In terms of player interactivity baccarat is one of the simplest casino games to learn. As a player you only have three betting options and that is all you have to decide. This is where baccarat is vastly different from games like blackjack where you have to learn correct strategy to get the most out of the game.
Before you can play you have to find the baccarat tables in the casino. At most casinos the baccarat section is in a roped off area or a separate room. You may find mini baccarat tables on the regular casino floor. Online you simply open up your favorite casino and select baccarat from the game menu.
This guide focuses on Mini Baccarat which is the most commonly found version on the Internet. The main different between the big table game you would find in roped off areas of land-based casinos is that in a mini baccarat game all of the cards are dealt by the house as opposed to being dealt by the players.
The aim of the game in baccarat is to predict the winning outcome of the two hands that are dealt. The options are Player, Banker and Tie. To place a bet on either of the outcomes you simply place chips on the table on the player, banker or tie spots. That is all you have to do to play baccarat.
Once bets are placed both the dealer and player hands get two cards. At this point the hands are compared. If either hand is an 8 or 9 the hand ends and wins are paid. If neither hand is an 8 or 9 the third card rule comes into play and any additional cards are dealt (See Baccarat Rules). Once all cards are dealt wins are paid and the next round begins.
Game Play Summary
- Place a bet on Player, Banker or Tie
- Player and Banker are dealt two cards each
- Hands are compared
- If either hand totals 8 or 9 the hand ends
- If neither hand ins 8 or 9 the third card rule is used
- Additional cards are dealt
- Hands are compared and wins are paid
When playing on the Internet you will find that each casino software has a different way of placing bets. Microgaming casinos simply have buttons that you press to choose your bet type. Cryptologic and Playtech casinos let you click the area of the table where you want to place chips.
As you can now see, baccarat is a very simple game. Place a bet on one of the three options and the croupier does the rest. The good thing about baccarat is that the player and banker bets have a low house edge. This makes the game quite unique as most of the time the easier a game is to play the higher the house advantage is.