Baccarat casino games
The movies make baccarat the most sophisticated and adventurous game in the casino but in reality, it’s incredibly simple and doesn’t require thousands of dollars to play. Players have only two decisions in the game: how much to bet and what to bet, the rest being pure chance.
The goal of the game is to have 2 or 3 cards, when the card values are added, totaling or closest to nine. The human and 10 cards have value of 0, aces are 1 and all other cards have value as marked. No card is worth more than nine. Whenever a hand has a total of more than nine points, 10 will be subtracted and the result is the value of the table (A hand consisting of 2 cards 9-6 will equal 5). The gameplay is very organized and without real nuance because every situation can have a predefined response.
Standard Baccarat rules:
Both the player and the dealer receive two cards
If either card (player or dealer) is 8 or 9 (both numbers are called wild) then game stops and bets are won, lost or pushed based on the original 2 card hand.
If there are no natural cards then the player’s hand is automatically played first
If the player’s two-card score is 5 or less, another card is automatically drawn and then the turn moves to the dealer (no card has more than three cards).
If the player has 6 or 7 and the dealer does not come out naturally then no cards are drawn. Game stops and bets are won, lost or pushed based on two original hands
The dealer only draws the third card if the player takes it and only if his total is equal to or less than the total number of players reaches 7, when no cards are drawn.
There are 3 options to bet. Players can bet on their own cards, the dealer, or the game will be a draw. All winning bets on the dealer’s hand pay a 5% commission and the odds are around 1.2%. Bet on the player hand, when no commission is paid to the winning player, the result is a house rate of 1.06%. The stakes on a tie usually pay off at 8-1 but then, the house’s advantage is 14%; Avoid betting on a tie.
Once the player has made a bet, everything is in the dealer’s hands and there is no need to make any more decisions. That is not bad for a game that has the lowest edge in the casino.