cards – These are cards that literally have faces on them, i.e. Jacks, Queens or Kings.

Fading – A term for placing bets.

House Edge – This is the natural advantage that the casino has over the player.

Ladderman – A person who supervises at the baccarat table.

La Grande – The best hand in Baccarat, where the player has a total of 9.

La Petite – The second best hand, totaling 8.

Loss Bet – This is a bet against the bank.

Monkey – This is a slang term used to refer to a face card or a ten.

Muck – Refers to 8 decks of 52 cards. This is used during the shuffling process at the beginning of the game.

Natural – A natural is a hand that contains two cards totaling 8 or 9.

Palette – The long, wooden stick used to move the cards around the table.

Pass – A win.

Punto – Refers to the player.

Push – This is a bet that is neither a win or a loss. The money bet in this round is held for the next round.

Shoe – This is an automatic dealing machine used to counter any accidents made during the dealing process.

Shooter – The bank.

Shuffle Up – When the dealer shuffles the cards early.

Standoff – A tie between the player and the banker.

Upcard – A card that faces upward.