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The Rules of Baccarat and How to Play Like a Pro

When you see people in movies playing something in a casino, and they get really excited and they bet a lot, it’s most definitely Baccarat. It is probably one of the most expensive casino games because bets can vary from $100 to $100,000. Baccarat is one of those casino games that draw the most attention to potential players because there are no rigorous rules and not much of thinking really. It requires no focus, no paying attention – just fun. What you need to think about when you get to the Baccarat table is how much you want to bet. That’s all you need to know. If it may seem confusing to you at this time, to understand exactly what’s going on with this game, you need to know a few things. .


The large Baccarat table can seat 12 to 14 players – this goes for land-based casinos. If you’d like to play baccarat online, you can try, an online casino which offers more than a few casino games. Baccarat is played with the standard 52-cards. The cards have different values than their usual. While in most casino games kings, queens, jacks and tens are worth a lot, here in Baccarat their value is “0”. Interestingly, as well, while the aces are usually the most important cards, here they count as “1”. As for the other cards from 2 to 9, they have their pip value.

The object of the game is to get a hand closest to the total of 9. So, after your cards are dealt, 10 is subtracted from the total. If for instance, your total is 16, it will actually be worth 6.

How is it played?

As a player, you are dealt first but you don’t even touch the cards – all you do is guess who will win: The Player, The Banker or Tie. The 52 cards are shuffled and placed in a shoe, and 16 cards from the end of the shoe is a cut-card. So, you make your wager and you get two cards, as well as the banker. After the dealer compares the totals, if you have a total of 6 through 9, you don’t get another card. If, on the other hand, you have a total of 5 or less, you do get one more card.

When it comes to the Banker’s hand, if the total is 7, 8 or 9, he doesn’t receive another card. At last, the totals are calculated and the winner is announced.


As mentioned, you can wager on a Tie, Banker's hand and Player's hand. So, if you believe that the Banker's hand will win, you will pay 5 percent commission to the dealer and you will be paid 1 to 1 or even money. You'll be paid the same if you bet that your hand or the Player’s hand will win.

Now, if you bet on a Tie, you get paid 8 to 1. The Tie has the largest house edge of the three options, 14.36%. The Banker’s hand has a house edge 1.06% while the Player’s hand has 1.24%.
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