Used in baccarat, chemin de fer, and similar games to express a player’s willingness to meet the banker’s whole stake single-handed.
- I nevertheless called banco and got the second-best hand in chemin-de-fer, an eight.
- People with white ducks and beautiful yachts, Errol Flynn walking about, Ari yelling banco in the casino: this was heaven on earth, and I swore to myself right then and there that I would return.
Late 18th century: via French from Italian.
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