How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is a popular card game in casinos all over the world and it’s also an ideal choice for casual home play. It requires little skill to play and is perfect for beginners or for those who prefer to relax and socialise with friends!

The game is played with a standard deck of cards and a dealer or banker will deal the cards. The goal is to get the player’s hand closest to nine or as close as possible. There are three outcomes to this game: the player wins, the dealer or banker wins, or it is a tie!

There are many variations of the game of Baccarat, including Chemin de Fer, Punto Banco and the classic version. The game originated in Italy and was later introduced to France. It has been the favorite game of the French aristocracy for centuries, and is now enjoyed worldwide.

It is usually played on a large table in high-roller rooms at casinos for table minimums of $25, $50 or $100. The game is slow-moving and ritualistic, and the dealer deals the cards to players.

When playing a Baccarat game in a casino, you should ensure that the tables are fully occupied before you start. Generally, at least six players should be seated and willing to play.

Once seated, the players should decide who will be the dealer or banker and they should choose a numbered spot to place their bets on. The dealer/ banker will then shuffle the cards and begin to deal them out in the order of the bets.

As the cards are dealt, each player takes a turn to play for their half of the table in a counter-clockwise rotation. If the player wins their coup, their turn to play will continue for the rest of the game, if they lose, their turn to play will pass to the next player in the opposite direction in a counter-clockwise rotation.

The player’s and the dealer’s hands are then exposed to each other, and the banker’s hand is compared with both of these to see which has the highest total. The banker then either stands or draws a third card, depending on which hand is closer to 9 and therefore wins.

If the banker’s hand is higher than the player’s, it must stand. Alternatively, if the player’s hand is lower than the banker’s, it must draw a third card.

A third card can be drawn when the banker’s total is 0 to 5, or equals 10. If the banker’s total is 6 or 7, it must stand, and if it is 7 or 8, it must draw a third card.

There are no ‘right’ answers in the game of baccarat, but there are some basic strategies you can use to try and win. The most common strategy for the Player is to make a bet on a total of 8 or 9. This is because the dealer’s hand will be higher than the player’s, but if the player’s total is closer to 9 then it will have a greater chance of winning.