January 25, 2005
According to many, Baccarat was first invented in
Italy by a gambler Felix Falguiere, where it acquired the Italian
meaning zero in English. What is the Persian linguistic connection? Baakereh
Falguiere based the game 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 dice. The result of the dice decided
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
religious activities; if she threw any number less than six,
she would walk into the sea. The basis of this game is very similar,
but the rules and payoffs are much less dramatic.
It's been suggested that the game was first played with a deck
of Tarot cards in the middle ages. It was later on introduced
in France around 1490 A.D. and remained an exclusive game to
nobility for some time before becoming a casino game. Eventually,
baccarat evolved into European baccarat and the French game
'chemin de fer'.
Suggested by Babak Khiavchi
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