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How to play baccarat


The whole process of playing baccarat on Bitcoin tables is easy because software handles the draw for gamers. However, it’s not as much fun if you don’t have a basic understanding of the game itself and some of the strategies and nuances involved. Therefore, here is a simple guide to the process so you can become the King or Queen of the baccarat tables whenever you want.

Remember, you can only play two hands at any time, no matter how many baccarat players are participating. Also, even though the name “banker hand” infers some kind of official office, it does not belong to the casino, and neither does the “player hand” simply pertain to the bettor.

What are the card values?

The card values in baccarat are as follows.

·       Cards 2 through 9 are worth their face value in points.

·       Tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings have no point value.

·       Aces are worth 1 point.

·       Jokers are not used.

How to work out hand values

The hands are valued by the furthest right digit of the sum of the constituent cards. For example, a hand of 3 and 4 is worth 7. However, a hand of 7 and 8 is worth 5, as 5 is the furthest right digit of the combined points total of 15. Therefore, the highest possible hand value in baccarat is 9. A two-card total of 9 is known as a natural and if both the bank and the player are dealt identical hands, it is known as a standoff or a tie, and neither wins. An 8 is a second-best hand and is also known as a natural.

In punto banco, the casino banks the game and plays out both hands in accordance to fixed drawing rules, which are known as the tableau. More historic baccarat games have each hand associated with one individual who makes drawing choices.

·       Punto banco is dealt from a shoe that contains between six and nine decks of cards that are then shuffled together.

·       A cut card is placed in front of the seventh card from last and the drawing of the cut card means it is the last coup of the shoe.

·       The dealer burns the first card face up and depending on its numerical value (the ace is worth 1 and face cards are worth 10), the dealer burns that number of cards face down.

·       Two cards are dealt face up to each hand, starting from the player and alternating between the hands.

·       If either the player or the banker gets a total of 8 or 9, the coup is finished, and the result is announced – either the player wins, the banker wins or it is a tie

·       If there is no 8 or 9, the drawing rules are used to decide whether the player should get a third card.

·       Based on the value of any card that is drawn for the player, the drawing rules are activated to decide whether the banker should receive a third card.

·       The coup is then finished, the outcome announced and the winning bets paid out.

Baccarat drawing rules

The banker and the player each receive two cards. If either the banker or the player has a total of 8 or 9, they both stand with no exceptions, and this takes precedence over all the other rules.

If the player has a total of 6 or 7, the player stands. If the player stands, the banker hits on a total of 5 or less.

If the player has a total of 5 or less, the player automatically hits, and the banker gives the player a third card. If the player gets the third card, then the banker draws a third card according to these rules.

·       Banker has a total of 0, 1, or 2: Banker always draws a third card.

·       Banker has a total of 3: Banker draws if the player's third card is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-0 (but not 8).

·       Banker has a total of 4: Banker draws if the player's third card is 2-3-4-5-6-7.

·       Banker has a total of 5: Banker draws if the player's third card is 4-5-6-7.

·       Banker has a total of 6: Banker draws if the player's third card is of 6-7.

·       Banker has a total of 7: Banker always stands.

Once the final cards are dealt, the score of the player and dealer are compared. The winning hand is the one with the greater total.

Words: Sean Mcnulty
Images: PA


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