Play Online Baccarat GameWritten by Sam Daliri
Baccarat - game of rich and famous - game of high-flyers, Hollywood stars and oil barons!
Until recently, only highest class casinos offered baccarat, and only their richest clients could afford table minimums. No wonder name conjours up an image of glamour and expensive cigars, diamonds and vintage cognac!
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Baccarat has fascinated high-class gamblers for centuries. The game was said to have been invented in Italy by Felix Falguierein, a professional gambler, although some dispute this, saying that it is French in origin. In any case, baccarat was introduced to French court in 15th century, and soon became game of aristocracy. The name is taken from Italian word "baccara", meaning zero, and refers to game rule that all court cards have a value of zero. Baccarat was first played with tarot cards, and there is a legend linking it with ancient Etruscan ritual of Nine Gods.
Chemin de Fer, a variation of baccarat, also became popular in France. The original baccarat game evolved into what is now known as European Baccarat. The principles of play are same in baccarat and chemin de fer, with just a slight difference in rules. In both games, object is to score as close as possible to 9 by adding up face values of cards, and discarding leftmost digit of answer. In baccarat, rules are more formal, and game is always banked by casino, although deal passes from player to player. Players may choose to bet on player, banker or on a tie. Since a tie doesn't happen very often, ties win at much longer odds.
Although popular for centuries in Europe, baccarat only reached American casinos in 1950's via South America. The American version is a combination of European baccarat and chemin de fer. Casino holders preserved its aristocratic image by setting stakes high and housing game in plushest area of casino. Since a lot of money changes hands in baccarat because of high stakes, fortunes of casino often fluctuate directly according to success or failure of its clients at baccarat table!
Come to Tea: An Elegant Garden GatheringWritten by Debbie Rodgers
Perhaps nothing says "garden party" like having afternoon tea outdoors. It's a charming reminder of bygone days and childhood make-believe. Outdoor spaces of all kinds, including balconies, can be successfully adapted to a tea party.
Tea parties span generations and will be enjoyed by your most sophisticated women friends or all giggling little girls of your acquaintance.
What makes an elegant tea party? Look at these factors.
Flowers Plan to hold your tea party when your garden is in its fullest bloom -- perhaps it's lilac time, June roses, or peony season. Be sure to cut some of blooms for tea table vases. If you don't have a garden, buy an armful of flowers at a farmers' market or stop by a country ditch and pick bunches of wild daisies and Queen Anne's lace.
Invitations Send handwritten notes by snail mail. Your guests will recognize your party as an elegant affair and dress accordingly! Typically, tea is held around 4 p.m. -- perfect for day-blooming flowers. Include an invitation for little ones to bring along a doll or teddy friend.
Table Setting The more elegant, better. Stash paper table covering and plastic glasses just for today. Instead, use a crisp linen tablecloth, pressed cloth napkins and your best bone china cups and saucers. If it's a little girls' party, you might want to invest in two or three miniature tea sets.
Try to have adequate seating for everyone. Consider setting your straight-back indoor dining chairs outdoors. They can add an elegant touch, whether left unadorned or covered with flowered chintz.
Hats Encourage all of your guests to wear hats -- big-brimmed, floppy and flowered. If party is for little girls, collect old hats, scarves and silk flowers at a thrift shop, yard sale or discount store. Make decorating hats a fun activity at party. You can also include a box of flowery cast-offs for dressing up. Include "grown-up" shoes and old jewellery -- anything that will make little ones feel elegant. Tea time is a fun way to introduce young ones to "elegant party" manners.