Part of the joy of baccarat is to be found in its simplicity. It is one of the easiest games to pick up, whilst offering some of the best odds to be found in both online and land-based casinos. Baccarat is 100% a game of chance but its rules, once you get used to them are pretty straight forward, and the best thing is that it is easy to get started – you don’t need to be a baccarat expert to begin with.
Aim of Baccarat
The aim of the game is of course to win – and in baccarat you do this by choosing whether the banker or the player are going to win the hand, and betting accordingly. The banker and player are able to win by having the hand that is closest to the value of 9. The game really is as simply as that, but of course in order to actually play; you will need to know a few more details.
Bets in Baccarat
There are only 3 bet types that you can make in Baccarat; you can bet on the banker winning, the player winning or on a tie. The tie bet is universally accepted to be a terrible bet, so in all practical and sensible terms you really have only 2 bets – the banker and the dealer. As you can only bet on one of two positions winning, you would assume that only 2 hands are dealt, and in this assumption you would be correct. Baccarat is a game basically between the house and one player, on which any number of other players can lay bets, but are not involved in the game as they are in other casino card games. Each game begins with the players that are taking part in the betting laying their bets on who they think is most likely to win. When all bets have been made, the dealer will deal the banker position and the player position a hand. Depending on the hands themselves an additional card may or may not be dealt. The hand with the closest value to 9 is the winner, and all who bet on it win.
Hand Values in Baccarat
The value of the hands in baccarat may seem a little confusing, but with a brief explanation you will see that they, and how they are determined, are actually incredibly simple. Basically, all 10s and face cards are worth zero, aces are worth 1, and the rest of the cards are worth their face values. No hand can be above the value of 9, so if a hand is dealt and it adds up to more than 9, the first number of the sum is chopped off to leave a new sum and hand value of 9 or less. For example a 7 and a 6 would have the value of 3.
The only area that can get confusing is the rules regarding receiving a third card, but in most Baccarat games the dealer will automatically deal the third card where and when necessary so the player does not need to concern himself with it.