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Baccarat rules

Baccarat is another essential online casino game that gamblers should know about. As well as most of other casino games Baccarat only seems complicated while in reality Baccarat is rather simple.

Baccarat is a game of great style. Baccarat is generally recognized as a high society game; even in Ian Flemming's James Bond series there are references to Baccarat.

Baccarat is a betting game. It is one of few games in which once the bets are made and the Baccarat game starts there are no decisions for the player to make; the Baccarat game resolves quickly.

Playing Baccarat

In Baccarat there are two hands, the banker hand and the player hand. The cards come from baccarat shoe, a box that contains 6 or 8 shuffled decks of cards. You can make a bacarrat bet on either hand or the tie between the two. Also, in baccarat either baccarat hand can only have two or three cards per deal. When a bacarrat hand standsit means that the hand's part in the game is finished. This is a very important property of Baccarat.

The winning side in baccarat is determined by the closing bacarrat score which is calculated in the following fashion:

Tens and face cards count as zero
Ace in Baccarat is worth one point
2 to 9 are worth their face values respectively
The score of all baccarat cards is summed up. If the summary baccarat score exceeds nine (becomes two digits) then the first digit is discarded. For example, 9 + Ace = 0 points
A game of Baccarat proceeds as follows:

The baccarat table dealer deals two cards to both baccarat hands from the shoe. If either baccarat hand has an initial baccarat score of 8 or 9 it is called a natural. In such case, both hands stand. The final score determines the winner or a tie. The game ends and the baccarat player proceeds to recovering bets. If the game proceeds , first the baccarat player hand and then the banker hand must play out by the following rules: If the baccarat player's first two cards total to less than six, the player must draw another (last card) from the shoe. The player then stands.

If the banker's first two cards total to more than six the banker must stand and expose. If the initial score is 0, 1 or 2 the banker must draw the last card from the shoe. If it is 3 and the player's third card is 0 to 9 points, the banker draws the third card. If it is 4 and the player's third card is 2 to 7 points, the banker draws the third card. If it is 5 and the player's third card is 4 to 7 points, the banker draws the third card. Otherwise, the banker stands and the game ends. If both hands acquire equal score, the game is called a tie and the tie bet wins. Otherwise the bet on the hand that receives score closest to 9 wins.

Bets are recovered. If the winning bet is the player or the banker it recovers even money: that is, the bet itself and a win that amounts to the bet. However, if the winning side is the banker baccarat hand the online casino will commission 4% or 5% called vygorish. If the winning bet is the tie then neither the baccarat banker nor the player bets are neither paid nor taken. The tie bet in baccarat is paid 8 or 9 to one.