World of Online Baccarat
History of Baccarat
Baccarat is a widely played casino card game, with several popular varieties played throughout the world. Originally developed in the 19th century, the game has its origins in more ancient Japanese card games. Today, the most commonly played version of baccarat is known as ‘Punto Banco’, or more simply as ‘North American baccarat’.
How to Play Online Baccarat
There’s no need to memorise complex rules and strategies in order to play baccarat. The aim of the game is to bet on a simple outcome: tie, player wins or dealer wins. The game begins with the player and dealer dealt two cards apiece. The hand that is closest to nine wins. Games are automatically finished if a hand adds up to 8 or 9, but if neither hand has enough points, a third card is drawn.
A player can only draw an extra card if their hand amounts to less than 5. If the player doesn’t draw a third card, the dealer can only draw a third card if their total hand amounts to no more than 5. If the player does draw a third card, the dealer can only do so if their hand total is less valued at two or less, or if the player’s total amounts to 3, 4 or 6, and their third card is a specific number.
Baccarat Strategy and Tactics
When playing baccarat, it’s worth remembering this card game is one of chance. If there’s been a run of wins for the banker or player, don’t bet against a break in the run because you think the laws of averages are on your side. You need to be wise with your wagers at all times. Avoid betting on the banker/dealer hand whenever possible, as these bets usually have the lowest returns and highest commissions. Likewise, avoid betting on a tie. Potential returns are high, but the likelihood of one happening are slim.
Variations of Baccarat
Mini Baccarat is a popular alternative to the original came, with fewer players and lower limits. Chemin De Fer (French Baccarat) involves six decks of card and a larger table, with the option to draw a third card and generally higher limits and potential returns to players.