Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is a popular gambling game that can be played in high-limit areas of casinos. The game is played with two cards dealt to the player and banker. The winning hand is the one with a total that is closest to nine. The game is usually played with a six- or eight-deck shoe and the cards are numbered from ten to nine. The ace counts as zero, and the face cards (tens, jacks, queens, and kings) count as nine.

How to Play the Game

To play baccarat, a bettor must place a wager on either the player or banker hand. The dealer then deals two cards to each hand, sometimes a third card is drawn in either or both hands. The player or banker whose hand is closest to nine wins the bet.

The rules are fairly simple and the house edge is low. However, the player must know how to calculate the odds of each hand before betting.

A 5% commission is added to each banker’s bet, which is tracked by the dealer and collected at the end of every hand. This is how the casino makes money on baccarat.

There are five ways to bet on the game: Players’ Bet, Banker’s Bet, Tie Bet, Super Six Bet and the Pair Bet. You can also place a side bet and make Mini Baccarat bets.

How the Game Works

When the banker is in the lead, all players wager their bets in order of the current banker position. The banker bets a fixed amount and the other players each wager a matching amount. In addition to the player and banker bets, other players or observing bystanders may wager as much as the current banker on the same hand.

This system allows the banker to maximize his profit while still maintaining the lowest house advantage. It is similar to a roulette wheel where each spin of the wheel produces a different outcome for a player’s bet.

The goal of the game is to make the best possible hand based on the two cards that are dealt. The highest-ranking card, the nine, is worth a certain amount of points and all other cards have their face value. When the number of pips adds up to nine, or if double digits occur, the final digit is dropped and a lower digit is added, for example, a six is reduced to a seven.

In the 19th Century, Baccarat received orders from some of the most important French monarchs, Emperors and heads of state. These included Charles X and Napoleon III, who visited the firm’s glass workshop in Paris and were impressed by its craftsmanship.

Baccarat was also renowned for its production of monumental candelabra, often decorated with delicate hand-painted flowers and scrollwork. These candelabra are pictured at the top of this article and are now highly prized collectors’ items.

Some of the most famous candelabra produced by Baccarat in the 19th Century, including the ‘Tuzla’ and the ‘Temple of Mercury’, are on display at the company’s Museum in Paris. Others, such as those made for the Dolmbahce Palace in Istanbul, are now exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.