Baccarat has its origins in Italy dating back to the middle ages. The game has traditionally been associated with the aristocracy, and still remains the preference of a number of wealthy players. The game made it's debut in Las Vegas and North America in the 1950's. The odds of winning are one of the best in the casino.
How to Play
There are three possible bets in Baccarat, PLAYER, BANKER and TIE. The object of the game is to bet which hand will come the closest to nine. The rules are clearly defined and all the player has to do is bet on who he feels will win the hand.
Each player is offered the opportunity to bank. If the player chooses to bank, he/she is asked to deal the cards as well. Only two hands are dealt (there can be a number of players betting however) each receiving two cards to begin the game. The player’s cards go to the person with the highest bet on the player side.
Face cards and tens have no value. All of the other cards have a face value equal to the rank of the card. When the total of two cards equals a number greater than ten, the first digit is dropped. If the player is dealt a 9 and a 6, the value of the hand is 5.
The casino charges a commission of 5% for all winning bets. Player bets are paid even money and ties are paid 8 to 1- the worst bet on the table.
If the first two cards add up to nine, the hand is unbeatable. Totals of eight and nine, on the first two cards are called naturals and are non-drawing hands. If either the PLAYER or BANKER has a natural eight or nine, the other cannot draw a third card.