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.