Baccarat is a card game, the objective of playing being to bet on either the bank or the player having the hand that is closer or equal to 9. If you bet on the bank, the casino will collect a commission on what is won. Alternatively, you can also bet on both hands being equal (a tie). To learn baccarat is very easy. It is not essential to know the rules, though they may seem confusing. The most you really need to know is whether to bet on the bank or player.
Baccarat is played on a large table usually seating 12 people. An interactive and exciting game, Baccarat played “Asian Style”, has the house dealing the cards and Players turning them over.
The game of Mini-Baccarat originates from it's larger and older predecessor Baccarat. The game is played on a Blackjack sized table with up to 7 Players and unlike Baccarat, Players do not touch the cards. The drawing rules of Mini-Baccarat are the same as Baccarat.
The object of Baccarat is to bet on which hand will have the highest value. The highest hand in Baccarat is 9 and the lowest 0. Tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings are counted a s zero, an Ace counts as one, and all the other cards count as their face value, When totaling the cards on each hand, only the right hand number of the total figure is used to determine the hands' value. For example, 7+8, instead of 15, would value 5.
Playing the Game
Bets are placed, then a total of four cards are dealt, the first and third are the Players' hand and the second and fourth are the Bankers' hand. Once the initial cards are dealt and exposed, the Dealer announces the totals for each hand and additional cards are then drawn in accordance with the Third Card Rules.
You have three betting options in Baccarat. You can bet that the Player's hand will win, that the Bankers hand will win, or that both hands will tie. If you win with a bet on either the Bankers or the Players hand, your bet will be paid even money.
If you win with a bet on the Bankers hand you will be charged a 5% commission on your winnings. If both hands tie, neither hand wins or loses, but if you have a wager on the tie, you win 8 to 1!
If the player stands on his two-card hand, the banker will draw a third card if his hand is less than 5, otherwise he stands. If the player draws a third card, the the banker will play according to the following rules:
|If total of the Banker's two card hand is
||Then the Banker will draw a third card if three PLAYERS card hand totals
|0, 1 or 2
||Banker must draw third card
||0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
||4, 5, 6, 7
|7, 8 or 9
||Banker must stand