Baccarat rules and betting
The rules of baccarat are very simple, with three possible outcomes for each hand played.
The aim of the game is to predict whether the hand representing either the Banker or the Player will achieve a higher score, and therefore produce a win. Alternately, you can wager on the less-frequent occurrence of a Tie hand, where both the Player and the Banker hands finish with the same score.
Ten cards and picture cards score zero, Aces one, and other cards in accordance with their denominations.
You may wager on both a Tie hand, and either the Player or Banker hands, but not on both the Player and the Banker together in the same hand.
Once bets have been placed, two cards are dealt to each of the hands representing the Player and the Banker. The cards are revealed and the scores are announced to the table. Depending on the scores, one additional card might be drawn for the Player, the Banker, or both hands. There will never be more than three cards for each of the hands, and the rules governing the drawing of cards are standardized and fixed in all casinos that offer the game.
After the hand is complete and a winning outcome is declared, losing bets are collected, and winning bets are paid according to the odds shown in the table below.
|Banker||1 to 1*|
|Player||1 to 1|
|Tie||8 to 1|
*minus a 5% commission (for instance, a 100 bet pays 95, net).
If the winning result is the Tie, the Banker and the Player bets are returned to you (similar to a ‘Push’ in Blackjack, where no profit or loss occurs).
If the Player hand wins, it pays even money.
If the Banker hand wins, it pays even money (minus a 5% commission).
Third Card Rule
If either the Player or the Banker has a score of eight or nine on the first two cards, it is called a ‘Natural’. The game is over and a winner is declared. Otherwise, if the Player hand score is between zero and five, it draws a third card. The Bank hand receives a third card under the conditions shown in the table below. These rules are followed, even if the Banker would win by standing with two cards.
|Banker’s Two-card Total||Banker Draws if Player’s 3rd Card is|
|3||Any (except an 8)|
|4||Between 2 and 7|
|5||Between 4 and 7|
|6||Between 6 and 7|
|7||Does Not Draw|
|8||Does Not Draw|
|9||Does Not Draw|
If the Player hand has a score of six or seven (and, by rule, stands), then the Banker hand will draw a card on a score of zero through five
The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Baccarat is:
- Banker bet: 98.94%
- Player bet: 98.76%
- Tie bet: 85.64%
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Online Baccarat Games
The last three Online Baccarat games added to our collection:
- Software: GamesOS
- Rules: 6 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Shuffled after each round
- Interface: Bet on Any combination,
- Platform: Flash, No Download,
Baccarat by GamesOS
- Software: Play’n GO
- Rules: 6 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Shuffled after each round
- Interface: Bet on Any combination, Cards Face Up, Mini Table,
- Platform: No Download,
Mini Baccarat by Play’n GO
- Software: 1×2 Gaming
- Rules: 6 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less, Shuffled after each round
- Interface: Bet on Any combination, Cards Face Up, Mini Table,
- Platform: Mobile, No Download, Android, iOS
Baccarat by 1×2 Gaming
- Software: Red Tiger Gaming
- Rules: 11 to 1 Banker Pair, 11 to 1 Player Pair, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less
- Interface: Bet on Any combination, Cards Face Down, Mini Table,
- Platform: Mobile, No Download, Android, iOS
Punto Banko by Red Tiger Gaming
- Software: Saucify
- Rules: 6 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less
- Interface: Cards Face Up, Mini Table,
Western Baccarat by Saucify
Find the index of all baccarat games online with detailed info and read the .
David Parlett considers Macao as the immediate precursor to baccarat. Its name and rules suggest it may have been brought over by sailors returning from Asia where similar card games have been played since the early 17th century such as San zhang, Oicho-Kabu, and Gabo japgi. Macao appeared in Europe at the end of the 18th century and was popular for all classes. Its notoriety led to King Victor-Amadeus III banning it in all his realms in 1788. It was the most popular game in Watier’s, an exclusive gentlemen’s club in London, where it led to the ruin of Beau Brummell. The match in Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Night Games (Spiel im Morgengrauen) contains instructions for Macao under the name of baccarat. Its popularity in the United States waned after the early 20th century. The game still has a following in Continental Europe, especially in Russia.
