Baccarat or baccara (/ˈbækəræt, bɑːkəˈrɑː/; French: [bakaʁa]) is a card game played at casinos. It is a comparing card game played between two hands, the "player" and the "banker". wikipedia.org
Each baccarat coup (round of play) has three possible outcomes: "player" (player has the higher score), "banker", and "tie". For each coup, two cards are dealt face up to each hand, starting from "player" and alternating between the hands. If either the player or banker or both achieve a total of 8 or 9, the coup is finished and the result is announced: a player win, a banker win, or tie.
Cards have a point value: the 2 through 9 cards in each suit are worth face value (in points); the 10, jack, queen, and king have no point value (i.e. are worth zero); aces are worth 1 point; jokers are not used.
The origins of the game are disputed, and some sources claim that it dates to the 19th century. Baccarat has been popular among the French nobility since the 19th century. During the Napoleonic era and before the legalization of casino gambling in 1907, people in France commonly played baccarat in private gaming rooms.