Baccarat, which is also known as Punto Banco, is one of the most popular games in any casino – from the floors of Macau to the online tables on Casino Smash.
This casino classic is surprisingly simple as the main objective is to predict which of two hands, Banker or Player, will come closest to nine.
The gameplay of baccarat is incredibly simple, you have a dealer whose hand is the banker’s, one selected player whose hand is the player’s, and up to 12 or 14 players who place bets on which of these two hands come closer to 9.
The dealer begins by drawing four cards from the shoe face down.
The first and third cards goes to the Player hand, and the second and fourth cards to the Banker hand. If either the Player hand or the Banker hand has a point count of eight or nine in the first two cards, it is called a natural and no more cards are dealt.
The losing bets are collected from all players, and then the winning bets are handed out based on the hand that received a If neither hand has a natural 8 or 9, then a third card must be drawn by the dealer, and this is done based on a very strict set of rules which we will explain after you become more familiar with the board and bets of this classic card game.
There are three types of bets in Baccarat: the Player, Banker and Tie which is also known as the Stand-Off bet.
The Player bet assumes that the player will win with a hand closest to 9, the Banker bet predicts that the banker’s hand will end up closer to 9, and the Tie bet predicts that the hand values will be equal.
In terms of payouts, each bet pays out at a different rate.
Keep in mind that the house always tries to leverage their advantage and while the Tie bet may seem like the most profitable, it also has the lowest winning odds!
Card values are calculated a little differently in baccarat.
Unlike blackjack and poker where face cards and tens are valued at “10”, in baccarat they are valued at 0.