Macao uses two decks of cards shuffled together. Punters place their bets (within the agreed limits) against the banker. Initially, one card is dealt clockwise and face down to every player by the banker. The punters’ objective is to beat the banker’s card value or risk losing their bet. In case of a tie, whoever has the same value with fewer cards wins. The banker wins if there is a tie in both value and number of cards (in an early version, all bets are off). Any punter who receives a natural 9 receives triple the amount of the bet as long as the banker does not have a natural 9, too. Winning with a natural 8 awards double while winning with a 7 or under is only equal to the bet. Players can request additional cards which are dealt face up; if it is a ten or a face card, they can reject it and ask for another. In an early version of this game, going over 9 with extra cards amounts to a «bust» as in blackjack, later versions use modulo 10 arithmetic as in the other games. Beating the banker with a pair only awards an equal amount to the bet. When the deck is exhausted, the player to the banker’s left becomes the new banker.
Victoria is a variation of macao where players are initially dealt two cards. Like macao and baccarat, it was banned in Russia during the 19th century though their rules continued to be printed in game books.
Chemin de fer
Chemin de fer is a version which first appeared in the late 19th century. Its name, which is the French term for railway, comes from the version being quicker than the original game, the railway being at that time the fastest means of transport. It is still the most popular version in France.
Six decks of cards are used, shuffled together. Players are seated in random order, typically around an oval table; discarded cards go to the center. Play begins to the right of the croupier and continues counterclockwise.
Once play begins, one player is designated as the banker; this player also deals. The other players are «punters». The position of banker passes counterclockwise in the course of the game. In each round, the banker wagers the amount he wants to risk. The other players, in order, then declare whether they will «go bank», playing against the entire current bank with a matching wager. Only one player may «go bank». If no one «goes bank», players make their wagers in order. If the total wagers from the players are less than the bank, observing bystanders may also wager up to the amount of the bank. If the total wagers from the players are greater than the bank, the banker may choose to increase the bank to match; if he does not, the excess wagers are removed in reverse play order.
The banker deals four cards face down: two to himself and two held in common by the remaining players. The player with the highest individual wager (or first in play order if tied for highest wager) is selected to represent the group of non-banker players. The banker and player both look at their cards; if either has an eight or a nine, this is immediately announced and the hands are turned face-up and compared. If neither hand is an eight or nine, the player has a choice to accept or refuse a third card; if accepted, it is dealt face-up. Traditional practice – grounded in mathematics, similar to basic strategy in blackjack, but further enforced via by the other individuals whose money is at stake – dictates that one always accept a card if one’s hand totals between 0 and 4, inclusive, and always refuse a card if one’s hand totals 6 or 7. After the player makes his decision, the banker, in turn, decides either to accept or to refuse another card. Once both the banker and the representative player have made their decision, the hands are turned face-up and compared.
If the player’s hand exceeds the banker’s hand when they are compared, each wagering player receives back their wager and a matching amount from the bank, and the position of banker passes to the next player in order. If the banker’s hand exceeds the player’s hand, all wagers are forfeit and placed into the bank, and the banker position does not change. If there is a tie, wagers remain as they are for the next hand.
If the banker wishes to withdraw, the new banker is the first player in order willing to stake an amount equal to the current bank total. If no one is willing to stake this amount, the new banker is instead the next player in order, and the bank resets to whatever that player wishes to stake. Many games have a set minimum bank or wager amount.
European Baccarat has two key differences in rules as compared to American Baccarat:
- The player has the option of standing or drawing on 5.
- The banker (controlled by dealer) also has an option on whether to draw a third card, although in practice the casino generally follows the rules of play for American baccarat.
