How to Play Baccarat at a Casino


Baccarat is a casino game with low complexity and a lot of James Bond-style gambling fun. This popular table game has been around since the mid-19th century and is a great way to while away an afternoon in Las Vegas or elsewhere.

The first thing you need to know is that baccarat uses the standard playing cards – the face cards and the 10s – but it also has some specialised rules. For example, the ace is worth one point, and the rest of the face cards are worth zero.

In the game, there are three possible outcomes: a player hand wins, a banker hand wins or a tie. Players can bet on any of these. If the player has a winning hand, they will receive a payout of 1:1; if the banker has a winning hand they will receive a payout of 1.24%; and if the game ends in a tie, the winner is determined by chance.

When you play baccarat at a casino, it is important to understand the rules. It is best to learn these before you start playing.

To start, each player will be given two cards. The dealer will then deal another set of cards, and then ask you to place your bets. Once you have made your bets, the dealer will draw cards for each player.

If a player has a total of 6 or 7 they will draw a third card; otherwise they will stand with their total. The player then makes their decision based on the outcome of their second and third card.

The Banker’s hand is also compared to the Player’s hand, but only to the Player’s third card. The banker has to decide whether they should draw a third card or not. If the banker’s hand is a draw, they can choose to stand or double their bet (called doubling the bet).

After drawing the second card, the banker will announce whether they have a winning hand, and they will then check the number of cards in their hands. They can then either take a 5% commission on the winning bet or call a ‘carte’ if their hand is a natural win, i.e. if their hand equals 9 or the closest to it.

Alternatively, they can draw a second card if their first card is an ace or the next highest value card. This can be a useful strategy to have in mind as it can help you to avoid making mistakes that can cost you money.

If the player has a total of 0-5 or 10, they can also choose to stand. This means that they will only draw a third card if the banker’s hand is a natural win or if they have to because the player’s hand has a total of 0-5 or 10 points.

The most popular variant of baccarat is Punto Banco, which has a similar gameplay to the traditional version but has a slightly different set of rules. In addition, the banker has a smaller edge than the player, and the house takes a 5% commission on all Banker Hands.