When it comes to popularity, the reigning champion is by far blackjack. It is after all a simple game to play, it is exciting, and it is very profitable for the player. It is a shame then that people are not more interested in baccarat, a game that is more like blackjack than you might think.
If you like to play baccarat in a land based casino, you will find that the baccarat tables are separated from the general casino floor. The people that play baccarat are upper class and have high bank rolls to spend. In fact playing blackjack in a land based casino means that you will need a rather large bankroll to get started. If you already have one, then all you have to worry about is the dress code. You cannot mingle with the upper class players if you are not dressed accordingly.
If you do not care much for the dress code and if you do not want to spend large amounts of money on baccarat, you can always play online baccarat. There are plenty of great games to choose form. The best part about playing baccarat online is that it is more affordable. You can find baccarat tables ranging from cheap to extremely expensive, and you do not have to worry about dressing up and blending in with the upper class players.
Let us take a look at the baccarat rules. They are pretty straightforward and you should not have a problem understanding them.
All the cards in the deck have a certain denomination. The cards are valued as follows:
- All face cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings) and 10s are valued as 0.
- All the cards from 2 to 9 have their face value.
The main goal of the game is to come as close to 9 as possible, without going over. The hand closest to 9 wins.
The game will start after you have placed your bets. There are 3 types of bets that you can place. You can bet on the player, on the banker, or in a tie. You will then be dealt two cards, and so will the dealer. If your hand total is 9 you have a “natural” and you win automatically. If you are dealt a 5 and a 6 for example, you do not bust. The value of your hand is counted as 1, not as 11.
After your initial two cards have been dealt, you can draw additional cards if you want to. If you wan to win at baccarat you must be the closest to 9.
You can expect to be paid even money on a winning player bet. Banker bets tend to win more often, but you must pay a certain percentage to the casino for every winning banker bet.
This is pretty much all there is to know about baccarat. As you can see the rules are incredibly simple. No mater if you decide to play baccarat in a land based casino or you decide to play online baccarat, you are sure to have a great time and possibly win a lot of money.
You should know that there are 3 types of baccarat games. We will discus them in detail another time, the main thing to remember are the rules of baccarat and understand how the game is played. If you know the basics you will easily pick up on any variations.
By Adrian Radulescu
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