Baccarat : How To Play : Cards
First off lets get this pronunciation thing straight: Bach-Ah-Rah not Back-A-Rat as in 70's song stylist Burt Bacharach.
Baccarat is a game that you either find enthralling or incredibly boring, there really is no space between. If you're interested in partaking in a game that has relatively how house advantage, requires few decisions and almost zero strategy than Baccarat is the game for you.
Baccarat is found in most upper scale casinos, usually in a separate Baccarat Room that is roped off from regular folks, this is because Baccarat used to be played with cold hard cash on the table. These days, its played with chips (cash is allowed though) and it is a bit more accessible. A version of Baccarat for low rollers/guys in ripped jeans and Radiohead T-shirts was introduced as a standard casino game... Mini-Baccarat. Baccarat tables are usually quite large, they seat up to 14 people and are serviced by three dealers. Table minimums at Baccarat tables are usually quite high - from $20 on up... low rollers should hit the Mini-Bac tables if they want a taste of the action.
How It Works
Baccarat is played with eight decks of cards dealt from a shoe. After cards are used they are placed in a drop slot trash can and are never used again. The reason for this is that players are allowed to touch, bend and rumple cards before the player-dealer turns them over and the totals are announced. A game with so few betting and strategy options must have some kind of excitement to it eh?
Players bet on one of three options: Player, Banker or Tie. Cards are dealt in two hands: Player and Banker.
After all bets are down, the dealer gives two cards each to the player and the banker. The score of the hand is the right digit of the total of the cards. For example, if the two cards were an 7 and 5, then the total is 12, and the score would be a 2. Baccarat scores are always between 0 and 9... unlike blackjack, there is no Bust. Face cards are 0, Aces are 1 and all other cards are their face value.
After two cards have been dealt, a third card may or may not be dealt to either or both the player and the dealer depending on the rules.
If the Player hand is higher than the Banker hand, all Player bets are paid off and all other bets lose. If the Banker hand is higher than the Player hand, all Banker bets are paid off and all other bets lose. If the Banker and Player hands push, all Tie bets are paid off and all others lose.
Bet Banker, better odds even with the commission.
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