When someone is looking to get into gambling, the first thing on their mind is to play something that is simple, yet interesting, as well as something that can give them the opportunity to make some cash in the overall process. Well, baccarat has all of the above. This gambling game is mostly popular in Asia and is considered one of the most highly respected casino games in the world. It is well known card game that has been introduced to casinos worldwide as well as online gaming sites. It even has its role as a game that is played in a James Bond movie! That pretty much tells you how popular the game has become over the years!
The history of baccarat goes back to the 15th century, when it was thought up of. It’s roots trace back to Italy where the name originated. ‘Baccara’, which in Italian means zero, was the original name of the game. The reason why it has been named after the number zero is because it is the value of the face cards. It evolved from Italy and France, eventually becoming one of the most prestigious games among high rollers. There are many variations of the game but the most frequently played version is the Punto Banco, or the Player Banker version. This version is considered to be the easiest to learn.
Although it may seem confusing at first, online baccarat is fairly easy to learn. The thing that confuses people the most is the card values. They are different from a lot of other card games and if you are a poker player for instance, they may confuse you easily. Although they seem odd at first, they definitely aren’t hard to understand. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes a routine thing.
In order to play the game and understand it better, you have to know the card values, so here is a brief explanation on how everything works in baccarat. The ace is considered one ‘point’. All cards between 2 and 9 are worth what their face value is, 2 is worth 2, 3 is worth 3, 4 is worth 4 etc… All face cards are worth zero, meaning that 10, J, Q, and K are worth zero points. You calculate your hand by adding up your cards and comparing them to the banker’s. Now, here is the tricky part which usually confuses people. When you have two or more cards that add up to a two digit number, the first number is erased and the value of the hand is calculated by the second number. For example, if you get a 5 and a 7, your total is 12, and since the first digit is erased, your hand value is 2. But, if those two numbers don’t add up to a two digit number, you just add them up. For instance, if you get a 2 and a 7, your hand value amounts to 9, but if you get a 4 and a 6 for example, it adds up to 10, meaning that your hand value is zero.
Here are some variations of hands so you can understand it easily:
An ace and an 8 amounts to 9.
A King and a Queen amounts to 0 because both are face cards and all face cards have a value of zero.
A Jack and a 6 amounts to 6.
A pair of eights amounts to 6 because you get 16 when you add them up and 6 when you remove the first digit.
So, now that you have a better understanding of the card values, you can play the game with ease. The goal of baccarat is to get as close to 9 as possible with the cards you are dealt with. A hand with the value of 9 is called a “natural”.
Now, the Punto Banco version of the game is played with four, six, or eight decks which are shuffled together. The game can be played with up to 12 or 14 players, and even one player can play against the dealer or the banker if there are no other players involved. You can place three types of bets. The Punto bet or the player bet, which means that you are betting on your hand, the Banco bet or the banker bet meaning that you are betting that the dealer or the banker is going to win, or a tie which means that you are betting on a standoff. The tie is usually not a recommended bet as the favor is greatly on the dealer’s side.
Before the cards are dealt, you can either place a bet on the player, the bank, or the tie. A bet on the player or banker pays off 1:1, but if you win a banker bet, the casino takes a percentage from your winning which usually comes at around 5%. The winning of a tie bet comes out at around 9:1 or 8:1 depending on the casino’s rules.
After all bets have been placed, the dealer deals two cards to each player, as well as himself. There are situations in which a third card has to be dealt and they have specific rules. After the player has drawn his or her third card, the rules become slightly different. Here are the standard third card rules:
If the player has a value which is a total of any number less than 6, or 0 to 5, the player draws another card. Depending on the players hand, the dealer draws a third card. Here are the rules:
If the dealer has a total which is 2 or less than 2 he or she draws another card.
If the dealer has a total of 3 he or she draws another card, unless the third card that the player has drawn is an 8.
If the dealer has a total of 4 he or she draws another card unless the third card that the player has drawn is between 2 and 7.
If the dealer has a total of 5 he or she draws another card unless the third card that the player has drawn is between 4 and 7.
If the dealer has a total of 6 he or she draws another card unless the third card that the player has drawn is between 6 and 7.
If the dealer has a total of 7, he or she stands. This is always the case.
After this, the cards are all totaled and the winner is determined by the hand that is closest to 9.
It is highly recommended that new players start out by playing the game on free online sites just so they could get the hang of it. The online versions are the same as the casino game and you can also play them with real money. There are versions with a live dealer that you can play if you are up for a different experience!
So, as you can see, there aren’t a lot of rules that are confusing in the game. The main thing is to learn about the process of playing and get used to it. Once you get that in check, there will be nothing confusing about it anymore! As you can see, the game is incredibly fun, and it comes as no surprise that people consider it as one of the most prestigious card games in casinos worldwide.
In order to simplify the rules, here is a brief explanation of the game to summarize the rules.
In online baccarat, the player can place three bets before the game begins. He can either bet on himself, the dealer, or on a tie. After bets have been placed, the dealer deals two cards to all players including himself. After the cards have been dealt, the value of the cards of each player is looked at in order to determine the winner. The winner is the one that is closest to a value of 9. All face cards including 10 have the value of zero, and cards from ace to 9 have the value their face value. The hand value is calculated by adding up the values of the individual cards. When a score of a hand becomes a two digit number, the first digit is dropped and the second one is valued. If there is a tie, a third card is dealt according to third card rules. The winning amount comes to 1:1 when betting on a dealer or player, and 8:1 or 9:1 when betting on a tie. If a player bets on the house and wins, the house takes a percentage of the winnings for itself.
The game of baccarat has a rich history and is definitely a game worth playing and exploring! It’s easy, fun and can make you some serious money if you’re good at it!