Baccarat Glossary

Auction – In Chemin de Fer, the practice of players bidding on the right to hold the bank at the outset of play.

Baccarat – The name of the game, which comes from the Italian word for “zero”; also describes the worst hand possible, totaling zero.

Baccarat a Deux Tableau – A form of Baccarat played in Europe with three hands dealt in a game and no rules regarding the bank’s play.

Baccarat en Banque – Also known as Baccarat Banque, a popular variation of Baccarat in which participants can only bet on the player hands.

Banco – The Banker.

Bank – The last hand to be dealt and act.

Banker – One of the two playing positions in Baccarat casino games, in many cases played by the dealer, taking action after the Player position.

Bankroll – The total amount of money a player has for wagering.

Broadway – The receptacle in which discarded Baccarat cards are placed.

Burn – To discard several cards at the beginning of a new shoe.

Burn Card – Any card removed from the deck after the shuffle.

Caller or Callman – The dealer who runs the game and calls the results of each hand.

Carte – The French word for “card”; also used to request that a card be dealt.

Chemin de Fer – Literally “railway” in French, this is the original French version of the game, with the shoe passed around the table and players taking turns being the Bank.

Chemmy – British slang for Chemin de Fer, either the game or the shoe.

Cheval – A variation of Baccarat in which participants have the option to play two hands.

Coup – The French term for a round of play.

Court Cards – The Jack, Queen, and King of any suit, each of which counts a zero; also called “Face Cards.”

Croupier – The French term for the Dealer.

Cut Card – An unmarked plastic card used to cut the deck following the shuffle.

Dealer – The casino employee in charge of running a Baccarat game.

Down Card – A card dealt face down.

Dragon Bonus – A type of side bet on either the Player or Banker hand, which pays out if the selected hand wins by four or more points or a “natural.”

Draw – The act of taking a third card for either the Player or Banker hands, as dictated by Baccarat rules.

Egalite – The French term for “tie.”

Face Cards – The Jack, Queen, and King of any suit, each having a value of zero; also called “Court Cards.”

Fade – The act of covering all or part of the Bank bet, common in Chemin de Fer.

Flat Bettor – A participant who always wagers the same amount.

Go Bank – The act of wagering against the full amount of the Banker’s stake, common in Chemin de Fer.

Hand – The cards held by either the Player or Banker during a single round of Baccarat.

High Roller – A person who makes very large bets.

House – The operator of the Baccarat game, typically the casino.

Lace – The act of randomly placing cards into a stack of cards one by one; also referred to a “combing” the deck.

Ladderman – A casino employee who oversees the Baccarat game, often seated in a chair above the level of the table.

Le Grande – The French term for a natural 9 dealt as a Baccarat hand.

Le Petite – The French term for the natural 8 dealt as a Baccarat hand.

Mini Baccarat – A variation of Baccarat typically played in the pit area of a casino.

Modulo 10 – The dropping of the digit in the tens column when totaling the value of a Baccarat hand; e.g. a 7 and an 8 counts as five points, not fifteen.

Monkey – Slang term for a face card or a 10, which counts as zero.

Natural – A hand valued at eight or nine on the first two cards dealt.

Palette – A long flat wooden paddle used in Baccarat to move cards around the table.

Player – One of the two playing positions in Baccarat casino games, taking action first, before the Banker position.

Point – The unit used to measure the value of a Baccarat hand.

Punter – British term used to refer to a gambler, a paying participant in a Baccarat game.

Punto – The Player.

Punto Banco – A variation of Baccarat that is popular in North America.

Rotation – The movement of the shoe around the table, indicating the position of the Bank.

Rule Card – A summary of Baccarat rules printed on a pocket-sized card.

Sabot – The French term for the shoe.

Shimmy – American slang for Chemin de Fer.

Shoe – The container into which the shuffled cards are placed for dealing; the Baccarat shoe is typically made of wood and holds eight decks of 52 cards.

Shuffle Up – The premature shuffling of playing cards by the dealer.

Stakes – The amount of the individual wagers made by each participant betting on the Player position, or the full wager made by the participant in the Banker position.

Stand – The act of drawing no card, accepting the value of the hand and refusing an additional card.

Standoff – Another term for a “tie.”

Starter – A casino employee who sits at an empty table to attract participants.

Tie – The condition of the Player and Dealer hands being of equal value and neither the house nor the player wins; also, a wager made on this outcome.

Up Card – A card dealt face up.

Vigorish – The 5% commission charged by the House on the winning Banker hands.