When we say baccarat is one of the simplest of casino games, we mean it. You don’t have to do anything else once you have elected to place your bet. All you must do is sit back and let the dealer do all the work.
You will see three betting options when you open a table:
Your choice is to second-guess whether the Player wins the hand, the Banker, or the game will be a tie.
Once you have placed your bet, the dealer will deal two cards face up to the Player and the Banker – the idea is to get as close to a total of 9 as possible, with 9 being the best score.
2s to 9s are taken at face value, an A is valued at one, and 10s, Js, Qs and Ks are worth zero.
Because you cannot have a total over 9, any score over that is negated, and the second digit only counts. So if, for example, the Player has a 7 and a 9, totalling 16, their score is given as 6.
That’s the easy part (and remember the dealer computes all this for you so you don’t need to decide whether to hit or stand) – there then follows a set of rules as to whether a third card can be taken.
First, the Player hand plays out.
If the Player has 8 or 9 and is ahead of the Banker score, the Player wins.
If, however, the Player total is 6 or 7, the Player must stand and let the Banker continue.
If the Player has fewer than 6, a third card is dealt unless the Banker has 8 or 9 – in this case, the Banker wins straight away.
There are further rules, which seem odd at first, but remember the dealer does all this for you when it comes to the Banker hand.
If the Player shows 6 or more, the Bankers acts like the Player: takes a third card with hands of 0 to 5, and stands on 6 through 9.
But, if the Player had taken a third card, these rules apply, depending on the Banker’s current total:
– 0-2, Banker draws again, no matter what the Players third card was
– Banker draws again unless the Player’s third card was an 8
– Banker draws again if the Player’s third card was 2 through 7
– Banker draws again if the Player’s third card was 4 through 7
– Banker draws again if the Player’s third card was 6 or 7
– Banker must stand