Get to Know Baccarat

By Maria McCoyGoogle
The game of Baccarat is considered to be one of the best games to play in a casino. Why is this? To start it has one of the best edges for the player of any game in a casino.

This means the house will win less often in Baccarat than any other game you play. Second, it is very easy to learn, making a choice among newcomers to casinos.
To start, the goal of Baccarat is simple. You are placing a wager on if the cards dealt by the banker will favor the player, the banker or tie. You have no control of the game and it is purely a luck based game. However, there are few things you can do to maximize your winnings which we will get to at the end.

The standard game of Baccarat will go something like this.

The banker will deal out two hands in the middle of the table. One for the banker and one for the player. The player is not an actual player; it is simply called this so you can place bets.  Two cards are dealt to each hand to start and based on what these cards are will determine if another one is dealt.

Each card is given a value and will determine what the total of the hands equal to. All cards 2-9 are counted as face value. Tens through Kings are zero and Aces worth one. The winning hand is the one in that is closest to nine based on the point values of the cards in each hand.

For example: The players hand contains a 2 and 7. The total for this hand is 9. The banker has a 3 and a 5. The total for this hand is 8. It’s obvious that the players hand wins since it has 9.

Now comes the only tricky part. Based on what cards are dealt as the first two will determine if a hand can get another card. 

Player’s hand

If the total of the players hand is 0, 1,2,3,4 or 5, the player receives another card.

Bankers Hand

Bankers Hand receives another card if the total is 3 and the players 3rd card is 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 or a 9

Banker receives another card if total is 4 and the players 3rd card is 2, 3,4,5,6 or 7.

Banker receives another card if total is 5 and the players 3rd card is 0, 1,2,3,8 or 9

Banker receives another card if the total is 6 and the players 3rd card is a 6 or 7.

If the total of the bankers hand is 7 or 8, no more cards dealt.

This may seem a bit confusing, but there’s no need to worry as you won’t have do anything when playing Baccarat. The banker will do all the work, all you need to place a bet.

As we discussed earlier, there a few things you can do to change the outcome of a game. There is one important aspect of Baccarat that you should pay attention to.

There are 3 bets you can place; the banker, the player and a tie. The bet you want to stick with is the banker. The house edge is only 1.06% versus 1.24% on the player and 14% on the tie.

Now that know how to play Baccarat, you’re ready to jump right in at your nearest casino or online and start playing like a pro.

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