How to Play Baccarat: A Quick Guide
Here's a quick guide regarding how to play baccarat. We'll introduce you to the basic baccarat rules. We'll also give you a step by step approach to how to play a neat game of baccarat.
When we step inside a casino one of the curious things we'll notice is that baccarat tables are not located on the general casino floor. The reason for this seclusion of baccarat tables is that those who play baccarat is usually people with high bankrolls (a.k.a. the upper class).
To qualify, a player must start with bringing a large bankroll. The next thing we'll need to worry about playing baccarat is getting dressed. Most people who play baccarat are upper class.
If we have a problem with both, there's another alternative -- play baccarat online. There's no problem about dress codes, and there are a lot of different baccarat games online that don't really require a lot of money to spend. Some sites even let people play baccarat for free while others give loyalty bonuses.
Now that we can set that aside let's move on to the rules and how to play baccarat. The rules are pretty straightforward and really simple. If you know how to play blackjack then it'll be almost the same thing. Let's first take a look at the rules so we can learn how to play baccarat.
We'll begin with the card values. All Jacks, Queens, and Kings and the 10s are valued at 0 in baccarat. An Ace would have a value of one. The cards from two to nine will retain their face values. Pretty simple card valuation, and the rest is just as simple.
The goal in baccarat is to come as close to nine as possible. Pretty much like blackjack where the goal is to get a 21. The only difference is that you don't bust in baccarat, when you go over you drop the tens of the hand you're playing. We'll discuss this further during game play.
Let's move on to game play to get an understanding of how to play baccarat.
A game of baccarat usually begins with players placing their bets. There are three types of bets a player can make in baccarat. You may bet on the player (pays even money if it wins), the banker (tends to win more often but a certain percentage is paid for every win), or on a tie (paid eight to one, but its different from casino to casino). After the bets are made, players will then be dealt two cards and then the actual baccarat game commences.
A natural (a hand that totals to nine) automatically wins. If a player gets a five and an eight, the ten is dropped and the value of the card is three (unlike blackjack where you lose if you bust).
After the two initial cards have been dealt, players can draw additional cards to get as close to nine as they can.
After all moves have been played the winners will be determined and winnings are awarded and so on with the usual jazz. That's pretty much all there is to baccarat basics. Just remember to suit up and enjoy a game of baccarat.