Baccarat

In the modern era most people have visited a land based casino of one kind or another. There are also many people who regularly visit online casinos too. In both examples, however, most of these people may have remained unaware of the special Baccarat areas of the casinos.

Historically, the game has such high stakes that it is located in a quieter and far more private area. This doesn’t mean that the tables offering this game stand empty. In fact, a single table might see up to 14 players standing around at one time.Baccarat

The game of Baccarat is deceptively (one might even say hazardously) simple. It asks the players to place a wager on the outcome of a single deal to a “player” and a “banker”. The players must choose which of the two players they think will get the best hand, and then make their wager based on that guess. This means that it is entirely a game of chance and offers almost no option for strategy.

The game uses standard playing cards and assigns very clear values to each of them. The 2-9 cards hold their face value, the cards normally holding a value of ten (including 10 and the face cards) have a zero value, and the Aces have a value of one.

Each Baccarat position will have from two to three cards, and these are valued using a modulo 10 system. This means that the value of the cards is added up and any ten values are eliminated. Thus the position that receives a 6 and 7, which total to 13, will have their hand reduced to a value of 3 because the ten value is erased.

The game also has some fairly strict rules about the ways in which the hands are developed. These rules are printed on the “tableau” that determines how the game progresses after the initial deal.

For instance, the tableau establishes that the player always receives their cards first and has the option to make a move first as well. If they have a value of 0 to 5 they must draw a third card. If they have a 6 or 7 they can stand.

If an 8 or 9 is received by one of the two recipients, the hands are assessed without anyone taking additional cards.

The Baccarat tableau is far more detailed where the banker is concerned, however, and the following rules apply:

• When the player has 2 or 3 the banker must draw if they hold a 0 to 4 and stand if they hold a 5 to 7
• When the player has 4 or 5, the banker must draw if they hold a 0 to 5 and stand if they hold a 6 to 7
• When the player has 6 or 7, the banker must draw if they hold a 0 to 6 and stand if they hold a 7
• When the player has 8, the banker must draw if they hold a 0 to 2 and stand if they hold a 3 to 7; and
• When the player has a face card, Ace, 9 or 10, the banker must draw if they hold a 0 to 3 and stand if they hold a 4 to 7.

The rules of the Baccarat table game may seem simple, but they are quite complicated and this only adds to the excitement of the game.