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LocationBlazing Games - Ultimate Retro Project - Volume 2 - Episode 21

Ultimate Retro Project

Episode 21: Classic Baccarat

James Bond Fans will be familiar with this game.

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2006


If you are a fan of James Bond, then you must have notice that he has one favoured casino game. That game is Chemin De Fer. The American/Canadian equivalent to this game is Baccarat. While Baccarat is seen as a game for the rich, it is a very simple game, and one which offers some of the best odds at a casino (though in the long run, you will lose money playing this game, so if you want to play this game then do so on my site where it will never cost you anything)!

Using the Console

Creating text games is interesting, but my goal was also to present the game in a way that would simulate a teletype machine as close as possible. This is why the game uses my console.

My Teletype Emulator is designed to simulate playing the game on an old teletype machine, down to the dot matrix output. Anybody who has used an old printer knows how slow they were. They were also noisy, but out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to leave the noise out.

For getting input from the user, I decided to go with a fancy LCD model, in which what you type will be send to a LCD display for your approval before being transmitted to the machine. Unlike real machines, my terminal is intelligent and will only let you enter something when the program is requesting input. Any other typing is ignored!

Playing the Game

The game starts you off with $1000. You then go through the betting loop. You simply have to decide if the player is going to win, the dealer is going to win, or if the game is going to end in a tie. Betting on the dealer will win slightly more frequently than betting on the player,but costs 5% of the winnings.

The dealer then deals 2 hands. Face cards count as 0. The hands are then totalled, and the last digit of the hand taken as the score. If one or both of the hands is an 8 or a 9 the game ends. If the player's hand is five or less, the player is dealt another card.

The rules for dealing the dealer's card can seem confusing. With some versions of the game, the dealer would not see the player's hand, but only see the third card (if one was taken). The decision to take another card then is essentially a mathematically derived series of rules that would result in the best chance for a win.

The rules are as follows:

The hand closest to 9 is the winner. If both hands are the same, the game ends in a tie.

System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets.

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