The Basics of Baccarat


Baccarat is an iconic casino card game. Played worldwide at high-roller tables in casinos featuring tuxedoed players, it has also inspired variations such as Mini Baccarat and Side Bets that offer additional variations.

Before cards are distributed in a game of baccarat are dealt, players must make a bet. Bets may be placed on either the Player, Banker, or Tie. After placing bets are placed, two cards will be dealt out to both Banker and Player hands simultaneously with any combination totalling closest to nine winning. Each hand only ever receives three cards from either hand at once; games typically use six to eight deck shoes where picture cards and Tens are worth zero points while Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces have face values according to their face values – meaning Picture Cards count for nothing while Jacks Queens Kings and Aces count for more.

Once the cards have been dealt, a dealer will tally up both hands’ scores before making a determination on whether a third card should be drawn. When the Player Hand totals 8 or 9, this is known as a Natural and no further cards are drawn for it; banker hands don’t qualify for third cards since their first two cards add up to 10 or greater; otherwise no third cards would be drawn either way.

The dealer will pay out winning bets and collect losing ones. Banker’s win bet pays 9:1 when winning hands are achieved, subject to a 5% commission from the casino; Player’s win bet pays 8:1, however subject to 10% house vig.

Players may place additional bets, known as Super Six and Pair Bets, along with their initial stake. A Super Six bet pays out when a Banker Hand wins with six points while Pair Bets win when either hand ties at two cards each – not available every round, but may help increase payout.

Baccarat rules are simple enough for even novice players to grasp, and its fast-paced nature make it ideal for entertaining guests at parties or tournaments. Some players find it beneficial to familiarize themselves with some key tips prior to engaging in real money baccarat games.

Before betting, take time to familiarize yourself with the values of cards. 10s and 9s each count for 10 points while 2 and 3 count as five, seven point hands including 6s are worth seven and 4s four; these figures will help you calculate the value of your hand when betting and make wise decisions when betting. To stay within budget while remaining under control of your bankroll and avoid overspending. When setting out betting schedules adhere to 10 units per bet with maximum session wager of 200 units followed by breaks.