The casino finances the banker hand. Example: The Banker funds $1,500. If a player bets $1,000 and the second player bets $500, the next players are not allowed to bet now any more.
When a player wants to cover the entire banker’s bet, he calls out «banco» and no other players are allowed to bet during that round.
Players who choose to bet with the bank to win are charged the same 4 or 5 percent of their winnings, like in any other version of baccarat.
Knowing only the best bet for Baccarat game will not make a good strategy. The next decision is how much to bet.
It is not a secret that many players risks more than they can afford to loose when they put on the table their money — a really good way to go completely broke. But following some simple rules can help you to increase your chances to win:.
- Even before you sit down at the baccarat table decide how much you are going to loose.
- Divide up your money and control how much you bet at each round.
- One of the best ways to manage your money during the play is to pocket a certain percentage of your winnings each time you win or to pocket it all.
For example you have $500 to wager. Start the game betting the table limit (let’s say $25). Put the winnings aside, and at the end of the 25ths round you’ll only have played $500 even, which is exactly what you intended to spend and any winnings are yours to keep.
This simple strategy gives you chance to enjoy the thrill of gambling for a longer period of time without going broke.
And one more advice: Never underestimate luck, it is the biggest factor when you play any game of chance — if you leave the table having more dollars in your pocket than you started (even if it is only $25) you win!
The sad thing about any gambling strategy is the discipline. Remember, if you do not follow your chosen strategy, you do not have strategy at all!
So, bet on the Banker hand, stick to the money management and let the luck be on you side!
The only real decisions a baccarat player gets to make is who to bet on. A baccarat player can bet on the player to win, but she can also bet on the banker to win. She can also bet on the player and the banker tying.
If you bet on the banker, winning bets pay off at 19 to 20. In other words, the house keeps a 5% commission on this bet.
If you bet on the player, winning bets pay off at even money. There’s no commission.
If you bet on a tie, the winning bet pays off at 8 to 1, although this might vary from one casino to another.
Bets on the player and/or the dealer are considered a “push” in the case of a tie, and the bettor receives her bet back.
In popular culture
Royal baccarat scandal
The Tranby Croft affair in 1891 and disgraced socialite William Gordon Cumming’s subsequent lawsuit, known together as the royal baccarat scandal, due to the involvement of the future King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, in the incident, inspired a huge amount of media interest in the game, bringing baccarat to the attention of the public at large, with rules being published in newspaper accounts of the scandal. The scandal became the subject of music hall songs and a stage play.
Baccarat chemin-de-fer is the favoured game of James Bond, the fictional secret agent created by Ian Fleming. Bond plays the game in numerous novels, most notably his 1953 debut, Casino Royale, in which the entire plot revolves around a game between Bond and SMERSH operative Le Chiffre; the unabridged version of the novel includes a primer to the game for readers who are unfamiliar with it. It is also featured in several filmed versions of the novels, including the 1954 television adaption, where Bond, referred to as «Jimmy» by several characters, bankrupts Le Chiffre in order to have him eliminated by his Soviet superiors; Dr. No, where Bond is first introduced playing the game in film; Thunderball; the 1967 version of Casino Royale, which is the most detailed treatment of a baccarat game in any Bond film; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; For Your Eyes Only; and GoldenEye.
In the 2006 movie adaptation of Casino Royale, baccarat is replaced by Texas hold ’em poker, largely due to the poker boom at the time of filming.
Modern types of the game
Casinos always try to give baccarat an aura of glamor. The play area is ropped-off to separate it from the rest of the casino, dealers are tuxedo-clad, there is an air of elegance and exclusivity — everything is made to attract the high rollers who can wager more than average players. This game is a serious business for a casino, and is usually played for serious money.
All this stuff makes us intimidated by baccarat, but it is a simple game of luck and one of the easiest casino games to play. Today, we can play modern types: Mini baccarat is played under the same rules as American one, have the same odds, but the lower table limits. As for , you can control over your surroundings and no alcohol being forced upon you.
