Over the last decade Baccarat has become one of the most popular table games. Its simple rules and attractive winning odds made it the preferred choice for many players all around the world. It’s purely a game of chance and it’s played with 52-card deck. The aim of this game is to be as close as possible to the total of 9.
History of Baccarat
Baccarat is a very old card game that has been played in many varieties over the years, most probably as far back as medieval times. We can’t be sure where the game came from, as both Italians and the English like to think that it originated in their country.
There are many versions of how Baccarat came into being. The most frequently used version is that it was invented by an Italian player named Falguiere sometime during the medieval period, and that he called it Baccarat. Baccarat was played later in the 15th century in France and became a very popular game, especially among the aristocracy. The next important period for the game came at the end of 18th and beginning of the 19th century, during the reign of Louis-Philippe I. Baccarat had very similar rules to blackjack at this time. The French version of Baccarat was very popular in England. The English gradually changed and adjusted the rules, which led to further variations of this famous game.
Baccarat appeared in the USA in a few illegal casinos in New York around 1911, but the game wasn’t as popular as blackjack. Then in 1950, the game became hugely popular in Las Vegas, from where it spread within its modern history all around the world.
Online Baccarat can be played by up to 14 players with a maximum of 8 packs of French cards at the same time. The object of the game is to decide between two card variations and to get as close as possible to the number 9.
Firstly, the player decides whether to bet on the banker’s hand, on the player’s, or on a tie. If the player bets on the player and wins then then he/she will be paid a ratio of 1:1. If, on the contrary, the player bets on the banker and wins, he/she will take a ratio of 1:1 but the banker takes 5% from the prize given. The third possibility, to bet on a tie, will bring to the winning player a prize at the ratio of 8:1.
After the bet the two players get 2 cards from the dealer. The cards are subsequently turned face up to see, who is winning. If one of the players or the banker has cards in the value of 8-9 it is an ideal score (so called natural), the round is closed and this combination becomes the winning one. If the player gets, for example, 9 and 6, the value of the cards is added to 15 but because the number ten is being changed into 0, the value of such combination is just 5.
Sometimes it is possible to get a third card, it depends on the added score of the first two.
The value of cards in Baccarat
• Ace = 1
• 2 to 9 = the nominal value stays the same as the card number
• 10, J, Q, K = 0
Types of Online Baccarat
a) Punto Banco
In this version, sometimes called Nevada Baccarat, the rules are given and it’s impossible to circumvent them. It’s specifically stated under which conditions it’s possible to draw a third card or to stick. It’s only chance and nothing else that decides on the winning. Punto Banco is most suitable for players who don’t want to think about the game too much and just want to “switch off”.
b) Chemin de Fer
Another variation of online Baccarat, and a firm favourite of Agent 007’s. The object of the game is for the players to bet against each other. One of the players has a bank and can decide on the sum to be put into the game. It’s played with 6 packs of cards and 8 to 12 players can play at the same time.
c) Baccarat Banque
This version of Baccarat differs the most from the others, most notably because it’s played at two tables simultaneously. The croupier sits in the middle of both tables, covers all the bets completely and in that fashion plays against both tables. The rules are very similar to Chemin de fer. Up to 10 players can play at the same time.
Advice and tips for online Baccarat
• Don’t bet on the tie
Even though the statistical likelihood of the tie is quoted to be in the ratio of 8:1, the statistic, especially in online Baccarat, is practically useless. That’s why it’s not recommended to bet on the tie.
• Bet on the banker
Instead of betting on a tie, it’s much better to bet on the banker, which is the choice made by the majority of experienced players. Betting on the banker pays out, even if – in the event of a win – the player has to give the banker 5%. The player wins a smaller amount, but wins more easily and more frequently.
• Don’t make any notes
There are many players in casinos and online casinos that take notes, but it’s not a good move. There’s only one certainty in online baccarat, and that is coincidence. That’s why it doesn’t make much sense to take notes.
• Don’t count cards
In many gambling games, especially in blackjack, players count cards, but in baccarat it doesn’t make sense. Baccarat experts have tried to count cards many times but they always come to the same conclusion: it is possible to count the cards, but it’s very complicated and the casino’s advantage is only lowered by a fraction of a percent.