How to Play Baccarat

Baccarat is a very basic game that many players skip over at casinos because they don’t understand how it works, or they just haven’t taken the time to learn it.

How to Play Baccarat
Baccarat is a very basic game that many players skip over at casinos because they don’t understand how it works, or they just haven’t taken the time to learn it. The basic idea of the game is to be closer to 9 than the dealer. When you play it is just between you and the dealer or the banker as they call it. Either you will tie or you or the banker will win.
 

Betting
At the beginning of the game you will have three different betting options. You can either bet that the dealer is going to win, that you are going to win or that you are going to tie. You decide how much money you want to bet on either of the options but you may only choose one of them. If you bet on either the dealer or yourself winning it is a 1 to 1 bet or you will win as much money as you bet, so if you bet 20 dollars you will get 40 back in the event that you are right. If you bet that there will be a tie and you are correct you will receive wither eight or nine times as much money.
Understanding the ValuesIt is very important to know how much each of the cards are worth while you are playing Baccarat. Any number cards are worth their value. Face cards are worth zero points, and aces are worth 1. Memorizing the value of the cards isn’t essential unless you are going to be playing the game on your own. The dealer at a casino will keep track of points for you and online software does it automatically.
 

Gameplay
At the beginning of the game both the dealer and you will be dealt two cards. If those two cards add up to 8 or 9 it is called a natural and whoever has the value automatically wins. Whenever the value of your cards goes above ten, ten is subtracted from that value. So if your first two cards are equal to 16 then you have a 6. After your two cards you will have to follow the third card rules to determine whether you receive another card or not. After the third card has been received by anyone getting it, the winner will be determined and they will receive their money.
Third Card RulesKnowing the third card rules isn’t important if you are playing online or at a casino because they will be taken care of for you. They are important if you want to try the game out on your own however.
 

Player
If the player receives an 8 or 9 they have a natural and they will not get a third card. With a 6 or 7 they also stand and will not receive another card. With a 0 through 5 the player will get a third card.
 

Dealer
If the dealer’s first two cards are equal to 2 or under then he draws a third card. If the dealer’s first two total to 3 then he draws an additional card unless the player’s third card was 8. If the first two cards are equal to 4 then the dealer will pick up another card as long as the players third card was not 0, 1, 9, or 8. With a 5 the dealer draws unless the players picked up a four, five, six, or seven as the third card. With a six the banker draws is as long as the players third card was not a six or seven, and the dealer stands with a seven.
 

Tip
If you ever play Baccarat you have the best odds by choosing either the dealer or you winning. By picking a tie you give the house a much stronger edge.
 

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