The only decision a baccarat player actually makes during a game is which bet to place, and each bet has a specific mathematical house edge. None of the bets offer even odds, so baccarat is always a negative expectation game. To practice good baccarat strategy, just choose the bet with the lowest house edge, and never place either of the bets with the higher house edge.
Here’s the list of bets along with the house edge for each:
- A bet on the banker has a house edge of 1.06%, making it the best available baccarat bet. The best strategy for baccarat, mathematically, is to always bet on the banker.
- A bet on the player has a house edge of 1.24%. You’re only giving up 0.18%, but there’s no rational reason to give up any percentage to the house.
- A bet on a tie has a house edge of 14.36%, making it one of the worst bets in the casino. You’d be better off playing roulette or almost any slot machine.
Various bogus baccarat strategies and systems are available for sale on the Internet. If you’re in the mood to waste some money and support a con man, buy one of these systems. Just remember that by using the system, you’re not changing the math behind the game at all. You’re just putting money in the pockets of someone who’s either lying or has a limited understanding of math.
Chemin de fer
You can find this variation of baccarat game in some European casinos (mostly French casinos). It is not played in the North America where casinos prefer to cultivate Nevada Baccarat, described on American baccarat page.
The object of the game is the same — to get winning hand as close to 9 as possible, and the hand values determined by the same rules as for American baccarat.
The main difference is that the casino doesn’t play the role of banker, In Chemin de fer you cannot just bet on Player or Bank (Punto or Banco), you must be one or the other. The players wager among themselves, and the bank rotates among the players. The play of the banker can be declined, it then passes to the next player to the right, so the shoe moves counterclockwise around the table like a train (Chemin de Fer is French for «railroad»).
In American baccarat you are playing against the House and the casino provides the financial backing for the game. In Chemin de Fer the Casino has no direct involvement in the betting. It only provides:
- A dealer or «Croupier» to make sure the rules are adhered to and that everything runs smoothly.
- The necessary gaming equipment; table, chairs, the shoe called «sabot» and the cards.
For all these, the Casino takes a percentage commission, or rake, (usually 5%) on all winning Bank hands.
Another difference is that that unlike the American Baccarat, Chemin De Fer has flexible drawing rules for the third card:
- Player has the option of either drawing or standing on five (In the Nevada baccarat the player automatically hits if he has total of 5 or less).
- The play of the banker is completely optional.
How to Play Baccarat
Baccarat is a card game similar to blackjack in some ways, but baccarat lacks the element of skill that makes blackjack such a thinking man’s game. That being said, baccarat has its charms.
Baccarat has been around forever. It’s especially popular with Asian gamblers, and it’s also popular with high-rollers, which explains why none of my friends play much baccarat.
Like in blackjack, the cards in baccarat have point values. Tens and face cards have a point value of 0, while all the other cards have a point value equal to their ranking. (So an ace is worth 1 point, a two is worth 2 points, etc.)
Each player gets two cards, and the point values of those cards is totaled. The right digit of that total is the player’s score. For example, if a player is dealt a 7 and a 9, she has a total of 16, but only the number on the right counts, so her score is 6.
A baccarat score will always be a number between 0 and 9.
Players do have the option to “hit,” or take another card, just like in blackjack. But in baccarat, a player is only allowed to hit once. And if either the banker or the player has a total of 8 or 9, the player is NOT allowed to hit.
Also, players don’t really have the “option” to take a hit. They receive an additional card based on whatever their score is. If the player has a 5 or less, she gets another card (unless the banker has a total of 8 or 9). Otherwise, her total stands.
The banker also has rules about whether or not to take another card, and those rules are based on what the banker’s total is. There’s no decision-making involved. (I’ll describe in a future article, in detail, when the banker takes another card, and when she doesn’t.)
The scores are compared, and either the player or the banker will have a higher score, although it’s also possible that they could tie.
