How to play Baccarat

If you are looking for a casino game that is easy to learn and play then Baccarat is your best bet (no pun intended). Did I mention that the house edge is only 1.06%? If you are new to casino gambling this game is a good place to start because betting is simple.

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Objective of Baccarat

Baccarat is played with 8 decks of cards. Before the hands are dealt, a bet is placed on the “banker” hand or the “player” hand. You can also bet on a tie, but seasoned gamblers know that this is a sucker bet and gives the casino a large advantage. After the bets are placed, the dealer deals two cards for each hand, “banker” and “player”.

The values of a Baccarat hand are determined by adding the value of individual cards. Tens and face cards are worth 0, aces are worth 1, and each numbered card less than 10 is worth face value.

After the hands are dealt, the cards are added up to a total value. The final value of the hand is the right digit, or last digit, of the total. That means all hands will have a value from 0-9, and the hand with the highest value wins.

Rules of Baccarat

The banker and the player are each dealt two cards. If, either, the banker or the player have a total of 8 or 9, both MUST stand.

If the total of the player’s hand is 6 or 7, the player must stand. If the player stands, the banker hits on a total of 5 or less.

The player automatically hits and the banker gives the player a third card if the player’s total is 5 or less.

If the player hits, the banker draws a third card according to the following rules:

  • Banker’s hand totals 0,1,2: Banker always draws third card
  • Banker’s hadn totals 3: Banker draws if Player’s third card is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-0 (not 8)
  • Banker totals 4: Banker draws if Player thirds 2-3-4-5-6-7
  • Banker 5: Banker draws if Player thirds 4-5-6-7
  • Banker 6: Banker draws if Player thirds 6-7
  • Banker 7: Banker stands.

Finally, the hand with the closest total to 9 wins.

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