Baccarat Rule

3 May

Baccarat Rule

Baccarat is a casino game unlike any other. It is simple to master, fun and easy to play, but still regarded as being one of the most sophisticated games at the casino

Introduction to Baccarat Game

Although not that many people know how to play, Baccarat is actually one of the easiest casino games to learn. To begin the game, both the player and the banker are dealt two cards face down. The next move depends on the cards in their hands. In Mini Baccarat, which is the only version most of us will ever see in play, you don’t even get the option of handling the cards. In the “whale” games of European Baccarat they get to mangle the cards whenever they like just for personal entertainment.

How to Play Baccarat

Play begins by all players betting either on the Player, Banker, or Tie. Bet on the Player, gives a house edge of 1.24%. Bet on the Banker’s hand gives the edge of either 0.6% if there’s a 4% house cut or 1.06% is the cut is 5%. Finally, the Tie bet gives the house almost a 5% edge (Pay 8:1) and at worst 14+% (Pay 9:1). So, for obvious reasons the Tie bet is not advantageous for players, unless some specific rules exist in a specific casino.

After all bets are down the baccarat dealer gives two cards each to the player and the banker. The objective of Baccarat is to draw a two- or three-card hand that totals closest to 9.

Cards values:

-10, Jack, King, Queen count as 0;
-Ace is 1;
-All other cards have their face value.

The score of the hand is the right digit of the total of the cards. So, if the total is more than 10, just drop the ten. Therefore, there’s no such thing as a “bust” hand. For example, if the two cards were an 8 and 7, then the total would be 15, and the score would be a 5.


-If the bet on the Player wins, you are paid 2 for 1 winning on this bet;
-If the bet on the Banker wins, you are paid 2 for 1 minus 5% (or 4%) bank commission (vigorish);
-If both the Player’s hand and the Banker’s hand have equal totals, the game result is a ‘tie’ and the payoff is 9 for 1.
Third Card Rules

The following Baccarat rule chart governs when the player and/or the banker will draws a third card in the baccarat game:


Point Value of First Two Cards:
0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 Draws a card.
6 – 7
8 – 9 “Natural hand”, no further draw


0 – 1 – 2 Always draws a card.
3 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 9 8
4 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 0 – 1 – 8 – 9
5 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 8 – 9
7 Always stands.
8 – 9 Player cannot draw Player cannot draw

Notice: If either the player and /or the Banker has a total of 8 or 9, they both stand. This Rule overrides all other rules.

Baccarat Glossary

Banco – The Banker
Bankroll – Total amount of the player’s gambling money
Coup (French) – Round of play
Croupier (French) – Dealer
Down Card – A card dealt face down
Face Cards – Jack, Queen and King of any suit
Le Grande (French) – Natural 9
Natural – Getting an 8 or 9 with the first two cards
Punto (Italian) – Player
Shoe – The device from which cards are dealt
Standoff – Push/Tie
Upcard – A card dealt face up

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