Baccarat at the Sands was successful enough that the game of baccarat was soon adopted by other Las Vegas casinos. Because of its image of exclusivity, however, it never achieved the widespread popularity among casino gamblers that would ultimately come only with the introduction of online baccarat some 40 years later.
Tommy Renzoni remained involved with baccarat and was a successful casino baccarat player for many years. He also wrote a couple of important baccarat books: “Renzoni on Baccarat” and “Baccarat: Everything You Want to Know About Playing and Winning.” Both books are considered must-reads by all serious baccarat players.
Kashigawi’s biggest win came in February 1990 at the Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City. Betting $200,000 a hand, he won $6 million. His biggest loss came in May 1990 at the same casino. Over the course of a 6-day spree, he lost $10 million at the casino baccarat table. Thus, the biggest baccarat win and the biggest baccarat loss were achieved by the same player in the same casino in the same year.
The Warrior lived on a grand scale, and his death was also writ large. In January 1992 he was stabbed to death, with more than 150 stab wounds, in his Mount Fuji home. The murder was never solved. It was an untimely but dramatic end to a dramatic casino gambling career.
The first James Bond novel, “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming (1953) concerned a baccarat game between Bond and bad guy Le Chiffre upon which the fate of the free world depended. Bond also played baccarat in many of the movies, including Dr. No, Thunderball, the 1967 version of Casino Royale, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, and Golden Eye.
For many people, watching James Bond movies was their first introduction to the exotic game of baccarat and was their inducement to start playing baccarat online.