The Mechanics and Strategy of Baccarat

October 4, 2013


Baccarat is a game that a lot of people think is much more complicated than it is. It looks a lot like blackjack, but it plays more like some of the bets in roulette. Overall, there is a lot of history and prestige that backs this game because it's often be favored by the ruling class of different societies. However, in online casinos, its easiliy accessible to all sorts of players for even very low stakes. Here we'll show you the mechanics of how the game works and a general introduction to the strategy involved.

When you sit down to play Baccarat, you'll see that there are only two hands dealt no matter how many players are at the table. There is the banker hand and the player hand, and you can bet on either. If you place a bet on the player hand and win, then your bet is paid out at 1:1. This means if you bet $10 and win, you will get $10 in return. On the banker hand you have a little bit better chances of winning. However, when you do win, you'll only receive 95 percent of your bet as a prize. So if you wager $10, you win $9.50 on top of your bet.

In the game of Baccarat, you're trying to get as close as you can get to the number 9. You ignore the tens digit for your total in this game. For example, if you have a seven and an eight, then your score in the game is 5 even though seven plus eight is 15. Each hand is dealt two cards, and everyone looks at the hands to see if either player has an 8 or a 9 total. If so, the hand is over. If not, then the player hand gets to hit once (and only once).

If the player stands instead of hitting, then the banker hits with a total of 5 or less. If the player hits, the banker gets a chance to hit based on a special set of rules that aren't really important. All you need to know is that whether or not the banker hits depends on the player's third card and the banker's total score.

When it comes to strategy, there are only two things you need to know to get started. First, the player and banker bets have about the same house advantage with the banker bet being slightly better. Second, the odds are the tie bet are absolutely horrible, and this bet should be avoided at all costs.