Baccarat dates back all the way to the 1400’s, making it one of the casino’s oldest games to date. In Italian, “baccarat” means zero, and Italy is in fact most probably where the game hails from. The zero reference refers to the fact that all tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings have a value of zero. Baccarat was especially popular among the royals in France, and by the early 1900’s several versions of Baccarat were doing the rounds in Europe, the most popular being the Chemin de Fer variation. In England it was Punto Banco that had made its way into the hands of most players. Interestingly enough it was the English version, and not the European version, that would ultimately make its way to the United States.
It is this version – Punto Banco – that is still being played today, in the US as well as here in Trinidad and Tobago. The general premise is that all cards are dealt, and players bet on one of three outcomes. Baccarat is a favourite among beginners, for its sheer simplicity, but is also enjoyed by high rollers and at River Belle Casino we offer games to suit all budgets!
How To Play Baccarat
In Baccarat there are three options to bet on: the Banker, the Player, or a tie. A tie is usually a high-risk bet, as it is the most unlikely of the three to occur. Winning bets on the Banker or the Player are even bets and what this means is that a win sees the player’s money doubled. A tie pays out 8:1.
In a game of online Baccarat the player is dealt two cards from a shoe of 6 to 8 decks of cards. The ideal situation is for the cards to total as close as possible to 9. Cards numbered from 2 to 9 all represent their own point’s value. The Ace card represents 1 and all of the tens cards amount to zero.
Should the total of the two cards dealt exceed 10, the initial digit is dropped. For example, 19 will become 9. Should the total exceed 5 from the initial two card draw, in other words 6 or over, that player must stand and will not be able to draw a third card. If, on the other hand, the initial draw totals to 5 or less, a third card must be drawn.
Basic Baccarat Strategies
Online Baccarat can be played from a more strategic point of view than merely leaving it all to the luck of the draw. Many players at River Belle have applied various strategies with varying levels of success. No strategy is completely fail-safe, and it’s up to each player to decide what works and what doesn’t.
Strategies include the Fibonacci Baccarat Strategy, the Martingale Baccarat Strategy and the Labouchere Baccarat Strategy. Each strategy follows its own unique premise and plan and you can try them out on our games for free first, before you bet real money.
Discover a card game that has stood the test of time when you play online Baccarat at River Belle Casino!