The true beauty of Baccarat is often said to lie within the simplicity of the game itself. It is a game that is incredibly easy to pick up, and the fact that it offers one of the lowest house advantages in today’s casino games makes it an increasingly popular choice for many gamblers.
To fully appreciate Baccarat, a few tips and pieces of information for new players coming to the game should be understood:
• Most games of Baccarat use eight decks of cards. You have more chance of winning through the dealers hand if there are fewer decks of cards.
• Baccarat offers three bets consisting of a winning hand for the player, a winning hand for the dealer or a tie. The house edge on the players hand or the dealers hand is close and betting on either produces similar winnings.
• Ties are very rare in Baccarat. In the event of a tie, players win their money back unless somebody has already bet on a tie.
• There are no set patterns for the outcome of any game of Baccarat. It is a complete game of chance where a sure outcome can never be decided.
• Have a good understanding of Baccarat before playing so you can be aware of any mistakes made by the dealer or other players during the game.
• The dealer must burn as many cards as the number that appears on the face up card on the Baccarat table.
• Players receive the first and third dealt cards while the dealer receives the second and fourth.
• You may only score the last digit of two digit scores because of the ten point rules. A score of 16 will leave a Baccarat total of 6.
• If either player draws 8 or 9 points from the initial hand, the player or dealer wins automatically except in the event of a tie.
• Only a natural 9 can beat a natural 8 hand.
• You must draw if your card total is less than 6 or 7.
• The dealer always hits on totals of 0, 1 or 2. A card total of 3 only allows the dealer to draw if the player draws a third card of 8. If the players third card is an 8, the dealer can only draw on a card total of 4.
• A third player’s card between 4 and 7 can help the dealer draw on a total of 5. The dealer must stand on 6 if the player’s third card is a 6 or 7 only.
• The dealer always stands on a total of 7.