Probably the most glamorous casino game, baccarat is considered to be the game of the high rollers and the rich. Found in most of the casinos, the baccarat playing section is usually kept separate from the rest of the floor and the games involve huge betting limits. The air of exclusivity surrounding the whole game often intimidates the players and makes them nervous because of which many players keep away from it.
But in reality, the game is a very simple with easily understandable rules and doesn’t involve much strategizing. In baccarat there can be three types of outcomes where either the player or the banker wins or there is a tie between the two. But when learning the rules of the game, it is equally important to know the terminologies because in a game of baccarat “player” and “banker” does not refer to the customer and the dealer but they are different kinds of bets; i.e. the different option on which the players can place their bets on. In the game the house advantage for the ‘player’ is 1.24%; compared to the other games, the house edge for baccarat is comparatively lower.
The high roller casino players have three betting options in the game – the bankers hand, the player’s hand and a tie. They can either place their bets on any one of them or on all three of them together. The main objective of the game is to bet on that hand which has the most chance of winning.
The dealer deals out the cards in the game and the player hand and the bankers hand are dealt the cards alternately; while in the 1st and 3rd round cards are dealt for the player’s hand, in the 2nd and 4th round the banker is dealt the cards. In order for a hand to win, it has to get a combined score which is as close to 9 s possible. The value of Ace in baccarat is 1; the numbered cards are valued at their respective numbers while the face cards have no value, i.e. worth zero points.
However, in case of a baccarat game, a house commission has to be paid. It has to be given whenever the banker wins and the payout for a tie bet is 8:1. It played properly, baccarat gives the players chances to win huge amount of money. Though the rules of the game seem easy and simple, to master the game practice and patience are required.