Baccarat isn’t your typical casino game. Although a card game in its core, it utilizes a special pallet to deliver the cards to players. Well, at least it was played like that in the past. Modern online variants of baccarat do without it.
The game uses 6-8 decks of cards all shuffled together. Punto Banco is the preferred variant these days present in each real casino or otherwise. For each round, the dealer deals two face-up cards while burning card #1.
The number of cards he’ll burn further is determined by the numerical value (aces=1, face cards=10). In this variant, the casino is responsible for playing both hands and banking the game.
There are 3 possible outcomes in baccarat – the player wins, banker wins or the game ends in a tie bet. This means that you can bet on the banker, the player, or put your money on a tie. As soon as both players look at their cards, the score is compared. If either of the cards the banker dealt have a value of 8 or 9, the hands are compared.
The one who has the upper count wins while the other loses. If no one has the count, the player can accept or refuse a third card dealt face up. In case of a tie, nothing happens – the wagers are kept for the next round.
Similar to blackjack, whoever has the highest hand total wins the round. Go over it and you’ll bust, go under and you may lose. What makes the game so exciting is that you can bet on both players – that’s either punto or banco.
Additionally, the game has a pretty low house edge around 1% - the odds are still in favor of the casino, but with the right baccarat strategy and a cool head, you can certainly win a nice amount.