Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is a game played with cards and chips. It has a long history, which dates back to the 1400s in Italy. The game was popular in the late 1700s, when it was enjoyed by high-ranking French officials. However, public gambling was prohibited in France in 1837, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that the game made its way to Europe and other parts of the world.

Today, the game is a popular attraction in European and Asian casinos, and it is considered the number one casino game worldwide. Baccarat is also available online. This game is played with eight 52-card packs that are shuffled together.

When a player makes a bet, the croupier deals the cards. Each pack has its own numerical value, with the face cards valued at zero, and the cards that are numbered two through nine worth their face value. Whenever a player has a digit above nine, the first digit is dropped. The next hand is dealt to the player following in the rotation.

A player’s goal in baccarat is to make his or her hands closer to nine than the opposite hand. To do so, he or she must choose which of three options to wager on: the Player, the Banker, or a Tie bet. Before the play begins, the players and the banker each know their first two cards. After this, the caller (or dealer) can choose which hand to deal a third card to, based on what information is available.

The baccarat table is placed in a special alcove. This alcove is accessed through a slot located in the middle of the table. One player will be called, and the other players will alternate with the caller. Using a paddle, the caller will place the cards on the layout labeled PLAYERS.

If the Banker has a digit above seven, the caller should not draw a card. Otherwise, the banker may be forced to draw a third card if a total of six or seven is reached.

The Banker has an advantage over the Player, but it is offset by the Casino’s commission. The House edge on the Bank bet is 1.17 percent. For the Player bet, the House edge is 1.36 percent. While both players and the Banker have the same odds against the other, the house has an edge on the Tie bet, which is over 14 percent.

The banker can choose to draw a third card, or the player can stand. In either case, the banker knows the value of each card that has been dealt to the other player. He or she will try to beat the hand with the largest bet.

There are other rules and strategies, but the basic strategy is pretty much the same regardless of the type of baccarat being played. In the older versions, the players had more freedom to choose which of the two options to bet on. That freedom can lead to a wrong decision, however.