Baccarat – The Easiest Game In The Casino?

By Lewis De Roques

Learning to play baccarat, whether online or in a casino, could not be easier. It is probably one of the simplest games you could encounter in a casino or on the Internet. Play a few free-play hands at any online casino that offers the game and you will soon grasp the rules and how the betting works.

Baccarat is card game that requires absolutely no skill whatsoever; it is a game of pure chance. In order to play baccarat, players don’t necessarily play against the banker as such, they merely bet upon whose hand will have the closest value to 9 or whether both hands will be of the same value.

The player must bet before any hands are dealt and they do so by choosing “player”, “banker” or “tie”. If the player chooses, “player” or “banker”, winning bets are paid at even money, but if the player chooses “tie”, bets are paid at 8-1 of the player’s stake.

After betting, the banker deals 2 cards face-up to each player. Cards numbered from 2 to 9 have their face value; Aces have a value of 1; 10s and picture cards have a zero value. The winning hand is simply that which is of a higher value. However one hand must have a value greater than 5 in order to be that winning hand.

If either hand is dealt and the value adds up to greater than 9, the first digit of the total is dropped, i.e. 9 + 8 = 17, drop the 1, the hand is worth 7. If neither hand has a value greater than 5, then a third card is dealt to each hand and the highest value wins. If both values are the same, then it is a “tie”. Since the leading digit is dropped for values greater than 9, it is technically not possible to bust in baccarat.

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