Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" 10 Not-So-Tough Mid-Term Questions Re: Baccarat

Here at Aces Casino, we take pride in the fact that we are truly interested as being the one Los Angeles casino party company that goes the extra mile when it comes to teaching the games.  I mean, come ON: when all the chips are fake, what ELSE can you do at the tables?  Yep, that's right.  Just like the old saying goes; "If you can't bet, teach." (Ed. Note: Uhh, yeah, something like that.)

So, you ask..."Just how did the staff at Aces Casino decide on choosing the oft-maligned game known as Baccarat as it's topic of choice this time around?"  Answer?  Simple.  We threw a dart at the board.  I said we were great TEACHERS, not great decision-makers.  We always throw darts to decide EVERYTHING around here, from lunch to vacation times.  I know, we're goofy.  Again, you HAVE to be goofy, if there's no real gambling.  Agh, digressing again...

OK...Yep, It's Baccarat.  Here's something you may not know about the game of Baccarat - It offers some of the best odds available in the casino.  That, and it has some interesting game play involved.  Those of you that love Pai-Gow Poker might LOVE Baccarat, as well.  It tends to play itself.  But, you'll find that out soon enough.  First a modest introduction into the often-fascinating game of Baccarat, from your friends at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night party leaders.... (Ed. Note: And KING of the shameless plug.)

Baccarat is the French spelling of the Italian word ‘Baccara,’ or zero, denoting the point values of the face cards used in the game. The game that we now know as Baccarat dates back in history to 1489, when the Italian “Baccara” was introduced into France and was beloved by nobles during the reign of King Charles VIII. Baccarat first appeared in Las Vegas in 1959, about 18 months after Chemin De Fer (a game that we consider “Baccarat’s older brother”) was introduced. Both games already were thriving in illegal casinos in the East, something that the casinos in the West immediately took note of.  (And so did the staff here at Aces Casino.  We're not known as Southern California's top Orange County casino night party company for nothing.)

The straight ancestor of Baccarat as played in the United States (Chemin De Fer) is comparable in play. The one major discrepancy is that the customers bet among themselves rather than against the casino, with the house taking a commission from the customer holding the bank. Chemin De Fer made Its’ debut in Las Vegas around 1957, but it was rapidly replaced by Baccarat, which remains the only version of the game still available there today.

Oh, forgot to mention something - The table's as big as a 747.

Well, there’s your short (?) history lesson of the day, my students.  It appears that It’s time to begin the test.  Don’t worry: It’s an “open book” test, which means that we’ll be happy to allow you the ability to look up any internet gaming info database that you’d be comfortable using for the test (We might suggest “The Wizard of Odds,” but It’s your choice).  After all, we here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leaders, wouldn’t have it any other way.  What better way to learn the game than to cheat on the test?  See, we thought so, too.  OK, ready?  Begin…..
1) How many decks of cards does a shoe hold?
A. 8 Decks.
B. 6 Decks.
C. 4 Decks.
2) Winning in the game means coming closest to what number?
A. Number 10.
B. Number  9.
C. Number  8.
3) If you are dealt a Jack and 7, what is the count?
A. Total count is 17. 
B. Total count is 10. 
C. Total count is   7.
4)  If you bet the Banker hand and win, the commission rate paid is ?
A. Commission is 5%.
B. Commission is   8%. 
C. Commission is 10%.
5)  Besides Banker and Player, you can wager on a Tie Bet. The casino advantage is ?
A. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 10%.
B. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 12 ½%.
C. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 14 %.

Five questions down, and five to go, my Orange County casino party friends.  Here come the next five, courtesy of the one and only Aces Casino Entertainment....
6) Average shoe will deal about 82 hands. How many are Bank wins?
A. Bank will win 36 times. 
B. Bank will win 38 times. 
C. Bank will win 40 times. 

7) Cards more favorable to the Bank Hand are ?          
A. Ace and 8.   
B. King, Queen and Jack.
C. 2, 3, and 4.
8) Cards more favorable to the Player Hand are ? 
A. 2, 3, and 4. 
B. 8, 9 and 10.
C. Ace and 6       
9) What does the term ‘Punto’ refer to?
A. Dealer.
B. Bank.  
C. Player.  
10) La Grande refers to what card number?
A. Ace. 
B. Nine.
C. King.

OK, pencils down, my friends.  How did you do?  Oh, yeah, that's right, It's an open book test.  I'm sure you all did fabulous...Or DID YOU?  Well, either way, check the Friday Blog from your fave Orange County casino night party guys for the answers, and should you have very little in the way of constructive work to do on Wednesday, check out the Aces Casino blog tomorrow, as we'll have the blow-by-blow rundown on how the Aces Casino team did in Las Vegas  during their "End Of June" visit. 

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