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A simple introduction to Baccarat

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If ever you've read the James Bond novels you're sure to have come across a curious card game called baccarat. One novel actually revolves around the game. Baccarat has a great reputation for being a real high-class game (perhaps the reason why James Bond loves to play it). Let's take a look at what this game is all about.

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When you think of Baccarat, you probably think of a game that's played by an exclusive club of high rollers only. These players sit behind roped-off tables, called the Baccarat Pit, and wager thousands of dollars at the turn of a card. Baccarat has always had this kind of reputation and as the most formal of casino games, it has done well to live up to it. Until now! The richest of gamblers have known for a long time that Baccarat truly is one of the best games available. They have also done well to exclude the average player by scaring them off with large wagers. But that is all changing, and fast! Nowadays, we are seeing more and more people playing who previously would have stayed away. And we discover that this is really a good game for the small stakes player because of its simplicity to learn and play, and the favorable odds. has broken down these roped barriers and now anyone from a big spender to the casual player can indulge in this exciting game of chance. So let's all be bold; forget about the high rollers and learn how to wager with this elite club of Baccarat players. Forget about wearing a tuxedo and join-us in the pit... To truly understand the game, we'll have to understand a little about its background. The word "baccarat" is derived from the Italian term "baccarat", which means zero. No not zero winnings, but rather a zero value for all face cards and tens. In Europe, where the game started and flourished, Baccarat has a close cousin in the game "Chemin de Fer". The game of Baccarat isn't only found in Europe. In a standard American casino you'll find the game commonly referred to as Mini-Baccarat. Mini-Baccarat is as simple as ABC and can be learned easily just by playing. Each game begins with two hands of two cards, each being dealt face up. The object of the game is basic; you place a bet on one of the two hands you think will total closest to nine. So you only have to make one decision-what wager to place. And to make things even easier, the game only has three possible bets.

Baccarat is a card game that traces its origins in Europe. The name comes from the Latin word, baccara. This game seems to have originated from the game Chemin de Fer, though it has similarities to Faro and Basset.

The inventor of the game is said to be Felix Falguierein, from Italy. In the 15th century it was said that the game had been brought and introduced into France during the reign of Charles VIII. It made its way to America in the late 60's.

The rules of baccarat are not really that complicated. To win in this game a player is to get a hand of at least two cards (at times 3 cards) with the points or values as close to 9 as a total. There are different versions of this game. Each version of Baccarat would have its own unique set of rules or perhaps a variation of a few rules.

Baccarat is a bit comparable to blackjack where players play against the banker/dealer. The objective of the player's in the game of Baccarat is to draw a hand (consisting of two or three cards) and make sure that the total of his hand is closer to 9 than the banker's hand. Kind of akin to blackjack though there are differences - for instance in blackjack the total should be 21 or at least closer to that.

The face cards Jack, Queen, and King count as 0 points in Baccarat. All the Aces have a value of 1. The number cards from 2 to 9 would have points equal to their face value (e.g. a 5 will have five points, a 3 will be equal to three points; and if you have both you have a hand totaling 8 points). Among the face cards only a 10 would have a value of 10.

When the cards have been dealt a player gets to add up the value of his hand. If ever the total of a player's hand goes over 10 points, one has to drop the tens value and retain the ones. For example you've been dealt a 9 and a 5 that totals 14, you then drop the ten and you're left with 4. Your hand has a value of four. Comparing the game with blackjack, you don't bust in Baccarat. The rules are pretty simple, aren't they?

The game's simplicity and the high-class feel that it brings to players make Baccarat a very appealing game. So grab your suit and let's head on to a table and play!

You can bet on: 1. The player's hand 2. The banker's hand

  1. A tie between the two hands Are you mesmerized by the complexity of this game? Don't nod off just yet because the fun stuff is coming. Now that you know what bets to make, you'll need to know how to read the cards. Card Values are as follows:

    1. Ace is counted as one

    2. 2-9 are counted at face value

    3. Ten and face cards are all counted as zero Therefore, if the total of the cards is 10 or greater, only the second digit is counted as the value of the hand. From these card values, the player closest to nine wins. If from the outset a hand's first two cards are an 8 or 9, this is called a 'natural', and is an automatic win unless the other hand ties or has a higher value. Each hand is only allowed a maximum of three cards, and the third card is automatically drawn for you under certain conditions. For the Player's hand, when the first 2 cards total: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5- a third card is drawn 6 or 7- the player stands 8 or 9- this is a natural (Note: When this occurs, the banker cannot draw a third card.) For the banker's hand, it depends on the player's hand: First 2 cards total: Draws when Player's 3rd card is Doesn't draw when Player's 3rd card is 0, 1 or 2 Always Draws

3 1 to 10 8

4 2 to 7 1,8,9,10

5 4,5,6,7 1,2,3,8,9,10

6 6 or 7 1-5,8,9,10

7 stands stands

8 or 9 neutral can't draw So try out this fast and exciting game and let us know what you think.

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