One of the most glamorous games found in a casino is Baccarat. The most popular version of Baccarat is known as punto banco (also known as “North American Baccarat”. It is a simple game that consists of 2 hands played between the “player” and the “banker”. Each round of play (also known as a baccarat coup) has only 3 possible outcomes: “player” or “banker” have the high score or a “tie”. The maximum number of points for a hand is 9. The hand closest to 9 wins. There is also an option to bet the “tie” although that isn’t recommended because even though it provides the by far the higher payout, it carries a casino advantage of 14%.
Each coup or round of play has three possible outcomes, tie, banker winning or the player winning.
Each of the players moves are forced in consequence of the cards said player is dealt.
The winning odds are in favour of the bank with a low house edge of around 1 percent.
Cards have a point value, Aces are worth 1, cards 2 through 9 are worth face value in points. (2 is worth 2 points) and the 10’s and face cards have zero point value.
Punto Banco as it is most commonly referred to in North America, is dealt from 6 or 8 decks shuffled together. For Each “Coup” the dealer deals two cards face up to each hand alternating.
The hand closest to 9 wins. You may bet on a tie for a high payout but it favours the casino at 14%. So the risk versus reward will be at your discretion.
Admittedly the rules can be a bit confusing if you haven’t played this game yet.
To put it simply, face cards and 10’s always equal 10 points.
Aces are worth 1 point and every other number is its face value.
You must be closest to 9 to win. If after two cards no player has 8 or 9 a third card is dealt to the player, if the player has a total of 0 to 5, they draw a third card. If they have 6 or 7 the hand stands for the player.
If the players hand stands the banker stands with 6 to 7 but will draw a third card if his hand is 0-5.
The origins of the game are believed to date back to the 19th century, although some sources claim it was introduced into France from Italy at the end of the 15th century.