Playing Baccarat online simply requires a player to sign up in an online casino that has the game in its catalog. From the casino's menu, the player then chooses baccarat from the various fixtures listed. A player can opt either for the live option or a simple online game where there is no video stream.
The player expresses interest to play in a baccarat round by placing a wager at an online table. The wager is placed on one of two hands; the banker hand. Basically, the game is played between the two hands rather than between players or against the dealer.
The objective of the game is to correctly predict the hand that will return a card total of nine or nearest without going over. A wager may be also placed on a tie, which is an equal total for both the player and dealer hand.
The players have no control whatsoever over the cards drawn. Actually, at no point in a gaming round does the Baccarat player get to handle any cards. Rather, they control their bets by giving in or increasing the wager to keep the round going.
The two hands in a game of baccarat have different house edges that a player should keep in mind.
The game of Baccarat is played in any one of three versions: Player-banker (Punto Banco), Baccarat Banque, or Baccarat Chemin de Fer. Punto Banco is the most popular version in both online and physical casinos and is almost always simply referred to as Baccarat.
The game is played using one or several decks with all cards except jokers. Each card between 2 and 9 carries its actual value. The ace carries a value of one, while the other face cards have a value of zero.
The game is played by dealing one card to each hand, starting with the player hand. The cards are dealt face-up.
The croupier then deals a second to each hand, beginning with the player hand again. At that point, the hands are compared, and the return determines the next action of play. If either hand has a total of nine, it wins the round. If they are equal, the game ends as a tie and tie bets are paid out.
If neither of these occurs, the round continues, starting with a third card for the player. The player hand may also stand.
A total of cards exceeding nine is considered using the last number of the total. A hand with a five and a seven (total 12), is, for instance, considered a two.
Baccarat basic strategy
To understand the Baccarat strategy, one needs to first have an idea of the odds for different hands. The game is regarded as a mix of both the lowest and the highest house edges.
The player hand has a house edge of 1.24%. The banker hand appears more attractive with a 1.06% edge for the casino, while the tie bet has a giant 14.4% house edge. The banker, despite the low edge, is complicated because it attracts a 5% commission on any player winnings.
The tie, even with its huge house advantage, is tempting because it pays out 8-to-1 (9-to-1 in some countries), unlike the player and banker's 1-to-1 payout.
Most Baccarat player's most forefront strategy is to avoid the tie. Even in countries where the tie pays 9-to-1 (lowers the house edge by about 10%), the edge is still considered quite high and the possibility of a tie is pretty unlikely.
The banker hand is also one to shy from, mainly because of the commission it draws. Moreover, this hand is always dealt cards after the player and heavily dependent on the player.
Consequently, the player is considered the safest bet to place wagers on. The hand is however good when a player is planning to have a long gambling session as its winnings take time to accumulate.