Playing a game of casino Baccarat

Baccarat was, at least until the late 1980s, the casino game of the rich. High rollers played for high stakes in separate sections of the most popular casinos, and the game was reserved for them. In the 1980s, casinos decided to offer an alternative version of the game – mini baccarat – to the rest of the casino public, placing it between the other popular table games. Later, with the growing popularity of online casinos, baccarat became a game accessible to anyone.


Baccarat is a special game, with a very specific way of counting card values and a very specific gameplay.

In Baccarat the basic rule is that only the rightmost number of the card value is counted. Card values in Baccarat are counted as follows: Aces are worth 1 point, cards between 2 and 9 are counted at face value, and tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings have no value at all (they are worth 10 points, and – as their rightmost number is 0, their value will be zero). Hands are also counted this way: a hand with a total of 15 points – let’s say, a 9 and a 6 – has a value of 5 points in baccarat.

In Baccarat, each hand consists of not more than three cards. The values of these cards are added together. The goal of the game is to achieve a hand with a value of 9 or as close to 9 as possible.

In a game of Baccarat there are only two hands dealt, no matter how many players participate – one hand for the player and another hand for the bank. Participants don’t actively play the game of Baccarat, they only bet on one of the hands – the banker’s hand or the player’s hand.

Playing the game
In Baccarat, the dealer is somewhat similar to a ‘master of ceremony’. After the two starting hands, consisting of two cards for each player, are dealt. The point value of the hands determine whether any of the players needs another card for a value as close to 9 as possible. There are rules for this action – based on the value of the hands, players are required to stand or draw another card.

In the end, the values of the two hands are compared, and the one closest to 9 wins. If the two hands have the same value, nobody wins – it’s a push.

Participants can bet on either of the two hands, or on a tie (push). This bet usually has the highest payout of them all – sometimes 8:1, that can sound tempting. Ties don’t occur that often, though.

September 24, 2013 by : posted in Games No Comments

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