Baccarat (also known as Punto Banco) is a card game played from a six- or eight-deck shoe usually separately from other casino games. It is played on a special table by not more than 14 players at the same time and is managed by three casino dealers.
All face cards (Jacks, Queens, and Kings) and the Tens have no value, an Ace is worth 1, the rest of the cards are worth their face value. The hand value can be a single-digit number only, so if the sum of the cards in a hand is a double-digit number, the left digit falls out. For instance, if the hand is made up of a Nine and a Two, its value is 1 (the total value of the cards in the hand is 11, so the left digit is dropped).
The two major bets in Baccarat are Banco (banker) and Punto (player). There is also a third bet called Standoff. The goal is to bet on the hand that will have the highest value, in some casinos it is also possible to bet on the tie (the Standoff bet).
The cards are dealt either by a dealer or the players act as dealers in turn. If a player deals the cards, he is still allowed to bet, usually on Banco. A player continues to deal the cards as long as the banker’s hand wins, he passes otherwise the dealer’s role to the next player, who may either accept it or pass. Continue with reading