The objective of
Baccarat is to draw a
two- or three-card hand that totals
closer to 9 than the banker. 10,
J, K, Q count as 0, A is a 1 and all
other cards are face value. If
your total is more than ten, you drop
the ten. So a 7-9 hand totals to 6 (16,
drop ten). There is no such thing
as a "bust" hand.
The banker and the player each draw two cards. If either the
player or banker total 8 or 9, both
automatically stand, no exceptions.
If the player's total is 6 or 7, the
player stands. If the player
stands, the banker hits on a total of 5
or less. If the player's total is
5 or less, the player automatically hits
and the banker gives the player a third
card. If the player receives a
third card then the banker draws a third
card according to the following:
Banker's hand totals 0,1,2:
Banker always draws a third
Banker's hand 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
Banker 6: Banker draws if Player
Banker 7: Banker stands.
Once the final cards are dealt, the one
with the total closest to 9 wins.
Bet on your own hand (Player) and you
face a house edge of 1.24%. Bet on the
Banker's hand and the edge is either
0.6% if there's a 4% House cut or 1.06%
is their cut is 5%. Finally there's the
Tie bet which at best gives the house
almost a 5% edge (Pay 8:1) and at worst
14+% (Pay 9:1). Forget the Tie bet for
obvious reasons. Unless you can find a
game with 4% vig on Banker bets, betting
Player or Banker is six of one, half a
dozen of the other.
Avoid the tie.
such a simple game that there is no
real strategy to win. Counting the
cards will only waste your time.
Baccarat is a gambling card game. It is believed to have been introduced into France from Italy during the reign of Charles VIII of France (ruled 1483-1498), and it is similar to Faro and to Basset. There are three accepted variants of the game: baccarat chemin de fer (railway), baccarat banque (or a deux tableaux), and punto banco (or North American baccarat).
Baccarat (pronounced Back-a-rah) is a simple game with only three possible results - 'Player', 'Banker' and 'Tie'. The term 'Player' does not refer to the customer and the term 'Banker' does not refer to the house. They are just options on which the customer can bet.
Baccarat is an unusual game in that any score of 10 is worth 0 (or 'Baccarat'). The highest score that can be achieved is 9. Two picture cards would have a score of 0. A 9 and a 6 would not equal 15 but 5. (Minus the first digit) An ace counts as 1 and the rest of the cards retain their face value.
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