Baccarat Rules - A Key to the Game's Mystery

Baccarat, being a game of luck in its entity, is an unbelievable attraction to players, who get knackered from blackjack, or versatile slot machines variations, and are just dying to try something new. Undoubtedly, in addition to the fact that the game has preserved its unique charm till today, it also offers a completely different set of rules and is even played in a separate part of the casino.

Before Playing

Having entered a casino, one should look for a segregated baccarat-section, usually filled with oval tables, which the game is played at. Then, he/she should buy chips and pick a seat and the table, which seems to be the most comfortable one, although as for the game, it doesn't' really matter, what seat the player picks.

The Game - General Rules and Notions

Despite the fact that baccarat was played in Italy and France in the beginning, it's, actually, about Punto Banco (the US variant), which has gained the greater popularity, than the other baccarat variations, among the players all over the world. Therefore, learning general Punto Banco's appears to be one of the best ways to get acquainted with the game.

Objective

In all baccarat variations, the player's goal is to guess, which hand will the largest value (up to 9), and bet on it. Then, his bet will win.

Cards and Values

  • Punto Banco is generally played with 8 card decks, and the initial hand consists of 2 cards.
  • As for the card value, 2's - 9's are valued according to their nominal, face cards (jacks, queens, kings) and 10's are worth "0", while aces have a value of "1".
  • The total value is counted up to 9, so if the player eventually has a jack, a 10 and a 3, for instance (0+10+3=13), the total value will be considered as 3 (all tens aren't taken into consideration).

How to Play

  • Each play of Punto Banco may result in 3 ways, a Banker wins, a Player wins, or both of them win (Tie). Accordingly, the player can bet on each of these 3.

    NB! The term "Banker" as well as the term "Player" refers to the player.

  • The game is started by any of the players, who is referred to as a "Banker", others in a such a case are "Players". In the next rounds, other players receive their right to become Bankers in turn, though the player might refuse this, then the one, next after him, gets such a chance.
  • Having got the initial cards (dealt in such a way: 1 to the player - 1 to the banker - 1 to the player - 1 to the banker), each player makes his bet (on a Banker, a Player, or a Tie).
  • If either a "Banker" of a "Player" has a total value of 8 - 9, the third card isn't taken by anyone. The players, having bet on the winning hand (a Banker, a Player, or Tie), win.

    NB! If a "Banker" wins, the casino takes a 5-% commission from his/her winnings.

  • A "Player" is always the first to take the third card. A "Player" will take the third card, if has a cards 'total value of up to 5.
  • A "Banker" will take the third card, if he/she:
    1. has a cards' total value of 2;
    2. has a cards' total value of 3, whereas a "Player's" third card isn't valued as 8;
    3. has a cards' total value of 4, whereas a "Player's" third card isn't valued as 9, 8, 1, or 0;
    4. has a cards' total value of 5, whereas a "Player's" third card is valued as 4 - 7;
    5. has a cards' total value of 6, whereas a "Player's" third card is valued as 6 - 7.
  • A "Banker" won't take the third card ("Stand"), if his/her cards' total value is 7.
  • Peculiarities

    There are a great number of clear distinctions between the rules in baccarat variations, although the most essential ones, concerning Punto Banco, mostly refer to its mini-alternation, which has been implemented within the latest periods of baccarat history. Here, the main difference between the original and the mini-version lies in the rule, that in the latter one the gambler plays against the dealer.

    How to Choose Your Game

    While trying to make a decision, concerning the perfect casino games variations to play, the gambler should take several aspects into consideration. Notably, it's the game rules, which have to be intelligible for a person and the promised payoffs. Moreover, the playing process should be exciting and absorbing, so that one will have fun, even if the profits aren't incredible. It will also be a great decision to choose games with offer a progressive jackpot as a part of winning. Some of games are also intended to make players more attracted with free-spins and gambling rounds offered. Except for these points pay attention to the bets limits at the table you are going to play. At some tables minimal betting sum may be too high for you, and some do not allow to make bets higher that several dollars. Just be attentive while choosing game and casino – that is you key to success.