What is Baccarat?

Baccarat is a popular casino card game, which can be played for fun or for real money in a number of online casinos. The game is believed to have originated in Italy and later taken to France during the late fifteenth century. The game bears a striking resemblance to games such as Basset and Faro.

Baccarat is played by the comparing the banker’s or dealer’s hand against the value of the player’s hand. The game is played against the dealer and is associated with three major types of bets—Player Bet, Banker Bet, and Tie Bet.

Europe is believed to be the place of origin of both Baccarat and Roulette. History says that the game originated in Europe somewhere in the fifteenth century. In fact, both Italy and France say that they invented Baccarat because the word “baccarat” in French as well as Italian means “zero” and is also pronounced the same way.

Baccarat experts, however, believe that the game is definitely Italian in origin and later caught the attention of the French elite. The game was later brought to America and became quite popular in American casinos. The advent of the Internet made this simple card game popular throughout the world.

Different Types of Online Baccarat:

Online casino players can choose from Baccarat variants such as North American Baccarat, also known as Punto Banco; Baccarat Chemin De Fer; and Baccarat Banque. While Punto Banco is purely a game of chance, the other two variants are games of skill and strategy, and players can definitely adopt strategies to bend the odds in their favor.

Punto Banco, which is also popular as the American version of Baccarat, is played in Canada, US, Sweden, and Australia with eight decks of standard playing cards. The French variant of Baccarat is Baccarat Chemin De Fer and is therefore found only in France. The variant has a few strict rules. Baccarat Banque is played with three decks of standard playing cards in European as well as American casinos.

Besides, players can also enjoy the immensely popular Mini Baccarat, which is offered at almost all prominent online casinos. The game is called so because only three players can play it at an oval table.

Although Baccarat has so many variants, they are all based on the same rules. Players are required to create a hand coming close to a value of eight or nine. However, a few slight differences make each variant unique.

How to Play Baccarat Online:

The aim of Baccarat is to create a hand of two or three cards and get a value as close to nine or possible. Six or eight decks of cards are required to play Baccarat.

In case of Baccarat, tens and face cards have zero value; all numbered cards from deuce to nine are taken at face value; and the Ace is equal to one. The suits of the cards have no significance in Baccarat. Double digits are always broken down to single digits by deleting the digit to the left. For instance, the value of 15 is only five and the value of 20 is just 0.

Baccarat players have to bet that the banker’s hand or the player’s hand will win the game or that the game will be a tie. Some casinos take a 5 percent commission on winning Banker Bets. Experts advise beginners to steer clear of the Tie Bet because it has a high house advantage.

At the beginning of the game, the players and the dealer receive two cards each; and a third card is dealt only on the basis of rules that are different for players and dealers. The hands are then compared and payouts given accordingly.

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