Like to know how to play Baccarat?  Simple, choose your bet and let the dealer do the rest.

Baccarat really is a pretty simple game to play, and doesn't require a great degree of skill or decision making once the deal commences. 

To play baccarat, all you need to do is choose between 3 possible bets...

  • 'Player' - here you are betting that the deal to the 'player' box will win.

  • 'Banker' - here you are betting that the deal to the 'banker' box will win.

  • Tie - here you are betting that the 'player' and 'banker' hands tie.

Once bets are laid, the dealer will deal hands to the 'banker' and 'player' boxes, and either the 'banker' hand will win, the 'player' hand will win, or there will be a tie.  

The rules of the deal are simple...

  • Cards are generally dealt from an 6 or 8 deck shoe.

  • Number cards less than 10 are worth face value, the Ace is worth 1 and 10's and picture cards are worth 0.

  • 2 cards are dealt to the 'banker' and 2 cards are dealt to the 'player'.  The value of the 2 card hand is equal to the right digit of the 2 card sum.  6 and 7 = 3, Ace and 10 = 1, 2 and 4 = 6 and so on.  

  • A third card may be dealt to the player and/or banker according to the following rules:

    - (overriding rule) where either player or banker has a score of  8 or 9, no further cards are dealt.
    - where the player's total is 5 or less, the player hits, otherwise the player stands.
    - if the player stands, the banker must hit on 5 or less.  If the player hits, then the banker will hit or stands according to the following chart: 

Banker's
Score

Player's Third Card

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

7

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

6

S

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

S

S

5

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

S

S

4

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

H

S

S

3

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

S

H

2

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

1

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

0

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

  • Once dealing ends, the highest hand wins. Winning bets on the 'banker' pay 19 to 20 (even money less 5% house commission), winning bets on the 'player' pay even money.  Winning bets on a tie usually pay 8 to 1, but can pay 9 to 1 at some casinos.

Pretty simple really.  Want to know more?

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