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Beat the Bank with Baccarat
Baccarat is played with a shoe containing either six or eight decks, and online Baccarat games have the cards dealt automatically.
Face cards and the 10 have no value, which makes the suits irrelevant to the game, and the rest of the cards are held at face value, with Aces counting as one point. Only single-digit cards matter when it comes to online Baccarat, so, when your card total reaches double digits, as in an 8 and 7, which would total 15 points, the left-hand digit falls away, which, in this case, would leave you with 5 points. The objective of the game is to bet on the hand you think will be the highest in value.
Two Bets to Choose From
There are three principle bets in Baccarat: your own, or the banker’s, along with the standoff bet, although this is rarer. All players may bet on their own hand, or that of the bankers, and whoever wins collects the money laid down.
Two hands are dealt, and then bets will be placed on which one will win, or on the chance that they will tie. The dearer places two cards face down underneath the shoe, and deals cards to the player. Each hand has a minimum of two cards, never more than three, although three can be dealt, under specific conditions. An understanding of these is not necessary for basic Baccarat play however.
If the cards dealt total 8 or 9, what is known as a natural, the player must stand, since 9 is the highest hand possible in the game. If a hand equals less than 5, he or she can hit, which means taking another card, but otherwise he or she will stand. This point of play will determine the action of the banker.
The Card Reveal Determines the Winner
The player will then view the cards, and hand them back to the dealer, who turns them over to reveal who has won the game. The card with the highest total wins.
Losing bets will generally be collected first, after which the winners will be paid out.
The payouts for winning bets is 1: 1, except in the case of a standoff, which pays out either at 8: 1 or 9: 1. If you have placed a bet on the banker to win, you will be charged 5%, payable to the casino, and this is where the house advantage lies.
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