How to Get Started in Baccarat


Baccarat is a card game played by one or more players against the banker. It is a simple game, but has a number of rules that can get complicated as the game moves along. In the end, it’s all about winning a bet on either the player’s hand, the banker’s hand or a tie. The player must correctly predict which hand will have the highest value.

Unlike roulette, where the information needed to clock a trend is readily available and easy to read, this is not the case in baccarat. It is a negative expectation game and until we have information about what the next cards will be, it will always be difficult to beat.

The best way to get started in baccarat is by setting your limits. Determine how much you are willing to lose, and don’t exceed it. Likewise, set a win limit and cash out when you’ve reached it. This will help to prevent chasing your losses and making bad decisions.

Most baccarat tables now feature electronic displays that show all the results and trends previously recorded on paper and the bead plate. These are often called a ‘road’ and they can be very helpful in tracking the current trends. The standard road height is six symbols, but some casinos use a smaller grid (the Galaxy Macau ‘cockroach road’ for instance). It can take a while to understand these derived roads, but once you do they are invaluable in tracking the current baccarat trends.