Yes and this is the serious point. This is what it is all about.
Would the sequence have been more riveting if it was Baccarat?
Baccarat and Monte Carlo and Aston Martins and Dom Perignon and women named Domino and villains who drive gold Rolls Royces and Savile Row tailors are what Bond films are. Bond films are not supposed to be pedestrian. Poker equals pedestrian. Baccarat equals a world that book readers and film goers wish to travel into for a few hours. The appeal of Bond is grand escapism. Baccarat is riveting due to its exotic nature. At a baccarat table is where Bond should be. Sophisticated and exotic as opposed to pedestrian. Do you want to see Bond gambling on horses at Ascot or at the local OTB down the road? It really is that simple.