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Online Baccarat Rules and Strategy

Baccarat is one of those games that lends itself to a lot of mystique and exclusiveness at casinos. The game of Baccarat is usually played behind velvet ropes in special rooms. it's this sense of exclusiveness that gives the game it's appeal for starting players who want to see what the game is all about, and be part of the in crowd.

In fact, the game of Baccarat is easy to learn and it's simple to master the play of the game. Baccarat does have a few small complexities, but still isn't a game that takes a lifetime to learn.

Baccarat Rules

Baccarat is a fairly easy game to learn. The object of the game is to have your hand total 8 or 9. To work this out is the hardest part of Baccarat. The way that the cards are valued is:

  • 2 - 9 - Valued at the face value (2 is worth two, 5 is worth five, etc)
  • 10, Jack, Queen and King - Valued at 10, which is worth 0 in baccarat
  • Ace - Valued at one

In baccarat, you can choose to bet on the players hand, or the dealers hand. This one thing makes the game a whole lot more attractive to players. How many times have you wanted to bet on the dealers hand instead of your own?

The way that Baccarat is scored is to add the values of the cards in your hand together and see who has the closest to 9. To get this, any time the value goes above 9, the value of the hand is taken back to 0. So, if you had a starting hand of a five, and a 9 you'd have a total of 14. Because 14 is over 9, you take the 10 off, and you are left with a total of 4 for that hand.

When a hand totals 8 or 9 with the first two cards, it's called a "natural" and wins automatically unless both hands are naturals, and then the game is considered a tie.

That's the basic rules of Baccarat. Once you can understand the way that the cards are counted, then you're ready to go and start playing!

Baccarat Strategy

  • Always bet on the bankers hand - The bankers hand does have the odds of winning. You'll usually pay a small commission for that bet, but the gain is worth it.
  • Avoid the "Tie" bets - Sure, they pay a lot more, but the odds of them coming up are a lot less then the return that you could get if you win.
  • Counting cards doesn't help - It can help a bit in other games, but counting cards to find the probability of getting a 10 is worthless in baccarat because a 10 is worth 0.
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