The History Of Baccarat
Baccarat is one of the oldest casino games whose origin can be traced back to the early 1400’s! It appeared in Italy via France and its name is the Italian word for “zero”. It is popular and played all over the world, especially among high-rollers. Most recently, baccarat has found its way to online gambling for even more to enjoy! There are three formats of baccarat. Big Table Baccarat where table minimums are often high and cards are dealt by each player. The second type of baccarat, Mini Baccarat, has the same rules as the former but the dealer turns over all the cards, making for a much faster game. Midi Baccarat is the same as midi baccarat except the tale is larger and most likely found in the high-limit rooms versus on the main casino floor.
A game of Baccarat has three possible outcomes. The player will either win, the banker will win or there is a tie. Be aware, in this game the “banker” does not refer to the house. Cards are dealt to the player and the banker, first one, then the second. Point totals of all cards are then announced. Tens and face cards are all worth zero. All other cards are worth their face value with the ace’s value as one. If a total is more than 10, the second digit is the value of the hand. (Hence, a nine and a six adds up to fifteen, meaning the point value would be five.) In order to win, your bet must be on the hand totals closest to nine. A “natural” win is when the point total for the first two cards dealt is eight or nine. Whether a third card is drawn is determined by the value of the first two cards. There are specific rules for when the Banker draws a third card. Chips are placed on the section of the table marked player, banker or tie prior to play.
Because the game is easy to learn and is a favorite of high rollers, it is not uncommon to see millions of dollars exchange hands in a single session. Occasionally, you will also see losses at the baccarat table reflected in a casino annual business report! Online casinos are now offering mini baccarat tables using the standard American rules. Again, decide what your bankroll will be ahead of time. In general, you want to make sure you have enough for 20-30 hands.