Baccarat is one of the most popular forms of casino games around today, and while it’s one that’s only recently become popular in online gambling rooms, it’s a game that has a long history, dating back hundreds of years, stemming from the French colonies back in the 1700’s.
Baccarat is a simple card game, and it’s due to that simplicity that so many players have chosen to love the game around the world. Once you’ve chosen your wager, and selected whether you want to play any additional side bets, you are given two cards, and the dealer is also given two cards. Both your hands are trying to total as close to nine as possible, with picture hands counting as 0 (picture cards include 10).
You get to draw one additional card if you like, and sometimes this is done automatically, and sometimes it’s your choice – this depends on the game rules of the Baccarat version you’re playing.
Most Baccarat games around the world today are called ‘Punto Banco’, and this has become so common, that Punto Banco Baccarat if often just called – Baccarat. The game plays near-enough identically to regular Baccarat, with the addition that players can choose to draw extra cards, or not, whereas with regular Baccarat, you must follow a set number of rules, which some players find annoying.
Baccarat’s payouts are fairly universal, no matter what variation you choose to play, and if you bet on your own hand winning, and it does, you’ll be paid out at even money, or, in other words, 1/1.
If you choose to bet on the dealer’s hand – known as the ‘Bank Bet’, and it wins, you get paid out at 1/1 also, however a 5% commission is taken, so if you bet £10, you’d received £19.50 back. This commission is the casino’s way of lowering the house edge, as without it, players betting on the Bank Bet would have an advantage over the casino.
If you choose to bet on the ‘Tie Bet’ – which as the name suggests, pays when both player and banker finish with the same hand – you’ll be paid out at either 9/1, or 8/1, dependant on the house rules of the game, and the specific variation.
Overall, Baccarat is very easy to play, doesn’t take much learning, and can be enjoyable, due to the low house edge, so be sure to check it out during your online gaming!