How to Play Baccarat Properly

Baccarat is not a hard to game to learn and to start you off you need to know the game rules first if you want to be proficient enough to make some money.

Baccarat Rules: Baccarat is a single play table game whereby you as the player can only make a single move during each hand that you have. This is unlike playing Black jack where you can make other moves even after the dealer has dealt the cards. In Baccarat you start by selecting a single bet from the available three: banker, player or tie and then the dealer deals the cards according to the game rules.

Objective of Baccarat: The main aim of playing Baccarat is to have a hand that is nearest possible to 9. So that begs the question of how are the cards numbers valued. In Baccarat, the King, the Queen, the Jack and the ten is valued at zero regardless of its type. As for the Aces, they are valued at 1 and the other cards bear their respective face value. If it is a 6 then the value is a 6, simple.

It is possible to have a hand value that is more than 10 so the rules have it that the 10 will be disregarded so that if you had a total of 15 then your hand value will be 15 less 10, which is 5. To stand a chance of winning you need a hand of either 8 or 9.

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How to Play Baccarat: At the start of the game, the dealer will deal 2 cards to a player and then deals 2 other cards to the banker regardless of the bettors who are seated on the table. Players present in the Baccarat table can then bet either on the banker or the player.

What follows is the comparing of hands by the players in the table. If the banker or the player has a hand total of 8 or 9 then the hand ends and this is followed with paying the players who had a winning bet. Supposing that the bets are an 8 versus a 9, the winner will be the bettor who placed a bet on the 9. And if neither a banker nor a player has a hand that comprising of an 8 or 9 then a third card, known as a tie or a standoff, will be dealt.

There are rules that pertain to how cards are drawn and normally the players hand is drawn first. If for example the player hand is a total 0 to 5 then an extra card must be picked by the player. Also if the player has a hand that amounts to a 6 or 7 then the player stands. The player’s hand is what will determine how the banker plays.

The banker will draw if his hand total is 3 and that of the player is less than 7. If the banker’s hand is amounting to 4 and that of the player is amounting to 0 or between 2 and 7, another card will then be drawn. Also another card can be drawn if the hand total of the banker is 5 and that of the player has hand total of 4, 5 or 6. Lastly another card is dealt if the dealer has 6 while the player’s hand amounts to 6 or 7.

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