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Baccarat Rules

Baccarat is one fun casino game available for today’s player. The object of this game is simple: Players bet on either of two hands dealt on the table. Baccarat is an extremely simple game to follow. The rules are very straightforward and once you pick them up, you can easily implement your own personal strategy.

By participating, you are considered the “player,” and you are able to either wager on a banker’s hand or the player’s hand, or even a tie between the two. If the hand you bet on wins, you get an even money payoff that’s one to one. You get 5 back and another 5 if you bet on 5 and win. If you come to a tie, you get an 8 to 1 payoff (bet 5 get 5 plus 40). This is, of course, because a tie occurs less than once out of every ten hands, and that makes the game quite a gamble.

Each hand takes an initial two cards. If a hand nears 9, that hand automatically wins, since 9 is the highest value. Tens and other face cards (except the ace) are equivalent to zero. The ace is considered as one, and cards 2 through 9 are worth face value. In this game, a "bust" doesn’t exist as in poker, but here is the tricky part. If you get a two-digit total hand, the initial digit is omitted. For instance, if a 6 and a 7 are drawn, the total count is 13, but the initial digit is dropped, so the count is 3. If the initial two cards achieve a count of 8 or 9 it is called a "natural", and as such wins automatically (excluding the event of a tie of equal valued "naturals").

Additional cards are drawn to determine a winner, if the initial hand is a natural. Baccarat rules state that winning banker bets are subject to a house commission. This is obviously because there is more of a chance for a banker to win. What’s interesting, and what you won’t learn from reading any standard baccarat rules is that even after the house commission, there is still an advantage to betting on house. The margin is slim, but it does exist.