baccarat bä´kərä˝, băk´–, Fr. bäkärä´ [key], French card game formerly widely played in European casinos but now supplanted in popularity by chemin de fer . The banker plays against the hands he deals to two other players called punters. The winning hand is the one whose point total has the number closest to 9 as its last digit, face cards and tens counting nothing. Two cards are dealt to a hand with the privilege of a one-card draw. The term baccarat is supposed to mean nothing and is applied to hands whose point total ends with a cipher.

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