Baccarat Game Variants Explained By

Like many other popular casino games, there are many different variants of the baccarat game: Chemin-de-fer, Mini Baccarat, Super Pan 9, Baccarat en Banque and Punto Banko to mention a few.

Different Types Of Baccarat Games


A French version of baccarat - it's very similar to the regular baccarat you already know. Chemin-de-fer means 'railroad'. The game got the name because its main difference from regular baccarat is that the player acting as the Banker must pass on the shoe as soon as he loses a hand - thereby causing the shoe to travel around the table like a train - or railroad - among the players.

Mini Baccarat

This baccarat variant is similar to regular baccarat - except that the betting limits are lower. The Mini Baccarat table is also a lot smaller - about the same size as a blackjack table. A Mini Baccarat table is handled by just one dealer - unlike a regular baccarat table that has three dealers taking bets and making sure the baccarat rules are followed.

Private Baccarat

In private baccarat there is often a rule where the Banker can choose to deal the player two hands. The Player can then choose to play just one hand like in normal baccarat as played in a casino - OR the player can play both hands - a cheval. If the player chooses to play both hands they must win both hands to beat the dealer. If the player wins one hand and loses the other hand; it's a tie, and no money changes hands.

Super Pan Nine

In this version of baccarat, all the cards with the value 7,8,9 and 10 are removed from the shoe. The Player and Banker are both dealt 3 cards all Face down (so they cannot see the cards). The player must then decide if they want to draw a 4th card. Just like in regular baccarat, the objective is to get a total score as close to 9 as possible. The Bank will only draw a 4th card if his total score is 3 or 4. If the player chooses not to draw a 4th card, the banker can choose whether they want a 4th card or not.

Baccarat en Banque

Another French variant of the classic Italian baccarat game. In this game the Banker is dealt one hand, and the Player is dealt two hands - unlike in regular baccarat where the player is also dealt just a single hand. The players are allowed to bet on either of the players baccarat hands, but they may not bet on the Bankers hand. Another difference from regular baccarat is that the Banker position is always handled by the casino and not by the players in turn.

Punto Banko

This is just another term for 'regular' Baccarat - the rules are the exactly the same - Punto means Player - and Banko means Bank.

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