The Basics of Baccarat


Baccarat is one of the world’s most beloved casino table games, particularly among Asian high rollers. Additionally, its intuitive gameplay makes it ideal for novice players looking to experience James Bond-like gambling without all of its complicated rules and regulations.

Goal of the game: Get as close to nine with any given hand (Player or Banker), using cards drawn from a standard 52-card deck and dealt one at a time as quickly as possible. Value of cards determined by rank and pips content (2-9 pip cards carry specific values, while Ace and face cards count as zero).

Before cards are distributed, each player places bets. Bets may be placed on either the Player hand, Banker hand or Tie. Both hands receive two cards from which to choose. The one closest to 9 wins. Otherwise, both hands’ bets will be returned back to players.

If the player calls “carte” or “non”, it is time for the banker to review his or her two cards and decide, using available information, whether to draw another. They do however incur a 5% commission charge on winning Banker bets that reduces payout odds to 19 to 1.

Bill Zender, former Nevada Gaming Control agent and casino dealer who wrote the book on managing casino games, credits baccarat as one of their favourite table games due to its higher payout than similar table games with similar house edges. Furthermore, Zender notes that high rollers often prefer it due to cultural preferences.

Baccarat can be an exciting game, but it is essential to remember that you are gambling for real money and should set a spending limit before commencing play. Doing this will keep your emotions at bay while still enjoying the experience without worrying about losing everything on this Vegas trip – plus, more cash will remain for future adventures!