Baccarat is one of the easiest games in all of gambling to learn
and requires little practice or skill for participants to be
successful at winning. Players simply wager on which of two
hands of cards adds up to or comes closest to 9.
8 standard 52-card decks Shoe - Container where playing cards
are drawn from. Baccarat table.
Players and Personnel
Dealer - Monitors all betting and handles all payoffs.
One to Fifteen players.
of the Game
Players simply wager on which of two hands of cards (The
"Player" or the "Banker" hand) adds up to or
comes closest to 9.
Rules of Play
The "Player" hand and the "Banker" hand are
drawn from 8 standard 52-card decks that have been shuffled
together and placed in the "Shoe." Cards one and three
go to the "Player" hand while cards two and four make
up the "Banker" hand. Each hand starts with a minimum
of two cards and can never have more than three cards.
Traditionally, one of the participants at the table deals the
cards. Dealing, however, is optional and a player may choose to
pass the cards along to another. The winning hand is the hand
that adds up to or comes closest to a total of 9 points.
Participants win even money (i.e double there original bet) when
the "Player" hand wins. Those who bet the
"Bank" win even money, as well. However, there is a 5%
commission charged on winning "Banker" bets. The
"Bank" has a slight advantage in the way that the
cards are drawn, therefore, this commission is charged. Players
can also bet on a "Tie" game that generally pays out
Rules for the "Player" and "Banker" hands
During play, there are a number of strict rules that apply to
the cards total point values drawn for both the
"Player" and "Banker" hands.
"Player" hand total point value is:
"Player" hand must:
|6 or 7
|8 or 9
hand value is:
draws a card when the "Player's" third card is
not draw when "Players" third card is:
with two cards
with two cards
Cards numbered 1 through 9 count at face value.
10s and face cards count as zero points.
Aces count as one point.
If the cards in either the "Player" hand or the
"Banker" hand add up to a two-digit number, only the
last digit counts. Ex. A hand holding a 7 and a 9 adds up to 16.
This hands value is 6.