For many gamblers Baccarat can seem like a complicated and mysterious game that is quite strange. The reason for this is that the game just seems like a staple in many large casinos, both online and offline and the game is relatively unknown to many players. It’s a pretty standard card game that originated from the European game “Chemin de Fer, which is determined by the strict rules of the dealer and the player. What makes this game so easy, is that players do not actually have to master the rules for the game in order to play. In fact, the only decision a player needs to take is what to bet and how much he or she wants to bet.

Difference with blackjack

The game is very different from Blackjack in that players must make a decision before all the cards are dealt. The player must then decide to bet on his own cards, the dealer’s cards or on a draw. After this is done, the only thing the player has to do is, sit back and watch all the action going on.

Goal of the game

Baccarat is played with one goal: having two or three cards that make up the value of 9 must have, or at least as close to the amount of 9. If a player receives two cards with a total value of 9, then the hand is considered as a “natural” hand and is regarded as unbeatable. Even if the bank gets a 9. The second strongest hand in Baccarat is a hand with two cards, which together have a value of 8. This is also considered as a natural hand. If a draw occurs, neither the player or dealer wins.

The value of the cards

All face cards in Baccarat have a value of 0, so have the tens. Aces have a value of 1 and all other cards have their own value. If your hand reaches a total of 10, then the 10 excluded. For example if you have a hand with a 5 and a 9 (thus a total score of 14), then the value of your hand is counted as 4, thus not as 14. That is, all hands are scored from 0-9, with no exceptions.

In a casino Baccarat game six to eight packs of cards are used. The cards are all shaken and then placed in a covered box known as “shoe”. One of the formalities in Baccarat is that each player has an equal chance with regard to the shoe. Do not worry, if you are new to the game and not sure what to do, then the dealer will always help you. A player who is dealing with the shoes, plays together with the bank and not against the bank. If a player refuses to treat the shoe, he or she is of course free to do so.

The course of the game

A Baccarat game starts with two cards being dealt to each player and two cards are dealt to the dealer. Depending on the initial value of the hand, the player and banker can choose to have an additional card for each hand in order to strengthen their hand. Only one additional cards can be dealt, in contradiction to Blackjack, where players may draw as many cards as they want until they fold or are busted. Baccarat’s winning hand is the hand that has a value of 9, or closest to the value of 9 in the nearby.

If the player initially gets a card with the value of 9, on the first two cards, this is considered as a natural hand, and the hand needs to remain. If neither of both receives a natural hand, then additional cards may be dealt. Only one card is dealt if the value of the hand turns out to be a 5 or lower. The hand should fold when the first two cards have a value of six or more. The banker uses rules that slightly differ from the normal rules. If the banker gets an initial hand of 0,1 or 2, then additional cards can be drawn. When his initial value has a value of 3 up to and including 6, then whether a new card needs to be drawn depends on whether other players have had their card or not. The value of the drawn card is of importance as well.