Introduction to Baccarat

If you have been into games, you might have come across baccarat. So what is it? Well, to those new, it is a simple card game that is played between two hands. The hand of the "player" and that of the "banker". Each round of play has only three outcomes "player", "banker", or a "tie".

History of Baccarat

Baccarat orieginated within France in 19 century. It was in the era of Napoleone before gambling was legalised in the area. That is why played the game in private rooms. The first form of baccarat was known as the Baccarat bonque. It involved three players as seen on the album known as "Album des jeux" by Charles Van-Tenac.

Later, the game was improved by Chemin de Fer, who came up with a two-person baccarat version. In the 1940s, the game developed into a house-banked game which traces its origin in Havana. Baccarat game is more popular in the present casinos. Most casinos generate the highest revenue from different variations of Baccarat games.

Valuation of hands

In Baccarat, there are different types of cards involved. All the cards have point values. Each suit has 2 through 9 cards that have face value (also known as in points). However, there are some cards with zero point value (ie. no value). They include, the queen, the 10, the jack, and king.

More About Cards

All the aces are worth 1 point. The joker cards are not used anywhere in this game. The value of each card is derived from the sum of the unit digit of their constituent cards. The highest posible hand of the baccarat is only 9. Does it seem confusing? Dont worry, you will adopt as you play.

Versions of Baccarat

Punto banco is the most popular baccarat casino in the market. The version is a bit different from others. Insted of all hands making choices idividualy, Punto banco banks the game all the time. Here the game is played under fixed rules. The banker and the player are the only destination for two hands.

Roles applied in Punto banco

The tableau of drawing rules states that in the event that neither the banker nor the player is delt with a card total of 8 or 9, in the neutral cards (the first two cards), then the table must be consulted (first for the players rules then the bankers rules will be consulted later).

Player and Bankers Rules

The player rule states that in the event that the player has a total of 0-5 cards initially, they can draw another card (third card). In case the player has a total of 6 or 7 cards initialy, they stand. The bankers rule is a bit complex. The rule changes according to the player;s hand outcome.

In case the player stood pat (has two cards), the banker uses the player's rules to act (ie, the banker draws another card if he has 0-5 and stands with 6 or 7. If the player draws a card and the hand has two cads, the banker will draw a card regandless of the players hand value.

Odds and strategy

Punto banco has both the highest and lowest house edge in the tabke games today. The player bet has an house edge of around 1.24%. The bankers' bet has a house edge of 1.06% despite the 5% commision appliedon the wins. In tie bet (playing 8-to-1) the house edge of the 14.4%.

The Card Counting

Card counting technique has been used in different card games such as blackjack, yielding a small advantage. However, using card counting together with the edge-sorting technique gives the players a significant edge other the casino. However, the edge-sorting technique brings a lot of controversay and questions expecialy when the amount won is in the upward of millions.