How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is a game of chance where the goal is to bet on a hand which has the highest value after two cards have been dealt. The winning hand is the one which has the closest value to nine. In this type of game, the banker can take a slight advantage.

A baccarat table is usually situated in an alcove, away from the rest of the action on the casino floor. Players sit around a two-sided table. Each player has a betting area for his or her hand. There are seven to fourteen seats available for players.

Before playing, the player must make a bet for his or her hand. This is done by putting green felt on the table, which covers the entire area. One to eight decks of cards are used, depending on the version of baccarat being played.

Once the chips have been arranged in the betting area, the croupier deals eight 52-card packs to the table. These are then shuffled. Each player’s hand is then placed in the dealing “shoe” and the croupier draws two cards for the Player and Banker.

Next, the player who made the biggest wager looks at the two Player Hand cards and tosses them to the Caller. The Banker then checks his or her two Player Hand cards. Both player and banker must have a total of 8 or 9. After all of the cards have been dealt, the player with the highest hand wins. If there are ties, the payout is eight to one.

As the cards are drawn and the totals are announced, each player is given the option to call or stand. During this phase, the dealer will place the cards on a layout labeled PLAYERS.

When the player’s hand total is six or seven, the player has the option to call for a third card. However, if the dealer’s hand is zero, the active player must call ‘non’. He or she can then draw a third card, or simply leave the table without a third card.

In the event of a tie, the player who drew the first two cards of the banker is the winner. This is also the case when the first two cards of the player are a natural. It is important to know how to play a baccarat round correctly. For instance, the banker can choose to draw a third card based on the player’s second card, or to stand.

Depending on the rules of the game, the player can bet on either the Player or the Banker. In this case, a 5% commission is charged for the bet. In this way, the house’s advantage is lower than it would be if the player were to make the bet on the Banker.

If the Banker has a hand total of 7, the player should not draw a third card. Alternatively, if the banker has a hand total of 9, the player should not draw a third card.