What is Baccarat, and how is it played?

As one of the most popular games in casinos, Baccarat has the lowest house edges. As a result, many consider it a complicated game; however, it is the exact opposite. We will be debunking that myth for you in this article to help you understand how the game is played. As a result, you will find it easier than the likes of Blackjack, etc., and wonder why you considered it so complex.

Let’s walk you through the history and the process of playing Baccarat.

History of the game

Baccarat has quite a history going way back to the 1400s. It was invented by an Italian named Felix Falguiere. Felix named the game Baccara, an Italian word that means zero. It is named so because all the tens and the face cards in Baccarat are worth zero. Later on, the game was named Baccarat which is the French version of the word.

Playing the game

Baccarat is all about betting on the one you think will win or will have the best hand. You can bet on the player or the banker, and if the one you bet on has the best hand, you will win. You can even bet on a tie between the banker and the player. When you sit down to play, the dealer hands out cards from the decks, which are assigned point values.

Once you have made a bet, the deal or the croupier will deal two cards each to the banker and the player, dealing first to the player. Then, depending on the value of your card, the dealer will assign a point value and decide if you will be dealt a third card or not. Once the player and the banker have been dealt with, the scores are compared, and the winner is decided.

Who wins?

If you bet on the player and the player wins, you get double the bet amount, i.e., you get a dollar for every dollar you bet. If the banker’s hand wins, the player gets a 95% payout ratio. It means that if you bet $100 on the banker’s hand and it wins, you will get a total of $195. If you bet on a tie and it does happen, the payout is 8:1 or 9:1, respectively, depending on the casino. Alternatively, if you bet on the wrong hand, you lose.

Variations of Baccarat

Baccarat has many variations available, which you can play both in the online 피나클 format and the land-based casinos. Some of the popular variants of Baccarat are Punto Banco, Chemin De Fer, Baccarat Banque, Speed Baccarat, Live Dragon Tiger, and Mini-Baccarat, etc. Some of the variations are based on the number of decks, while some versions like the Mini baccarat are played with only a few table maximums and minimums.

Tips for playing

There is no particular strategy for winning Baccarat. It largely has to do with your luck, and the best you can do is to observe the pattern of the winning bets and place your bet accordingly.

  • When you play, place a bet considering your budget and spending limit. While luck is greatly involved, do not go overboard with your betting stakes.
  • Choose to play with six decks instead of eight as the commission required is comparatively smaller.
  • The banker’s hand has the lowest house edge (1.06%) so betting on it gives you a good chance of winning.
  • If you are on a winning spree, quit while still at it and have earned a good enough amount. Unfortunately, the winning spree may change into a loss in a matter of seconds, causing you to lose all the earned money.