I figured this would be a good place to ask, I've read a lot of anecdotal social research around Baccarat in east Asia and why the Chinese in particular prefer to play it over other games.
Does anyone know of Chinese or East Asian communities abroad (US/EU) who also play it?
And around all the rituals and stuff, what happens if it is online versus in real life, re. dealing with the cards etc. Has anyone observed things?
Oct 19, 2009
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gambling is popular in Asian societies, particularly among the Chinese. In Vietnam its illegal except during Tet when the entire country gambles or in special economic zones wherein foreign currency is obtained.
I understand Chinese women gamble all day long in various card clubs taking breaks for meals, laundry, etc. but basically keeping some games going all day long. Mahong clubs have traditions for entry, layout, behavior so perhaps behavior plays a more prominent role in Baccarat also.
Everyone follows the chip leader, conversation is encouraged it appears to be a social game for the Chinese based on my limited experience in American casinos.
I met a Chinese guy (an immigrant) when I lived in New York, and I asked him if he and his friends (also Chinese immigrants) would be interested in playing Pai Gow Tiles. He said they were more into card games, specifically one called Tractor. I don't know if they played Baccarat. These were younger guys, college age or maybe a little older. So, in my anecdotal experience, younger Asians are more into newer, non-Baccarat card games, and it's the older folk who are into the traditional games like Baccarat and Pai Gow. All age groups seem to enjoy that Fish Prawn Crab game, though.
I'm also interested in whether people feel a difference of popularity between online Baccarat and casino based Baccarat?
What is the biggest painpoint with playing it online? I gather from other threads that its somehow very social/ritualsitic in the casinos...Insight appreciated!