The history of Baccarat is thought to date back to the late 1400’s in Italy when a famous Italian gambler called Felix Falguierein invented a new card game played with Tarot cards. However, it was not until Baccarat came to the attention of the French nobility during the reign of Charles VIII (1483 -1498) that the game truly became popular.
The Baccarat we play today originated in Britain and has become a firm casino favourite across the entire globe. However, it was not until the 1990’s and the growth of Online Casinos that Baccarat truly became a modern casino game.
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An interesting Baccarat legend that predates the 1400’s suggests that the game of Baccarat is actually based on ancient pagan ritual. The actual legend states that:
"Baccarat was based on an old Etruscan ritual of the nine gods, who prayed to a blonde virgin on their tiptoes waiting for her to throw a nine-sided die. The result of the die decided her fate. If an eight or a nine was thrown, she would become the priestess; if she threw a six or seven, she would be banned from any further religious activities; if she threw any number less than six, she would walk into the sea."