Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is a table game where the dealer does most of the work. It has from seven to 14 seats and two hands of cards are dealt. The player and banker both place bets on which hand they think will total closer to nine. Picture cards and Tens count as zero points, while other cards have their face value. Once the hand’s value reaches a double digit, only the second number counts. If a hand totals more than 9, it wins. If it is a tie, the bets are paid out (although a commission may be deducted).

Once players have made their bets on either Player, Banker or a Tie, the dealer will deal two cards to each box. A third card is then drawn on the Player’s and Banker’s hands. If the Player’s hand is a total of 8 or 9, it is known as a ‘natural’ and no additional cards are dealt.

Baccarat is a game of chance, so good stake management is important. Set your budget in advance, and don’t play with more money than you can afford to lose. Taking a break between sessions is also a good idea. Aim to be ahead of the house edge, and if you aren’t, quit when you reach your loss limit. Good luck!