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Chemin de fer (also known as “chemmy”) is a baccarat variant which is quicker to play than the original version. It is a French term which means “railway”. This baccarat variant came into being in the 19th century when trains were the fastest means of transportation. The name of the game is believed to have been derived from this.

Baccarat chemin de fer

Chemin De Fer Rules

Like other baccarat variants, this game has its own rules which sets it apart. In order for gamblers to make the most of their chemin de fer game, they need to know how the game works. Below are some of the basic rules of this baccarat version.

  • Usually, six card decks are used.
  • There is a representative player who goes against the banker – other players can place bets.
  • The player and the banker is dealt two cards each.
  • When the banker or the player has an 8 or a 9, the cards are turned face up to be compared.
  • If both the player and the banker do not have an 8 and a 9, the player can accept or refuse another card.
  • The dealer then also gets an opportunity to accept or refuse the third
  • The outcome of the game can be a win to the player, a win to the banker or a tie.
  • If the player has a higher hand, the payout for wagering players is even money.
  • Wagers are forfeited if the banker has a higher hand – in this case, wagers are placed in the bank.
  • If the outcome is a tie, wagers are kept the same for the next hand.

Baccarat Chemin De Fer Tips

In chemin de fer, gamblers have some options. So, a certain level of skill is allowed. Below are some strategies the player can make use of when playing this baccarat variant.

  • When the initial hand has a total between 0 and 4, accept the third card.
  • If the total of the initial hand total is between 6 and 7, refuse the third card.

Gamblers in South Africa who want to try chemin de fer for the first time without putting money at stake can try the free baccarat version. This is also a good option for the players who do not want to play for real money at all. Baccarat is an entertaining table game, and this version of it can be quite exciting to play. In addition to this baccarat variant, SA gamblers can enjoy others such as punto banco and baccarat banque.