Learn Baccarat Rule Basics

It is very easy to learn baccarat rule although the game may seem more difficult than casino roulette or blackjack. Once you did learn baccarat rule basics and tried the game you will feel yourself quite confident at the baccarat table in the regular casino as well as while playing online. Before you risk the real money you may download the free version of the game available in most online casinos and practice a little.

According to the baccarat rules the player can choose one of three types of bets: on the player, on the banker or a tie. At the beginning each player and the banker are given two cards. In case your bet wins you are paid off even money of 1 to 1. It means that if you wager $10 and your bet is winning you receive $10 win plus to your original betting amount. Only in case you bet on tie the payouts are 8 to 1 meaning that on $10 bet the player can receive $80 win plus to your original bet.

The goal of the game is to place the bet on the side whose hand total is the closest to 9. According to the baccarat rules face cards and tens are valued as zero, the aces – as 1 and other cards (from 2 to 9) are valued as indicated. There is one interesting point, in case your initial hand total happens to be two digit number the first digit is always dropped. For example, your hand total is 13 but it is counted as only 3 as the first digit 1 is dropped.

In case your hand total is 9 or 8 it is called the “natural” and you win, except the situation when there is a tie between two naturals. In case one of the players has the natural the game ends and that player is paid off. If none of the hand totals is the natural every player is dealt one more card to complete the hand and thus the winner is determined. If the banker hand wins he or she is to pay 5% commission of the winnings to the casino. Remember, that each player in the game can be the banker. This rule may give you a hint what bet in baccarat is more advantageous.

In any case there is a great advantage to bet on banker as the players winning chances are increased by 0.18%. For some players it may seem not much but in gambling world this advantage is really not very small and the player has even higher odds than the roulette odds. So, you see that it is not difficult to learn baccarat rule and you already got the general idea of the game.