How to Play Baccarat

How to Play Baccarat

Tips to Play Baccarat

The game of baccarat was introduced by Felix Falguiere, an Italian gambler in the 15th Century. Baccarat is a comparing card game between two hands, the player and the banker.

Baccarat starts with two hands, the player and the banker every round. You can choose to bet on either the player or the banker’s side you think will score the highest. There are only three outcomes in the baccarat game – banker win, player win, and tie. You receive 1 to 1 payoff if the player or the banker wins whereas the payoff for a tie is 8 to 1 but making a bet on tie considers a poor choice due to slim possibility of winning.

In the beginning, each hand receives two cards, and the hand with the closest to 9 points wins. Jacks, Queens, Kings and tens represent 0 points, whereas the remaining cards are worth their face value, such as ace equals one point. If a total exceeds 10, the second digit is the final value. For example, an 8 and 5 sums up 13 whereas the final point is 3 since the second digit is the final value.

There is one term in the game known as a natural win. The natural win happens when the first two cards yield a total of either 8 or 9. This is an automatic win with no additional cards distribute to either the banker or the player unless the opposing hand has the same natural, then this is a tie. If both hands have naturals but different points, the higher natural wins the game.

There are several occasions where the third card ought to distribute to the player or the banker. From the player perspective, if the total of the first two cards is 6 or 7 points, the player stands whereas if the total ranging from 0 to 5 points, the player draws a third card. If the player has 0 to 5 points and the banker has 8 or 9 points, there is no need to draw the third card to the player because it is a natural win for the banker.

The game always starts with the player`s hand and the banker`s hand will be dealt with after the player. Similar to the player, the banker also has the chance to draw the third card but it depends upon the player’s third card value. The banker stands if the total points are 7,8 or 9. And the third card can be drawn without relying on the player when the points are 0,1 or 2. Other than these points, the banker third card is depending on the player’s third card. Rules of drawing can be summarized in the table below.



Hand First two cards total points The player’s third card points Action
Banker 0 to 2 Not applicable Banker draws the third card
Banker 3 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-10 Banker draws the third card
Banker 4 2-3-4-5-6-7 Banker draws the third card
Banker 5 4-5-6-7 Banker draws the third card
Banker 6 6-7 Banker draws the third card
Banker 7 Not applicable Stand
Banker 8 to 9 Natural win


The criteria above must be met to draw the third card. For example, if the first two cards from the banker yield 5 points whereas the player’s third card point is 3, the banker is not allowed to draw the third card.

You only bet on a tie if you predict the total points between the banker and the player are the same next hands. According to statistical data, a tie occurs once every 11 hands, and the house edge is approximately 15%, which is too risky and less favorable to the player. But high risk always accompanies by high return, and ties pay an attractive 8:1 for every successful prediction. Not only high return by placing on tie, some people also prefer a tie because the numeric eight is related to money and prosperity in some cultures.

There is no strategy since this is a gambling card game bases on pure luck; hence money management is crucial, and there are few recommended practices worth sharing with you all. First of all, do not go all in because we simply don’t put all eggs in one basket as you could lose all your money quickly in the blink of an eye.

Second, set your cut loss limit and adhere to it. What can be worse than having bad luck when gambling? We always pray hard not to have any bad luck but sometimes things do not go the way we desire. It is inevitable to prevent any bad luck but we can set a cut loss limit.

Set your profit limit and don’t be too greedy. Congrats, if you are winning money from gambling and you might think of leveraging on the winning streak to continue gamble a few more rounds. But before you do so, this might be a trap in disguise. Many people are having winning streak in the beginning and losing streak in the end where they lose both capital and winning due to the lack of self-control. Hence, set your profit limit and walk away without any hesitation if you have earned the profit you wanted.

If you have made some profit but still reluctant to walk away, try this technique instead. If your capital is $100 and you make an additional $100 winning, keep your capital, $100 in your pocket, and only use your profit to continue gamble and set a loss limit. This technique aims to preserve your capital and use your winning to gamble instead. If you make more money using your profit, well done and congratulations. If you end up making a loss, don’t be frustrated because you still retain your $100 capital.

In summation, baccarat might not be the most popular game in a casino but it is one of the easiest and the funniest games. This article should have given you a better understanding so you can start to bet.


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