Baccarat, at first glance, can be quite complicated and mysterious. Many gamblers view it as a casino game that is a bit hard to understand save for those that have spent considerable time understanding, learning and playing the game. Still, despite such an impression, it is actually a staple in many of the American casinos operating online and land-based.
Behind the game, baccarat —which originated in Europe, is just a basic card game. The game involves strict playing rules that the player and the banker is expected to adhere to.
However, despite how complicated things look at the surface, the game is actually very simple. After all, what you just need to do is decide which of the player or the banker is going to win and who between the two you would bet for or if you’d rather bet that they tie.
People can be forgiven to think that the game’s quite much like blackjack but they could not be farther from the truth.
For instance, the game is different from baccarat because players will need to place their bets ever before the hands are dealt. The player also has to decide whether he would prefer to bet on his hand, that of the banker or if he would rather go for a tie. Only after the bets have been placed will the real game action unfold.
The objective of the game is for you to have a hand with a value that is closest to 9. A player with two cards that totals 9 will be considered to have a natural hand and will be regarded as unbeatable. This is true even when the banker has a 9 as well.
The second best hand that a player can get in baccarat is two cards with a total of 8, another natural. If and when a tie occurs, none of the player or the banker will win.
In baccarat, face cards will assume a 0 value. The 10 cards will be valued at 0 as well. Aces will take on a value of 1 and the rest of the number cards will be valued based on what their respective numbers are. In baccarat, having two hands that go beyond 9 will require you to drop the first digit.
For instance, if you were dealt a 5 and an 8, the total will be 13. Since the first digit is dropped, you will then have a total value of 3. In baccarat, all hands will be scored from 0 to nine and the game doesn’t have any bust.
A baccarat game will start with both the player and banker getting two cards each. Depending on how much is the value of the initial hand, both the banker and the player can choose to get one more card.
The game restricts the additional card to only one, which is another difference to blackjack where players are allowed to hit as many times as they wish to. In baccarat, the winner is always going to be the one with a hand that has a value of 9 or is closest to nine.