How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is a popular card game played in casinos all over the world. The game is easy to learn and is full of suspense and excitement. Players place bets on either the Player or Banker hand. The goal is to guess whether the banker or player will win the round or not.

The game is played in a casino with a croupier (dealer). Eight 52-card packs are shuffled and dealt from a shoe, which releases one card at a time face down. The croupier stands at the table, and green felt covers the entire surface, with numbers marked on it that indicate where bets may be placed.

Players sit in a row of chairs, facing each other and the dealer, with their betting areas to the left and right. Each player’s stake is in his or her own half of the table, and bets are made on each hand by placing a chip on the appropriate area.

Unlike the American version, the European games use oblong chips called “plaques.” These are not real money, but instead look like real cash.

There are from seven to 14 seats on a baccarat table, depending on the version of the game and how many people are playing. The table itself is a large, rectangular table with green felt covering the entire surface. The numbers 1 to 12 are engraved on the felt, and players keep their money or chips in these numbered areas.

A baccarat hand begins with two cards, and a third can optionally be dealt. The values of the cards are summed, and the hand with the highest sum is the winner. This value is usually based on the number of cards in the hand, with court cards worth zero and other cards having face value.

The game is a lot like blackjack, with the difference that players are allowed to place bets on both the player’s and banker’s hands. The house has a 1.24% advantage over the player and a 1.06% edge over the banker, but this is offset by a 5% commission on winning bets on the banker’s hand.

Once a wager has been made, a card is dealt to the banker and a card to the player. The banker is required to put down a stake that is equal to the amount of the player’s stake. If a player’s stake exceeds the banker’s, the player is entitled to a draw. If the player draws, the banker’s hand is discarded and a new hand is dealt.

When the first two cards are dealt, a third card is dealt if the hand total is 8 or 9. This is known as a natural. This is a count of eight or nine, and it can make the player win immediately.

There are a few variations of the game, but all involve a player’s hand and a banker’s hand. The game can be played for very high stakes, and the dealer often sits in a special alcove, obstructing the action from the rest of the casino.