Chemin de Fer: European poker game
by Gayle Mitchell
Chemin De Fer is a relative of baccarat and translated from the French
means ‘railroad’ in this lesson at Learn Poker.
this European poker game, you cannot bet on banker or player, you must
be one or the other, therefore the casino has no direct involvement in
The bettors wager amongst themselves, similar to American poker.
other departure from baccarat is that there are three
banker-player rules where a decision is required to draw or stand.
There is a drawing-standing chart for chemin de fer below that
illustrates these rules.
Let’s review the card counting for chemin de fer--same as baccarat:
number cards, 2 through 9, count as their face value or the number of
pips on the card. All 10s and face cards count as
count as 1. No hand can be worth more than 9. If it is, the last digit
of the total is used.
For example, if the hand has a king (10) and a 2, then it totals not
12, but 2.
the value of a hand greater than 9, simply use the last digit of the
total number--such as 9 for 19, 0 for 20 or 7 for 17.
decks of cards are used for game play dealt from a shoe face down, one
card at a time. On the layout, there are two squares marked Banque for
the banker's bet and Reliquat for bankers bet not covered by all the
The player who is acting as the banker by making the
largest bid retains possession of the shoe, places his/her bid,
(currency) in the middle of the table, and is responsible for all
losing bets with their own money, as well as collecting all winning
bank bets while betting the banker hand with chemin de fer.
The other players can now bet against all (Banco), or any portion of
If one or two players match this amount, the remaining players sit out
this round of play.
highest bidder is now dealt the player hand. There is no tie
with chemin de fer and no money changes hands when there is a tie.
a player has a count of 8 or 9 in his first two cards, he/she has a
natural, and shows his/her win immediately. If only the dealer has a
natural, the dealer wins all the bets.
If only the opponent has a natural, the dealer pays all the bets.
with baccarat, a natural 9 beats a natural 8 with chemin de fer. Two
naturals of the same number are a standoff. When this happens, cards
are discarded, all bets are withdrawn, and players place their bets for
the next deal or coup.
If neither the dealer nor opponent has a
natural, the opponent, as per the chart, may receive a third card,
which is dealt face up.
The dealer, also as per the chart, may draw a third card face
When both players have made their decisions, all cards are shown.
the dealer is closer to 9 than his opponent, he collects all the bets.
If his opponent is closer to 9, the dealer pays all the bets.
If the dealer and his opponent have the same counts, all bets are a
standoff and are withdrawn.
See drawing-standing chart below for further details:
The casino takes a 5% commission, or rake, as in poker, on all winning
bank hands with chemin de fer.
This casino commission is paid immediately before the end of
In return the casino provides a croupier as referee, table, and
When all bets are settled, the next coup or deal starts.
a larger bankroll is required, being the dealer is the best strategy.
The dealer remains in that position as long as he/she wins or has a
If the coup is lost, the player to his/her left becomes the dealer.
At that time, the new dealer reveals the amount of his/her bank, wagers
are placed, and the deal continues.
As the French say, “bonne chance”.
de fer poker is followed by a Badugi Poker Lesson
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