How to Play Baccarat
Are you aware that there are different ways baccarat is played? Did you know that in Europe baccarat is played with a banker other than the casino? Interesting, right? This article guides those new players in being acquainted with some of the basics of baccarat. If, however, you are just curious about the game then this article is also for you.
Baccarat, pronounced as bah-ca-rah, came from Italy during the middle Ages. The precise ancestry and development of the game is still a topic of controversy. It has been said that baccarat came about because of some spiritual practice during that time. Some say baccarat was invented by a guy named Felix Falguierein around the 1480s. Whatever the case may be, baccarat became one of those games only the elite was allowed to play. As you know this feature of baccarat has come to change through the years.
So, how exactly is baccarat played?
The banker first deals baccarat from a “shoe” that contains 6 to 8 decks of cards. A “shoe” is where the decks of cards are placed for keeping during games and for dealing. The banker then gives two cards to the players and to himself. Wagers maybe made on the banker’s “hand” or set of cards, the other player’s hand, or to a tie. A “tie” happens if the players have the same total value of cards.
The objective of baccarat is to get as close as possible to the number nine. Queens, kings and jacks have a value of 10, aces have 1 and the rest are taken at face value. The player gets the total value by adding the values of the two cards together. If a two-digit sum results, only the value of the last digit is taken into play. The player with the highest value is declared the winner.
If the player gets a total value of 6 or more with the first two cards then he must stand, which means not get any more cards. If, however, he gets a hand with a total value of 5 or less then the player must get another additional card.
If the bank has an initial total of 7 or more then he must stand. If he gets a total from 0 to 2 then he must draw one card. If in the event that the bank’s total value fall in between 3 to 6 the draw will depend on whether the other player will draw.
Playing baccarat seems to be pretty simple. Well, it is. Just always remember that in playing a game of chance like baccarat, it is possible to win and to lose. One just needs to accept this fact and try to enjoy baccarat.