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July 24, 2008 - I don't know about you, but whenever I've roamed the casino floors in Las Vegas, I've never really seriously considered playing Baccarat. For one, the room always looks pretty empty to me (aside for a handful of hot cocktail waitresses, which I must say is hard to pass up!). And two, there's that stigma of "big money" and "high class" that pervades the game of Baccarat. Or is that just in my mind?

In the past of course, Baccarat was the rich man's game. But I have to tell you, not everybody that I've seen sticking it out in the Baccarat "parlor" has been dressed to the T's and sipping cognac. I know that still doesn't rule out anyone not being rich (in fact, there's a good chance the guy wearing jeans and plastic-framed glasses is the wealthiest one), but it does show that Baccarat is not as hoity-toity as it once was.

When it comes to the Macau gambling scene, things just wouldn't be the same without the casino game of Baccarat. I'm not quite sure why it is such a popular game in Asia, but the fact remains that Baccarat accounts for the greatest portion of casino gambling revenue in Macau. The largest factor contributing to the massive growth in Macau has been higher VIP Baccarat revenues, which have risen by more than 50% since last year, not to mention the grand opening's of some very fine casinos, like the Sands' Venetian Macau.

If it were not for VIP Baccarat revenues, Macau could have very well seen a larger decline in quarter-to-quarter revenue (the first decline since 2005). And although Macau's growth may be settling down for the time being, there appears to be no stopping Baccarat. If you stop to think about it, Baccarat's popularity in Asia makes sense. There's a strong economy, lots of business and businessmen, and a culture that loves to gamble. Big money and a love for gambling certainly make for the right Baccarat ingredients.

But seriously folks - Don't let that deter you from playing Baccarat in the online casino. That's where I've personally begotten my experience playing this simple and laid back casino table game. On the internet, there is no more stigma about being a high roller. You can even have a go at mini-baccarat. And if you thought you can't enjoy the social aspect of Baccarat by playing it from home, most online casinos have the capability to allow you to create private tables which you can play with friends and acquaintances.

Originally published: July, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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