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The game of Baccarat is a simple one to learn. Once bets are placed, two two-card hands are dealt - one to the ‘Banker’ (the dealer, or the ‘house’) and one to the Player. The object of the game is to score as close to nine as possible in a maximum of three cards. Card values are as follows:
|2-9, counted at face value
If a hand ends up scoring more than 9, only the second digit of the score is taken into account. For example, a hand of 7+5+2 equals 14, and so would score 4.
Players can bet on one of three possible outcomes: a Player Win (paid out at odds of 1:1, even-money), a Banker Win (paid out at odds of 1:1, minus a 5% commission. E.g. a 100 bet returns 195 net), or a Tie (paid out at 8:1).
A Baccarat hand plays out according to a fixed set of rules.
For the Player’s hand, these are as follows:
The Banker also draws according to a fixed set of criteria:
|Banker’s Two-Card Score
|Banker draws third card…
|If Player draws any third card (unless it is an 8)
|If Player draws a third card between 2-7
|If Player draws a third card between 4-7
|If Player draws a third card between 6-7
|Does not draw
The Banker will always draw according to these rules, even if they would win by standing on two cards.
|11 to 1
|A side wager which wins if the first two cards dealt to the Player constitute a pair
|11 to 1
|A side wager which wins if the first two cards dealt to the Banker constitute a pair
* Please note that only one of these side bets can be selected per game.
Drawing rules for both Player and Banker are applied automatically, with no decision-making needed.