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Baccarat, aka "big money game", as the Americans would say. The game in which you can win millions in a short while. In the past, it was a social matter of the jet set gentlemen rather than a game for money. However, it still keeps its prestige until today. Let's have a look together at how Baccarat is played.

 

 

Game for the rich

Baccarat is a card game which has always (since 15th century) been popular among the high-ranked and the wealthy, who have no problem with wagering thousands of dollars on one game. Not only high winnings, but also the low margin of the casino (1,4%), that is, high rate of return of the bets, are a great attraction for many.

 

Baccarat in three versions

As mentioned above, there are 3 game types:

  • Punto Banco (also known as Nevada Baccarat) - popular mainly in North America
  • Baccarat Chemin de Fer
  • Baccarat Banque (also known as Baccarat on two tables)

The basic rules are the same for every type. They differ only by what comes next after the two cards are handed - when the player or the banker can / has to draw a third card, or they can / have to stay in place. 

In Punto Banco, there are unchanged rules clearly given which strictly determine the game advancement under given conditions.

Baccarat Chemin de Fer and Banque are more lenient and in certain situations, it's possible to choose if you want another card or not. In these two game types, you can partly act tactically.

A high game of two rivals

There are three types of bets in Baccarat. You can wager on the win of a player / banker or on a tie between them. The minimal bet amounts usually begin on 25 dollars, but it's no problem to wager even 10 000 dollars. 

You already know the rules, so if you have enough courage (and money), feel free to join the game.

 

Basic rules of Baccarat

The rules are simple. There are always two people playing against each other - the banker and the holder. There are two cards handed to them both. Next steps depend on the particular type of the game. The basic aim is always the same, however - to get a total of cards which equals to, or gets the closest to the number 9.

Cards 2 - 9 have their nominal value, the ten, the jack, the queen and the king have the value of 0, the ace equals number 1. If the card total exceeds 10, then the decimal is omitted and the final total is determined by the unitary number only.

Examples: 

3 + 4 = 7

8 + 6 = 14 = 4

A + 9 = 10 = 0

A + 8 = 9

All totals have their names: 

  • 0 - 5 = Baccara
  • 8 a 9 = Natural (in France, they use “la petit” (small) for the total of 8, and “la grande” (big) for the total of 9

The strategy of the game Baccarat

Despite the fact that Baccarat is a game of chance, there are certain possibilities / strategies on how to increase your chance of winning. For example, the Martingale strategy - if you lose, you double your bet amount in the next game, and if you win, you begin from the basic bet amount again. The Fibonacci sequence strategy advises to bet in a way that every bet amount is a total of two previous ones. On the contrary, Flat bet strategy is based on consistent (unchanged) bets. And there are also other tricks of the experienced players to be discovered.