|How To Play Baccarat
Before you start playing baccarat or any other gambling game for that
matter you should decide what your bankroll is for the session. Once
you have decided how much you want to play with you should decide
what size bets you will be making. In general you do not want to over
bet your bankroll so make sure you have enough for at least 20 or
Your next step is to find the baccarat tables. On the main casino
floor you should be able to locate mini baccarat tables by identifying
the tables or by asking a casino employee. If you are looking for
the big table baccarat games then look for a roped off area. At most
casinos we have visited the big table baccarat games are located in
the high roller sections.
You will find that the table limits are clearly marked on the tables
so make sure the limit is right for you before you sit down. Once
you sit down at the table you will need to get some chips. In general
the dealer will convert your cash into chips when you arrive at the
table. Depending on the table limit you have picked you will get chips
in a related denomination.
For the purposes of this guide we will assume that you have sat down
at the start of a new shoe. The cards will be shuffled and the dealer
will offer the cards to be cut to either the player with the highest
seat number or the player decided by the dealer. The dealer will the
burn (discard) the first card from the shoe. In most cases you will
not get to see this card. The dealer will then call for bets, this
is the time to get some chips on the table and get in on the action!
You will find three clearly marked sections on the table in front
of you. These are player, banker and tie. Place chips on one of the
sections and wait for the dealer to call no more bets. Now the fun
begins. The dealer will deal two cards to the player hand and two
cards to the dealer hand. At this point if either hand has a natural
the game ends and winnings are paid out or losing bets are cleared
from the table.
In the majority of hands however you will find that additional cards
need to be dealt according to the determined baccarat third card rule.
You as a player have no choice as to whether extra cards will be dealt
so even if the hand you bet on is in the lead you still have to watch
the extra card being dealt and possibly ruining you hand. For example
if your hand starts with a total of three and the third card is a
seven you have a hand of zero.
Once the final hand totals have been reached the dealer will clear
the table of losing wagers and pay the winning wagers to the players.
Once this has happened the dealer will call for bets again and the
whole process starts again.
If you are betting on the dealer hand you have to remember that there
is 5% commission taken from every win. In some cases this is taken
directly out of the pay out the dealer gives you and in other cases
the dealer will place a marker indicating how much commission you
owe. This must be paid at the end of the shoe or when you leave the
table so be sure keep some chips to cover the commission. If in doubt
ask the dealer.
In some casinos around the world you will also find that there are
some additional betting possibilities. These tend to be run bets.
These bets have quite a high house edge but can sometimes pay off
big. What you are aiming for is to predict the run of player or banker
hands in a row or a combination of both. Pay outs for long runs can
be as high as 100 to 1.