Whats the House Edge for Baccarat
In order to determine the advantage that the casino holds over the player, you first need to know the number of decks being used. Most online casinos use six, but one or eight decks are also possibilities.
- Eight Decks — The casino edge on the banker bet is 1.06%, while wagering in favor of the player gives the house a 1.24% edge. Betting on a tie is the worst option for players, as the edge rises to 14.36%.
- Six Decks — Much like the eight-deck game, the house advantage is 1.06% for banker bets and 1.24% for player wagers. The tie bet is slightly higher than the previous entry, with 14.44% compared to 14.36%.
- One Deck — For the rare baccarat game that uses a single deck of cards, the edge is 1.01% for banker wagers, 1.29% for player bets, and 15.75% on a tie.
As you may have noticed, the tie bet is always the worst option for the player. Sure, it offers a larger payout, but the chance of winning is significantly smaller.
For players looking to give themselves the best possible odds, the suggested strategy is to wager on the banker every hand. The house still has a mathematical advantage in the long term, but it’s the lowest of the three wagering options.
dont bet on tie
Playing Baccarat you have only a choice of three bets, but it does not mean you don’t have any options at all.
- Betting on the Player Hand — the house edge is 1.29%.
- Betting on the Bank Hand — the house edge is 1.01%.
- Betting on a Tie Hand — the house edge is 15.75%.
The house edge numbers mean that Banker hand wins more often in the long run. Even after paying a 5% commission it is still a slightly better proposition than betting on «Player hand». So, there is only one good bet to make — Bank Hand.
As for betting on Tie hand the casino will pay nine for one odds. Unfortunately, the casino advantage on this bet is over 15%. So, don’t bet on «Tie».
Well, it may be a very boring when you have only one good bet to make, but still the game of baccarat has one of the best odds in casino if you know this.
In Baccarat Banque the position of banker is much more permanent compared to Chemin de fer.
The shoe contains three inter-shuffled decks. The banker, unless he retires either of his own free will or by reason of the exhaustion of his finances, holds office until all these cards have been dealt.
The bank is at the outset put up to auction, i.e. is given to the player who will undertake to risk the largest amount. In some circles, the person who has first set down his name on the list of players has the right to hold the first bank, risking such amount as he may think proper.
The right to begin having been ascertained, the banker takes his place midway down one of the sides of an oval table, the croupier facing him, with the discard area between. On either side of the banker are the punters (ten such constituting a full table). Any other persons desiring to take part remain standing, and can only play in the event of the amount in the bank for the time being not being covered by the seated players.
The croupier, having shuffled the cards, hands them for the same purpose to the players to the right and left of him, the banker being entitled to shuffle them last, and to select the person by whom they shall be cut. Each punter having made his stake, the banker deals three cards, the first to the player on his right, the second to the player on his left, and the third to himself; then three more in like manner. The five punters on the right (and any bystanders staking with them) win or lose by the cards dealt to that side; the five others by the cards dealt to the left side. The rules as to turning up with eight or nine, offering and accepting cards, and so on, are the same as Chemin de fer.
Each punter continues to hold the cards for his side so long as he wins or ties. If he loses, the next hand is dealt to the player next following him in rotation.
Any player may «go bank», the first claim to do so belonging to the punter immediately on the right of the banker; the next to the player on his left, and so on alternatively in regular order. If two players on opposite sides desire to «go bank», they go half shares.
A player going bank may either do so on a single hand, in the ordinary course, or a cheval, i.e. on two hands separately, one-half of the stake being played upon each hand. A player going bank and losing may again go bank, and if he again loses, may go bank a third time, but not further.
A player undertaking to hold the bank must play out one hand, but may retire at any time afterwards. On retiring, he is bound to state the amount with which he retires. It is then open to any other player (in order of rotation) to continue the bank, starting with the same amount, and dealing from the remainder of the pack, used by his predecessor. The outgoing banker takes the place previously occupied by his successor.
