Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is one of the most famous casino games. This game, which originated in Italy in the 1400s, became popular in France and Europe during the 19th century. It also enjoyed a lot of popularity among French royalty during the reign of Louis XIV. Eventually, the game became illegal in 1837. However, it continued to be played by the general public, and by elite players.

The game is played with eight decks of cards. Each player has a betting area on the table. They can bet on the Bank or the Player. Players must wager a minimum of 10 units. Once a player’s bet is confirmed, the dealer deals two cards to the Bank and the Player.

A third card is drawn from the deck if the total of the first two cards is less than five. If the total is six or seven, the banker is not required to draw a card. However, if the total is eight or nine, the player is required to draw a card. After the third card is dealt, the croupier or dealer decides what to do.

The main goal of the game is to have the best hand out of the two hands dealt. For the Banker, this means that the hand’s value must be greater than the value of the Player’s hand. In addition, the Banker’s hand can beat the Player’s hand, but only if the banker bets more than the Player’s bet.

All cards have a numerical value. Two through nine are worth the face value, while jack, queen, king, and ten are valued at zero. Aces are regarded as one. The first two cards with a total of eight or nine are referred to as a “natural,” meaning they are an automatic win.

A winning bet on the Player is paid at a rate of ‘1 to 1’. In the event of a tie, a bet on the Bank is paid at ‘8 to 1’. These types of bets are very common in casinos.

In the event of a tie, the Banker can choose to call ‘carte’ or ‘non,’ depending on whether or not he or she is the active player. Normally, the Banker will choose to call ‘carte’ if the total of the hand is eight or nine. Otherwise, the Banker will choose to ‘non.’ When the banker decides to ‘non’, he or she must pay a 5% commission on the bet.

Regardless of the type of baccarat you play, the basic strategy is to follow the bet of the Banker. Since the House Edge is relatively low, this is the best betting strategy to follow.

Depending on the rules of the particular Baccarat you play, the house edge may be slightly lower on the banker side. In addition, a lower number of decks in play will reduce the House Edge of the Banker bet.

If you have experience playing the game, it is a good idea to develop a basic baccarat strategy. This will help you to understand how a round plays out and which moves are likely to occur.