the hardest thing about Baccarat is knowing how to pronounce the word. It's
"bah-caw-rah", not "back-a-rat". Baccarat is one of the
easiest table game to play. It's the most uncomplicated game there is. All you
need to decide is whether to bet on "bank", "player" or
"tie". (Betting "tie" is not recommended, the house edge is
too high). Except for the tie bet, Baccarat has a very low house edge - 1.36 %
if you bet on Player and 1.17% for bets on Banker. While the rules may seem a
bit confusing, keep in mind that there really is no need to know them precisely.
It's pretty much a game of chance, all you really have to do is decide which
hand you think will win, and bet accordingly. However, knowing the basic rules
will certainly help you follow what is going on, making the game a lot more
hands are dealt, one for the "player" and one for the
"banker". You can bet on one or the other. If the hand you bet on
wins, you receive a 1 to 1 (even money) payoff. You can also bet that the hands
will tie, but as mentioned above, it is not recommended. You receive an 8 to1
payoff, but ties occur less than once out of every ten hands, making the tie bet
a poor choice.
the start, each hand receives two cards. When necessary, additional cards are
drawn according to the rules. The hand closest to 9 wins. Tens, Jacks, Queens
and Kings count 0. The Ace counts 1 and cards 2 through 9 are at face value. The
hand that comes closest to a count of 9 wins. Hands don't bust like in
Blackjack, because the first digit of a two-digit number is always dropped. For
example, if 5 and 7 are drawn for a total of 12, the count is 2. When there is a
tie, nobody loses.
the first two cards total 8 or 9, the hand is called a "natural" and
it wins automatically, unless both hands have equal value "naturals",
in which case it's a tie. If neither hand has a natural additional cards are
drawn to determine a winner.
and player bets pay even money when you win. However, winning banker bets are
subject to a 5% house commission. Even after paying a 5% commission on winning
banker bets, betting on "banker" is still a slightly (0.19% to be
exact) better proposition than betting on "player". Banker hands win
bets are made before the cards are dealt. In live games every player at the
table gets a chance to deal the cards, but you don't have to deal, just pass the
shoe to the next player. If you have the bankroll (often $25 or more minimum
bet), don't let the tuxedoed dealers and fancy surroundings scare you away.
Baccarat at on online casino and you won't need to feel intimidated stepping
into a fancy, roped-off baccarat pit. And, on the computer, you'll be able to
play at considerably lower limits.