Baccarat (Bah cah rah)
The game of Baccarat has been romaticised by the Casinos as a high roller game played behind felt ropes and closely monitered by well dressed men and women and attended by security guards. For all the glamour and mystique it is still a rather simple game.
Baccara is particularly popular in European Casinos, probably because the perception that it is a high roller game, make no mistake the stakes can be very high. The word baccarat comes from the Italian baccara, which means zero. Walking by a baccarat table gives one the impression of elegance and a lot of money, mere mortals watch from a distance as the dealers and shills ply their trade.
The Table has fifteen player spots and in front of each player there are three betting areas, marked as, "Bank" "Player" and "Tied." The players may bet any one of the three options, you may, of course bet all three areas but this is not a good idea as you will see later on. Cards are delt from a "shoe" similar to the shoe used in Black Jack.
The object of Baccarat is not terribly complicated. Simply stated there is a "Bank" and a "Player" You bet on one or the other. When you place your bet, for example, on the "Bank" you are betting that the "Bank" will win the hand.
Neither player nor bank have an option in the card they draw. It is all predetermined by the rules of the game and the way the cards are counted.
Face cards and tens or any combination of cards totaling ten count as nothing, the ace is counted as one, the deuce as two and so on. The "player" may place his/her bet with the bank or with the players.
Both player and bank play a community hand, that is, one hand applies to all, players betting on one or the other. The "Bank" hand applies to all bettors betting on the "Bank" hand and the "Player" hand applies to all players betting on the player hand. Unlike Blackjack there are only two hands, Bank and Player. In Black Jack each plaer plays his/here own hand against the dealers hand. To recap a player may bet on the "Bank" hand, the "Player" hand or on a "TIE" hand.
Player Rules The player will draw a card if his hand totals 1,2,3,4,5,0 with two cards. The player stands on a total of 6 or 7. The player stands on 8 or 9 which is considered a natural.
Banker Rules When the "Player" stands on 6 or 7, the "Banker" will always take a card when his hand totals 0,1,2,3,4 and 5, and stand on 6,7,8 and 9.
When the "Player"does not have a natural, the "Banker" shall always draw a card on totals of 0,1 or 2, and he must observe the following rules.
When the Player hand wins the shoe is passed to the next player.
Mini Baccarat Mini Baccarat is played the same way but is a faster paced game, only the dealer draws cards from the shoe and it is played on a smaller table. Other than these exceptions the games are much alike. Good Luck
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