How to Play Baccarat

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Baccarat is a community game, where all players are concerned with the outcome of one hand only. Despite its simplicity - the object of the game is to get as close to nine as possible - baccarat is considered a glamorous game played by high rollers, princes and James Bond.

Things You'll Need

  • Card Tables
  • Folding Chairs
  • Playing Cards
  • Poker Chips
  • Lose your inhibition about entering the high-roller, cordoned-off baccarat area.

  • Get yourself a snack from the counter in the back of the room, if available. Casinos often provide sandwiches and cookies for the high-rolling baccarat players.

  • Sit down at the baccarat table. Take any seat available.

  • Ask the amount of the table minimum. Leave if the amount is too high; change your money into chips if it's acceptable.

  • Present your player's card to the pit boss.

  • Hear the dealer say "Shuffle" and watch the complicated interweaving of the cards.

  • Take the yellow cut card and cut the six or eight decks in half.

  • Watch the dealer place the shuffled cards in the shoe and remove one card.

  • Take the shoe, if it's passed to you, and pull out cards as instructed by the dealer.

  • Place your bet in the square marked either Player, Banker or Tie.

  • Listen as the caller says "Card for the player" followed by "Card for the banker" to indicate when you should pull a card out of the shoe. Listen as he repeats himself.

  • Count your money to be sure you were paid correctly - if you won.

  • Place your bet in the square marked either Player, Banker or Tie if you wish to continue playing.

Tips & Warnings

  • The one card placed faceup on the table indicates how many cards the dealer will burn. If the card turned up is a four of clubs, the dealer will burn four cards.
  • In baccarat, the casino takes a commission whenever a player wins a bet placed on the banker side. This is because betting on the banker has an inherent 1.06 percent advantage. Bets are paid at 0.95-to-1.
  • Twos through nines are counted at face value; tens and all jacks, queens and kings count as zero; and aces count as one. Suit is irrelevant in baccarat.
  • First and third cards are dealt to the player. Second and fourth cards are dealt to the banker.
  • For any total over nine, only the last digit is taken - for example, a total composed of a six of clubs and a six of diamonds is two. If either the player or the banker has a total of eight or nine, it's called a "natural" and automatically wins - unless the other hand also has a natural, in which case the two hands tie.
  • If the player holds a total of less than six or seven, the player draws.
  • With a total from zero to two the bank always draws; with a total of seven the bank always stands; with a total of three the bank draws, unless the player drew and its third card was an eight; with a total of four the bank draws, unless the player drew and its third card was an eight, nine or ace; with a five the bank draws, unless the player drew a third card outside the range of four through seven; with a six the bank stands, unless the player drew a third card of either a six or a seven.
  • Hone your skills and practice what you've learned, for free or real money, at an Online Casino.
  • Gambling can be addictive. If you think you have a gambling problem, get help immediately.
  • When choosing an online casino, stick to the reputable casinos that have been in business for several years such as Casino-on-net / 888 or Golden Palace.
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