This is a table game which is usually played at casinos. (Punto Banco) North American Baccarat, Baccarat Chemin De Fer, and Baccarat Banque are the variants of this type of the game. North American Baccarat does not involve skill or strategy. The house advantage of winning this game is not lower than one percentage.
In playing this game there must comparisons to be made between the hands of the player and that of the dealer. The possible outcomes of each of the coup of this game are three. These outcomes include the ‘’player’’, ‘’banker’’ and the ‘’tie’’.
The game was first introduced in France during the 19th century. Other games which are similar to this game came into before it. Such games include Macao, Oicho-Kabu and Gabo Jaggi.
Baccarat (card game) casino game
Valuations of hands of the game
Cards in this game have a point value. Cards from 2 to 9 are worth face value while cards 10s, Js, Qs, and Ks all don’t have value. Aces cards are equivalent to one point. Jokers’ cards are not used in this game. The valuation of hands in this game is done according to the rightmost digit after addition of the card values. A hand which is comprised of 1 and 3 is equivalent to 4 in value while a hand that contains cards with values of 5 and 7 the value for such a hand is equivalent to a value of 2, i.e. after addition the answer is 12 but the rightmost digit which is the value of the hand is 2. The highest value of a hand in this game is 9.
This is the most variants of baccarat games played in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Finland, and Macau. In other countries, this type of the game is called tableau.
The players are issued with cards from a shoe which contains 4, 6, or 8 decks of cards that are shuffled all. For each and every cup of this game, two cards are issued while facing up. The dealer can, therefore, call for the total. When the player or the dealer or both have achieved a total of 8 or 9 at this stage of the game then the coup comes to an end and the outcomes of the game are therefore declared to reveal the winner if any. At this stage if neither of the player nor the dealer managed to score either 8 or 9 then there are certain rules to be applied in order to determine if the player can be issued with a third card, such rules are called drawing rules. After the card is issued to the player then same rules are applied to see if the banker can also be issued with a third card basing on the rank of the card issued to the player. After all of this has happened, the coup is ended and there will be an announcement of the results and thus prize is awarded to the winner.
Tableau of drawing rules
If both the player and the banker were not dealt with first two cards with a total of 8 or 9 then consultations for player’s rule then banker’s rule must be made on the tableau.
When the total of cards of the player ranges from 0 to 5 then player has to draw a third card but if the total is in the range of 6 to 7 the player stands.
If the player stood, then regarding on the hand of the banker, he acts the same way as the player’s rule.
When the player drew a third card then more complex rules applied
For example, if the cards were drawn is
- 2 or 3 the banker stand with 6/7 and draws with 0-5.
- Six/seven banker stand with 7 and draws with 0-6.