Baccarat Basics


Probably the most popular game in the casino, Baccarat is played with a shoe of 52 cards, shuffled together and dealt to a table of players. This game was first played in Europe and has since spread to the United States and Asia. Over the last twenty years, it has become a favourite game of Asian high rollers.

The game’s objective is to bet on the hand that has the closest possible score to 9. Baccarat is played with a shoe and a betting table that can range in size from $50 to $3,000 per hand. There are five types of bets that are played. Among these are Player’s Bet, Banker’s Bet, Pair Bet, Tie Bet and Super Six Bet. The player’s bet is the highest and is the one most likely to result in a winning hand.

The banker’s hand is the second best bet and has a slightly lower house edge. The banker’s hand stands on a total of six or seven, while the player’s hand must be equal to eight or nine. The house edge for the banker’s bet is 1.06 percent. Similarly, the player’s bet is 1.24 percent.

There are two other bets that are also possible, and they are the Pair Bet and the Tie Bet. A Pair Bet is when the Banker and Player have a matching pair of cards. The Pair Bet pays out 11x the amount of the bet. A Tie Bet pays out 8-1.

The first two cards totaling eight or nine are deemed to be a “natural.” A natural is also a tie, but not a tie bet. The third card is drawn, and if the Player and Banker have the same card, the hand is a winner.

When both the Player and Banker have equal points, the Banker is the winner. If the Banker has a score of 0-4 and the Player has a score of 5-7, the banker draws a card. If the Player and Banker have the same card, a new hand is drawn. The third card can be drawn to either hand, but the Player’s hand is the winner if the total of the third cards is nine.

The Player’s hand is also the best bet in Baccarat. If the Player’s hand is the hand that has the closest score to nine, the player wins twice the amount of the banker’s bet. A Banker’s hand with a score of nine wins 95% of the banker’s bet, while a Player’s hand with a score of seven wins 60% of the banker’s bet.

When betting on the Banker’s hand, you will also need to pay a commission of 5% to the casino. This commission reduces the payout odds to 19 to 20. If you win, you are entitled to a 1 to 1 payout. If you lose, you are refunded. The commission also decreases the house edge, which is 1.17 percent for the Banker’s bet and 1.24% for the Player’s bet.