Baccarat, also known as Punto Banco, is one of the oldest and the most fashionable of casino games, particularly popular with high rollers and Asians. Macau is one of the most famous destinations for Baccarat lovers. While the game might look overwhelming and too elegant to learn, it is actually pretty simple and straightforward. Bet4Plus brings to you a guide to help you learn the game!
The first thing that you should know is that it is a card game. The game of Baccarat has three possible bets:
i. Player wins
ii. Banker wins
iii. Tie (undefeated)
These don’t actually refer to the Players or Bankers as such. It's a term used to refer to the type of bet, like how in Roulette you use red and black. No matter how many of you are playing, the dealers will deal only two hands: the banker hand and the player hand. You can bet on either. None of the hands belong to the house though, don't be confused.
Secondly, there are two types:
i. Big Table Baccarat
The term says it all: the people playing are the money high profile and bets bigger than you can imagine. Stakes generally start from $100 and happen to have 3 dealers. So, unless you have that kind of money and skill, it's better to steer clear of the professionals as you might end up losing more money than you intend to.
ii. Mini Baccarat
The rules are almost the same as that of the Big Table: dealer passes the dice; it goes around the table unless you don't want to distribute and take the shoe to the other person. The player who pays out isn't allowed to bet. Two face down cards are hidden in the shoe and the player is asked to look at the Baccarat cards and return to the dealers. At the end, the totals are added and wagers divided.
The key differences between the two are that on mini Baccarat, the dealer turns all the cards so it's comparatively faster and that the deck is divided by six deck shoe which changes the chances a bit.
Some of the rules are:
i. Eight card decks are used
ii. A third card can be paid to the Player's or Banker's hand if
- Either of them has 8 or 9 points
- If they have 5 or less, the player will draw another card
- If the player's hand is 6 or 7, the banker's hand will draw a card
Each table is generally provided with many cards and pencils for the players to track the outcome of each hand. Players are seen doing that quite frequently and while this might help sometimes since the winning hand always switches back from the banker to the player, it is frankly a waste of time. (For the online version, you have to bring your own stationery if you want to follow this trend.) Your best bet is to keep going with the banker and rely on the cards!
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