Baccarat Rules

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How to Play Baccarat - Rules and more

Many people have absolutely no ideal how to play the game of Baccarat and the funny thing about this is that it is actually one of the easiest casino games to learn. Right now Poker and Blackjack are the more popular games mainly because celebrities have helped their exposure through major endorsement deals. Although Baccarat hasn't hit mainstream media (except for its peek shows in various James Bond movies) it is very well known and more so played in casinos across Asia.

It is true that the first time you start playing Baccarat, even if you've perused Rules and Strategies on various sites, you probably don't know what you're doing. The simple thing to remember is that the goal is to attain a score of 9. Whichever one of you, i.e. the Dealer or You, has the closest score to 9 wins. To begin you must place your bets on the desired betting area of the table by first selecting the chip amount. Let's say you want to bet $20, you can click on the $10 chip, then click on the betting area twice ($10 x 2 = $20). There is a "Clear" button that will remove your bets if you decide that you don't want to bet that much; you will then need to start betting all over again. Both you and the dealer are dealt 2 cards face up. This makes the point value of both hands visible. Depending on who has the point total closest to 9 on the initial 4 card deal, the winner is determined.

Cards are valued differently and the point value is very easy to understand. Face Cards and 10s are worth Zero; 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s are worth their face value; and Aces are always worth One unlike Blackjack where the value can be changed to suit the hand dealt. If 2 or more cards totals 10 points or more, the point total is reduced by 10 points. So, if you are dealt a hand of 7 and 5, ten points will be subtracted from that point total, thereby reducing it to 2 for that hand. Let's try this again. If you are dealt a hand of 9 and Ace, the total would be 10, right? WRONG. Remember all totals of 10 and over are reduced by 10 points. So, your hand of 9 and an Ace (or 1), will give you a total of Zero. And again, if you are dealt a hand of 5 and 10, your total won't be 15, but instead 5 (10+5-5).

Baccarat offers 3 betting options. You can either bet that your hand will win outright, bet that the Dealer's hand will win, or bet that the hand dealt will result in a Tie.

General Baccarat Rules are as follows:


  • If the Player or Banker has a total of 8 or 9 on the first deal, the winner is the one with the higher point total.

  • If the Player has a point total of 5 or less on the first deal, he is automatically dealt another card.

  • If a Player has a point total of 6 or 7 on the first deal, he has the option to Stand or Hit to receive a 3rd and final card.

  • If the Banker has a point total of 0 to 2 on the first deal, he will draw another card.

  • If the Banker has a point total of 7 on the first deal, he must Stand.

  • If the Banker's point total on the initial deal is 3 and the Player's third card is an 8, the Dealer must Stand.

  • If the Banker's point total on the initial deal is 4 and the Player's third card is a 0, 1, 8 or 9, the Dealer must Stand.

  • If the Banker's point total on the initial deal is a 5 and the Player's third card is a 0, 1, 2, 3, 8 or 9, the Dealer must Stand.

  • If the Banker's point total on the initial deal is 6, and the player's third card is a 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 or 9, the Dealer must Stand.

Once you begin playing and familiarizing yourself with how the game works, it is very easy to understand. And once you get over the stigma that Baccarat is a game only for the affluent in society, you will soon begin to see its winning potential and how easily you can reap the rewards too.



Practice our Demo Baccarat game below. Simply click on either the Tie, Bankers, or Players betting area to place your desired wager and then click "Deal". The game is fast paced so be prepared.




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