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Baccarat: The Basic Play
by Wilson of Predictem.com

In Baccarat and Mini-Baccarat the dealer begins by dealing two cards each to the player and the banker. The cards are dealt face up. The object of the game is to bet on the winning hand.

After the first two cards are dealt the call man, a casino employee, will indicate who needs to have another card dealt to them. Both the player and the banker are trying get a hand that totals closest to nine points.

In Baccarat if a player is dealt a two card total of eight or nine it is known as a natural. A natural is an automatic winner. However, a natural nine will beat a natural eight as nine is the higher number.

If either player or banker has a natural the hand ends. But if neither player nor banker has a natural then the dealer or call man will determine who should receive another card. The dealer must play the player's hand first, and then the banker.


Let's look at how the basic rules of play are conducted. If a player's two-card total is zero up to the number five then the player must draw another card.

The player must stand if they have a two-card total of six or seven. If the player's two-card total is eight or nine, which is a natural, they must stand.

The banker hand is played based on how the player hand was played. So, if the player draws a natural on the first two cards then the banker will not draw a card. If the player hand stands on a six or seven the banker will do the following based on what two-card total he has drawn.

If the banker scores a zero through five he must draw a card. If the banker's two-card total is six or more he must stand.

Now, if the player must draw a third card then the banker must do the following based on the player's third card: If the banker has two or less he will always draw.

If the banker has a total of three he will draw if the player's third card is an ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, nine, or ten.

If the banker has a total of four he will draw if the player's third card is a two, three, four, five, six, or seven.

If the banker has a five he will draw on the player's four, five, six, or seven.

On a six, the banker will draw if the player's third card is a six, or seven.

And if the banker's two-card total is a seven he will always stand.

Finally, when both hands have been played the one closer to nine will win that hand. The dealer will pay the players who bet on the winning hand. In case of a tie the dealer will pay those who bet on a tie. If a tie does occur then all wagers on the player and banker will be considered pushes and no money is lost.

The payoffs on all three bets are as follows: a bet on the player hand to win will pay even money, so if you bet $5 you will win $5. A bet on the banker will pay even money minus a 5 percent commission because the bank has a slight advantage over the player. So, if you bet $5 on banker and won you would receive $4.75. A bet on a tie will be paid off at either nine to one or eight to one depending on the casino. The tie wager is the worst wager to make in Baccarat as the chances of winning this wager are slim at usually ten to one.

There you have it, it may seem confusing at first, but really, you don't have to do any calculating at all because the dealer or call man does all the work for you. For a great list of online baccarat options, check out realmoneyaction.com. Luck to ya.


Live Baccarat Lets Everyone Experience the Glamour at BetAnySports
by Charles Jay, Predictem.com

Baccarat is often one of the most misunderstood games in a casino, and for that reason it probably doesn't get the amount of traffic it should. But there is a revival of this game, not just as it is played in an online casino, but as it is played in a live dealer casino. For our purposes, that live casino is housed at 5Dimes.

The prominent association with baccarat is usually that of glamour, and one can easily have images of Sean Connery as James Bond, playing a few high-risk hands against the house (and usually winning, of course), while on assignment from Her Majesty's Secret Service. And with that image, the "common" player may not think that the game is appropriate for him or her.

Well, that is not the case at all. While it is indeed true that baccarat customarily carries higher minimums and maximums than any of the other casino games, it is also an accessible game where the general principles are relatively easy to grasp.

When this game is played at the "live" level, it is infinitely more exciting. If you have ever been to a brick and mortar casino, you are well aware of this. And you will truly appreciate the way the game is being played at the live dealer casino at BetAnySports.

When we say "live dealer," we really mean it, This is not one of those games where you have an animated dealer making believe she is talking to you. The live dealer casino takes you to a website and presents you with a dazzling video interface where a dealer is waiting for you at a remote physical location. This attractive dealer then deals TO YOU in real time, with all of the results appearing instantly on your computer screen! The dealer will greet you, live and in person, and you can conduct chats with the dealer, and the other players, throughout the game.

THIS is the best way to play the game, and customers who have been through the process of the live dealer casino will tell you that. This is a great setting for novices,  believe it or not, because you will be able to take a look at the rules, log into the action, and get help as needed if you have any questions. And there's no need to be intimidated by the surroundings.

If you know your way around a baccarat table, or even if you don't, you're going to get the most out of your game at the 5Dimes live dealer casino!

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Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed. ~ Mark Twain