The breaking of the bank does not deprive the banker of the right to continue, provided that he has funds with which to replenish it, up to the agreed minimum.
Should the stakes of the punters exceed the amount for the time being in the bank, the banker is not responsible for the amount of such excess. In the event of his losing, the croupier pays the punters in order of rotation, so far as the funds in the bank will extend; beyond this, they have no claim. The banker may, however, in such a case, instead of resting on his right, declare the stakes accepted, putting up the needed funds to meet them. In such event the bank thenceforth becomes unlimited, and the banker must hold all stakes (to whatever amount) offered on any subsequent hand, or give up the bank.
Punto banco variations
Midi and Mini punto
Smaller versions of the game are common in more modest settings. In midi punto, the table is only staffed by a single croupier and is generally smaller. In mini punto, the table is no larger than a standard blackjack table, and the cards are dealt by a croupier directly from a standard shoe. Table minimums/maximums are smaller.
Super 6/Punto 2000
A variation of punto banco exists where even money is paid on winning banker bets (rather than 95%), except when the banker wins with 6, which pay only 50% of the bet. This game goes under various names including Super 6 and Punto 2000. The house edge on a banker bet under Super 6 is 1.46% compared with regular commission baccarat at 1.058%. This is equivalent to increasing the commission by 17.45% to 5.87%. The banker wins with a 6 about 5 times every eight-deck shoe. As well as its increased house edge, the Super 6 variation is used by casinos for its speed, since it partially does away with the time-consuming process of calculating and collecting commission on winning banker bets except for winning with a 6.
A variation of punto banco originating in 2004 where even money is paid on winning banker bets, except when the banker wins with a total of 7 after the third card is drawn, which results in a push. The game has two additional options, the Dragon 7, a specific bet on the banker to total 7 points with three cards drawn, which pays 40-to-1 instead of pushing, and Panda 8, a bet on the player to total 8 points with three cards drawn, which pays 25-to-1.
How Baccarat Is Played
There are a couple of versions of baccarat available, but the most popular is Punto Banco. It’s so common, in fact, that it’s usually just referred to as «baccarat.» Due to its overwhelming popularity at online casinos, this version is the focus of our article.
The game is commonly played with eight decks of cards, although this varies by location. The scoring system for each card is unique to baccarat and includes the following:
- Face Cards = 0 points
- 10 Cards = 0 points
- 2 — 9 cards = face value
- Ace = 1 point
Each round begins with players being able to make one of the following wagers: player, banker, or tie. Once all bets have been made, the dealer and the player receive two cards apiece, with each trying to achieve a higher score than the other.
In order to determine the score of a player’s hand, add their two cards together. Next, look at the right digit of the total to determine the hand value. For example, two cards that add up to 13 would be worth 3 points (since 3 is the digit furthest to the right). Scores will always range from 0 to 9 points.
After the player and dealer (also known as the «bank») have each received two cards, their current totals are tallied. If either participant has a total of 8 or 9, then they both stand and a winner is immediately determined.
If the player’s total is 5 or less, then they must receive another card. If the player stands, the bank must hit if their total is 5 or less.
Things get a bit more complicated when the player hits. At this point, a chart must be consulted to see whether the bank stands or hit. Luckily, gaming software controls the bank during online real-money baccarat sessions, so it’s taken care of automatically.
The final scores of the player and dealer are compared, with the higher total being declared the winner. Using Bovada as an example, here are the payouts you can expect:
- Tie Bets — This bet pays 8 to 1 (banker and player bets push in the case of a tie).
- Players Bets — A successful bet on the player pays 1 to 1.
- Banker Bets — These bets pay 19 to 20, which amounts to even money minus a 5% commission. Since this wager carries the lowest house edge, casinos have installed the commission to make sure they get their piece of the action.
An alternative, yet simple explanation of how to play baccarat is at .
