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The object of this straightforward game is to place a bet on the hand which will get a point total closest to 9.
The best outcome is if you get 9 with your first 2 cards. Eight is good too and it also counts as a natural hand.
There are two hands given out: the hand of the Banker and player's hand. Both the banker and the player are dealt two cards, and depending on the value of the hand, might be dealt a third in either case.
The task for you as a player is to place a bet on the banker's hand, the player's hand, or a push, which means that the two hands are tied.
Baccarat odds are quite low. If you bet on player, the house edge is 1.36%. If you bet on banker the house edge is 1.17%.
Each player deals with 3 areas to bet at, corresponding to the choice when the game starts: "Banker", "Player" or "Tie".
Payouts are understandable. If you bet on Player's hand, the payout is 1:1. If you bet on Banker’s hand, the payoff is as well 1 : 1 but mind that the casino has 5% commission on this outcome. If you bet on a Tie, you are paid 8 to 1. The min bet is one dollar and max is $500.
Baccarat starts when the dealer gives out 4 cards: two for the Banker and the Player. In case that the total of either or both sides equals 9 or 8, no cards are dealt anymore. If both sides have the same point total, it is a tie. But in the case the hand of the Banker or the Player doesn’t add up to a “natural” or when tie does not happen, another card is dealt but under certain rules: