Saturday, July 31

Live baccarat guide for beginners

Baccarat also known as punto banco in some countries is one of the oldest casino games and can make for a fun time gambling online or at the tables. While many may think it looks difficult, the card game is actually fairly easy to play. Baccarat can be found in casinos around the world, and it is the gambling game of choice for superspy character James Bond. The game is seen as elegant, and many high rollers enjoy the action, which sometimes scares off amateur gamblers.

However, it doesn’t have to be just for high rollers and VIPs: online and live casinos also offer lower-stakes versions of the game. Players who do step up to the baccarat or minibaccarat tables will be rewarded with a game that has only a small house edge and is simple to play. Here’s our casino guide to baccarat. A game of baccarat begins with those at the table making bets on the player, banker or a tie. The dealer then deals a hand for the player and the banker. The goal in the game is to get as close to 9 as possible. Any two-card hand adding to 9 is called a natural. A 10-9 would be a natural 9 because the 10 has no value and the 9 makes for a perfect score.

Also, no hand can go over a total of 9, and any total over that simply drops 10. For example, a player may be dealt a pair of 7’s for a total of 14. However, that hand drops 10 and is actually a value of 4. An 8-7 hand would have a value of 5 after dropping 10, and two 5’s would equal 0. After each hand is dealt, if either hand has a natural 9 then that hand is the winner and bets are collected and paid by the dealer. If neither hand has a 9, then the next best hand is an 8 (also called a natural) and that hand would be the winner.

If the two hands are the same with an 8 or 9, then the hand is a tie and neither hand wins. If the value of the two hands don’t total 8 or 9, a third card can be drawn. Whether to draw a third card is predetermined by the rules of the game and does not depend on a decision from the player. Here’s a look at those rules That may seem like a lot, but there should be a chart available at the table to help explain the rules to players. The dealer also knows the rules and should know which hands to hit. After a third card is added, the hand closest to 9 is the winner. If both hands are a tie, then neither hand wins and the tie bets are paid out.
Bets on the player are paid out at even money, and the house only has a 1.24 percent edge on this wager. Wagers on the banker also pay out at even money, but the player pays a 5 percent commission for that bet on any wins. So, if the player bet $10 and won, he or she would owe 50 cents to the house for that win. The commission is only paid on winning bets, and the dealer keeps track of these commissions in a slot in the dealer box. Those commissions must be paid when a player leaves the table.

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