how to play online Baccarat
Baccarat is a relatively simple casino game where up to 14 players and a dealer - also known as the banker -- bet in one of three ways:
1) a player will win
2) the dealer or banker will win
3) the game will end in a tie.
The goal is to end the game with the highest point total in your hand. This game isn't very common online or even offline but there is at least one solid online casino that offers it. I have added some links below to our other Baccarat related pages. Please browse through our strategy article before you hit the tables to ensure you don't make any of the commonly made mistakes.
Baccarat Game Play
One of the things that make this game interesting is that you bet before the cards are dealt. Once bets are placed the dealer deals two cards to each player and two to himself or herself. For multiple player games, multiple decks are used, placed in a contraption called a "shoe". If you've seen any James Bond movies, you know what a "shoe" looks like. The winner is the hand with the highest point value, with 9 being the maximum value. Face cards and tens are worth 0 with all other cards worth their rank or numerical value. If the numerical total of a hand is greater than ten, a value of 10 is subtracted from the end to get the total value. For example, if you are dealt a 9 and an 8, the value of your hand is 7. If a player draws a hand with a total value of six or higher, the player "stands" with his or her hand. If their point value is 5 or less, they draw a third card. The dealer stands with a hand of 7 or higher, and draws again with a hand of 6 or less.
Even money is paid (1:1) for winning bets from the player's hand. Bets that are winners on the dealer or banker side are paid at the same odds, less a commission, which varies depending on house rules. Betting on a tie, while a risky play, can yield significantly higher results. If you've bet that the game will end in a tie and it does, you'll collect 8 to1 (or 9 to 1 in some online casinos) on your initial bet. In a tie game, initial bets on the player or the dealer are returned to the bettor, not collected by the house.