Punto Banco

Baccarat is called Punto Banco in many casinos in South America and Europe. "Punto" means "Player", while "Banco" means "Bank", in reference to the two principal bets of the game. Play Now!


Punto Banco Dictionary

Baccarat The name of a popular casino gambling game. In Italian, "baccarat" means "zero", which is the worst hand you could possibly get in this game.
Banker BetTo bet that the hand of the banker will win.
Baccarat BanqueA variation of Baccarat. Also known as "Deux Tableaux."
Banco The word used by a player who wishes to bet his entire bank fund. Banco is also another term for bank.
BankrollA player's personal money that he takes to a game.
CarteThe word used by a player to request a card from the dealer.
CoupA round in a game of Baccarat.
CroupierThe dealer.
Chemin-de-FerA variation of Baccarat. A French term meaning "railroad."
ChevalA rule, in some Baccarat games, that allows a player to bet on two hands. In this instance the player must win both hands in order to win the round (a tie is called if the player wins one hand and loses the other).
CommissionA percentage of the winnings that the house takes as their profit. In Baccarat the commission is typically 5%.
Down CardA card this dealt and stays face down.
DealerA house employee who takes and pays bets to the players and also takes charge of the cards. Also referred to as a "croupier."
Face CardsRefers to all the jacks, queens and kings in a 52 card deck.
High RollerA player who makes large bets.
House EdgeThe advantage that casino or "house" gains depending on the odds.
LaddermanA house employee who oversees the Baccarat table.
Le GrandeA hand totaling 9, the best hand in Baccarat. A French word meaning "the big."
Mini-baccaratA variation of Baccarat that uses a smaller game table.
MuckThe pile of folded and burned cards kept next to the dealer.
NaturalA hand that totals either 8 or 9.
PaletteThe tool used by the dealer to move the cards about the table.
Punto BancoBaccarat in South American and European Casinos. "Punto" means player. "Banco" means bank.
PetiteA hand that totals 8. A French term that means "small."
Player BetTo bet that the players hand will be the winning hand in the round.
RailroadAnother name for Chemin de Fer, a variation of Baccarat.
ShillsYoung ladies who works for the house, used to lure players to the Baccarat table.
ShoeA tool used by the dealer or croupier that holds a number of full decks of cards. The shoe is in the form of a box and the cards are dealt from it.
Shuffle UpThe act of the dealer shuffling the cards before the game begins.
ShooterAnother word for the bank.
Stand-offA standoff happens when the dealer and the player have hands with the same total. Also known as a tie.
StreakA term used to describe consecutive wins or losses.
Tie BetTo bet that the player and the dealer will have the same totals in their hands (Stand-off).
VIPAcronym for Very Important Person, used to describe a high roller.
UpcardAny card that is dealt or lays face up on the table.

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