Baccarat Terms Explained

Gosh, there are a lot of Baccarat terms that get thrown around when we talk about baccarat! We have those impressive French-sounding words, such as Chemin de Fer, and we have those not-so-nice sounding terms, like muck.

The bottom line is if you don’t have the foggiest what these terms mean, you’re going to struggle to keep up with any of the baccarat strategy guides you find online. To help you out, here are some baccarat terms you need to know.

Baccarat terms: A – Z

Baccarat – French for zero. Face cards and tens have a value of zero in baccarat. As a result, the game got its name.

Banco – Spanish for bank. In baccarat, banco refers to the banker or person dealing the cards.

Banker Bet – Betting on the dealer.

Player Bet – Betting on the player.

Bankroll – A player’s total gambling budget, often piled up on the table.

Burning – Throwing away the top 3 to 6 cards after shuffling before play begins.

Caller – The croupier at the table who looks after the cards.

Carte – The French for ‘card’ – that gets a card from your dealer.

Chemin De Fer – In this European baccarat variation, one player acts as the bank, deals cards and takes all the bets.

Commission – 5% ‘fee’ that the house takes on winning bank bets.

Coup – The French word for a ‘round’ of Baccarat.

Croupier – Casino staff that deals the cards and also oversee all betting.

Face Cards – Any card with an actual face on it, i.e. Jack, Queen, and King.

Fading – Placing bets.

Hit – When someone draws another card – whether someone hits or not is often determined by the rules of the game.

House Edge – The casino’s advantage over the player because of the odds.

Ladderman – The member of casino staff who looks after the baccarat table.

La Grande – A natural hand making a score of nine (The big one, French).

La Petite – A natural hand making a score of eight (The little one, French).

Loss Bet – Making a bet against the bank.

Mini Baccarat – A smaller type of table baccarat that gets more people interested in the game and introduces it to the public.

Monkey – Slang for face card or a ten.

Muck – Eight card decks of 52 cards each, used at the start of the shuffling process.

Natural – This is when two cards total eight or nine.

Palette – This is a long flat wooden stick that moves the cards around on the card table.

Pass – A win.

Punto – The word for a player.

Push – A bet that is neither a winner or a loser and the money is held over until the next round.

Shills – Somebody working for the casino who tries to get people to play baccarat.

Shoe – An automatic dealing device that stops accidents in dealing.

Shooter – Another word for the bank.

Shuffle Up – This means an early shuffle of the cards by the person dealing.

Standoff – This is when the bank and also the player tie.

Up card – The card that is facing up, i.e. without the pattern showing.

Want to learn more? Then check out our How To Win Playing Online Baccarat article.