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Baccarat Review

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Baccarat is one of the simplest table games going and is available in almost every casino. It is especially popular amongst high rollers and Asian customers.

At the start of the round the player is offered the option to bet in one of three ways. The player to win, the banker (dealer) to win or a tie.

After the bets have been placed, 2 cards are dealt to the player and 2 to the dealer. The cards are valued as such ; A-9 count as their face value (1-9), 10, Jack, Queen and King all count as 0. The value of the hand is then established by adding the value of the two cards together and disregarding any tens. For example if the player was dealt an 9 and a 4, you add the two cards together giving a total of 13 and disregard the ten giving a hand total of 3.

The player or banker may then be dealt a 3rd card according to these rules;

  • If the either the player or the banker has a total of 8 or 9, neither draw an additional card otherwise proceed as follows.
  • If the player has a total of 0-5 an additional card is given to the player. If the player has a total of 6 or 7 they stand.
  • If the player did not draw, the banker takes an extra card if his hand totals 0-5. If the player did draw a 3rd card, the dealer uses the table below to decide whether he draws or not.

After the player and dealer have received any extra cards they are due, the hands are totalled and the higher total wins. If the hands are equal the hand is a push.

There are a few other bets available, but they don’t change the way the hand is played.

Firstly there’s the Tie bet – fairly self-explanatory, you can get 9:1 odds (a bet of $10 pays $90) on the result of the hand being a tie.

You can bet on the Player to get a pair or the Banker to get a pair – both of these pays 11:1 (a bet of $10 pays $110). You can bet on either the Player or the Banker to get a pair which pays 5:1 (a bet of $10 pays $50), or you can bet on either getting a perfect pair (two cards of the same rank and suit) which pays 25:1 (a bet of $10 pays $250).

The final 2 bets are the Big and Small bets. Betting on Small win if only 4 cards are on the table at the end of the round and pays 0.54:1 (a bet of $10 pays $5.40) and betting on Big wins if there are more than 4 cards on the table at the end of the round, it pays 1.5:1 (a bet of $10 pays $15).

Fast, simple and exciting – give Baccarat a try, you’ll love it!