Last Updated Site :  April 9, 2014, 8:16 pm

Understanding Baccarat 101

Baccarat is a casino game that offers one of the lowest odds compared to other games. To get the most out of baccarat, you need to understand the rules of the game as well as learn some strategies to help you compete with professionals.

At the onset, two hands are dealt for the Banker and Player. You first need to place a bet on whether the banker or player's hand has the higher value closest to 9. Likewise, you can make a bet on a tie.

In baccarat, only the last digit counts as the score of the hand meaning that hands are worth 0 to 9. Whichever hand has the higher value will be declared the winner. A tie will ensue if both hands have identical values.

The game commences with both banker and player receiving two cards each. If either the player or banker has a natural 8 or 9, they must show it and the game ends. A natural hand is one that has a value of eight or nine in just two cards.

When either player has no natural, the game resumes starting with the player then the banker. The sequence of play is based on fixed rules.

For the player, they will not be allowed to draw another card if their initial two cards have a value more than 6. On the other hand, if the value of their initial two cards is less than 5, they will have to pick another card.

For the banker, they will no longer pick another card if their initial two cards have a value more than 7. If the total is 0, 1, or 2, they must draw another card. Moreover, if their initial two cards are worth 3, 4, 5, or 6, their decision to draw another card will depend on the action of the player.

A winning bet on the banker or player will have even money bet. However, you need to pay 5% commission to the casino for betting on the banker. A winning bet on a tie has an 8 to 1 payout. As much as possible, bet on the banker.

In order to get the most out of baccarat, there are some pointers that you need to consider.

1. Play on tables using fewer decks of cards. 2. Choose casinos that collect lower commissions. 3. Always place your bet on the banker. It offers the lowest odds. 4. Bet with money that you can afford to risk. 5. Don't rely on betting systems. They will not work.

By following these tips, you are guaranteed to get the most out of baccarat.

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