Baccarat has become a popular card game in many casinos. It is played using 5 to 8 decks of cards that are dealt from a shoe. There are two hands that are dealt by the dealer, the banker hand and the player hand. Prior to the cards being dealt, players must place their bets on either of these hands or a tie. All winning bets placed on a banker or player hand are paid 1:1.
These rules can be confusing for a beginner, but after playing a few hands, the game is fairly easy to understand. The betting system is also rather simple and the payouts are consistent.
There are very few decisions to be made while playing this game. The rules are casino rules and will always remain the same. You simply have to decide which of the three betting options you wish to wager, and the game will begin. Once the cards are dealt, you cannot alter your bets or the amount you have wagered on the outcome of the game.
The payouts for a tie bet will also vary per game. Some will pay 8:1 and others will pay 9:1. In the case of a tie, the bets that were placed on the banker and player hands will be returned to the player. When a bet has been placed, no further decisions are required. The banker and player hands are dealt in accordance with table rules. The result is a final hand consisting of two or three cards each.
The rules for the banker and player hands are different. For the banker's hand, the banker must stand if the total of the first two cards is 7 or higher. If the total is 0, 1 or 2, the banker will be required to draw a card. If the total of the first cards equals between 3 and 6, the banker draw will depend on whether the player drew a card and what the value of that card was.
The value of the hands in the game is determined by adding the value of the cards together. All tens and face cards have a value of zero and all other cards retain their face value. When the cards are totalled, only the last digit of the total number will be used. This means that all hands in Baccarat will have a value ranging from 0 to 9. The hand that has the highest value will win and hands with the same value will result in a tie.
For the player hand, if the first two cards total more than 6, the player must stand and cannot draw an additional card. If the total of the cards is 5 or lower, one additional card must be drawn.
Remember, you are the one setting your gameplay rules. Managing money when playing Baccarat is important, including sticking to a budget. Always consider a specific amount of money, you are willing to lose. If you have depleted your bankroll call it a night.
These games can be fun, entertaining and addicting, so it is important to have limits and know when to call it quits. For more information on how to enjoy the games safely, please visit our Responsible Gaming page.
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