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All Microgaming Baccarat Games — detailed info
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High Limit Baccarat
- Software: Microgaming
- Rules: 8 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less, Shuffled after each round
- Interface: Cards Face Down, Mini Table,
High Limit Baccarat by Microgaming
- Software: Microgaming
- Rules: 1 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less, Shuffled after each round
- Interface: Cards Face Up, Mini Table,
Baccarat by Microgaming
- Software: Microgaming
- Rules: 8 Deck, 5% Comission, 8 to 1 Tie bet, Player hits on 5 or less
- Interface: Big Table, Cards Face Down, Peek,
High limit baccarat
As the name suggests, Microgaming High Limit Baccarat has higher bet limits compared to basic variant and played with 8 decks of 52 cards on Mini Baccarat Table.
Hands are dealt face down on Mini table, the player has options to Peek before dealing additional cards, to display the history of previous rounds, to adjust the speed of the game, while the main feature that distinguish it from the basic version of the game is Autoplay mode.
The game also have Watch game option, where player can join the game without placing bets and watch the history of played rounds to grow. The last feature can be of use to those who like to check their system.
More details about 8 Deck High Limit Baccarat, how it’s compared to other games.
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The following strategies can help you have a more enjoyable time at the table when playing baccarat for real money, but no amount of advice is going to overcome the inevitable house edge. With that sobering thought in mind, peruse the following tips, never gamble what you can’t afford to lose, and have fun.
- Bet on the Banker — As I discussed in the section on the baccarat house edge, wagering on the banker to win always gives the casino the lowest advantage possible.
- Forget about Trends — Some players obsessively keep track of the results for each hand, and land-based casinos often provide cards and pencils for just this purpose. The same thing can be accomplished online, although it’s a pointless exercise. Looking for trends in baccarat is a flawed strategy, which should be obvious when you consider that the casino actually encourages it. Your best option is to bet on the banker every hand and hope for the best.
- Learn the Rules — Even though experienced players are working at a statistical disadvantage, rookies can make things even worse by sitting down at a table without the slightest clue of what’s going on. This is especially true at brick-and-mortar casinos, where several versions of baccarat may be offered. Luckily, online players usually have fewer versions of the game to select from. And even if you do have to choose between Punto Banco and Chemin de Fer, an online tutorial is only a click away.
- Manage Your Bankroll — This tip should come in handy with any casino game, as it’s all about stretching your bankroll in order to maximize the gaming experience. When you play baccarat online, determine the length of time you wish to play. Next, take your bankroll and calculate the wager size that allows you to meet this goal. Even if you lose every «coup» (round of play), you’ll still be able to enjoy a lengthy session.
- Savor the Experience — There’s a definite elegance to baccarat, especially when you’re playing at a land-based casino surrounded by people in formal attire. While you don’t need to wear a dress jacket at home, you can still recreate the experience at your computer by lighting a few candles, cranking up some classical music, and imagining that you’re James Bond or some other sophisticated baccarat enthusiast. This might sound silly, but remember that baccarat is based entirely on luck. Since you have no control over the outcome of the cards, the best you can do is wring every ounce of enjoyment from the experience.
Baccarat en banque
This variation of Baccarat you can find in some European casinos. The goal of the game is the same — to get as close to 9 as possible, but the difference is that only the house plays the role of banker (the bank is operated by a casino employee).
In other versions of the game (Classic or Chemin de Fer) the player with the most money is usually declared the banker or the deal rotates among the players by passing the shoe counterclockwise around the table, and each «Player» alternate being the «Banker».
Since the Casino is a Banker, the bets can be much larger than when another player is acting as the bank. Also, the game can be played with as few as one player (in Chemin de Fer there must be two players at least to players to start the game).
- Three hands are dealt: One bank hand and two player hands.
- The players are allowed to bet on one or both of the player hands, but never on the dealer’s hand.
- There are no particular drawing rules, it’s completely optional. Sometimes, the dealer will follow the American baccarat rules, other times he will alter them to enhance his winning chances.