We’ve all been witness to the fantastic scenes in James Bond movies where huge winning bets are made at the Baccarat table. Playing Baccarat however, is incredibly easy and, after you’ve spent a few minutes reading our guide, you might not be a British Spy, but you’ll definitely be a Canadian gambling connoisseur.
Now, in the game of Baccarat, the first thing you need to know is that you can bet on either of two hands. The Player’s and the Banker’s. Bets must be placed on either one before cards will be dealt.
Now that the game is underway you need to know how cards are dealt. Two cards are dealt to both the Player and the Banker. The scores of these two cards will then need to be calculated. Tens and face cards are all worth zero. All other cards have face value, with the ace worth a one. If the total of the pair is greater than 10, then the second number is chosen. For example, a 9 and a 3 will equal 12, which then becomes 2. To win, the hand you’re betting on must get as close as possible to 9.
After the first two sets of cards have been dealt, if the point total is 8 or 9, it’s called a natural win. This ends the game and bets that have already been placed are cashed out.
If no natural win occurs, we then have to determine if a third card needs to be dealt to the Player. Excluding a natural win, a third card will only be drawn if the hand sits with a total of 0 to 5. If the hand is 6 or 7, no card will be drawn.
There are a few rules for the Banker’s third card at this point. They are as follows:
• If the Player stands pat (or draws no new cards), the Banker draws with a hand total of 0-5 and stays pat with a hand total of 6 or 7. All other hands are dependent on the third card the Player draws:
• If the Player’s third card is 9, 10, face-card or Ace, the Banker draws when he has a 0-3, and stays with a 4-7.
• If the Player’s third card is 8, the Banker draws when he has a 0-2, and stays with a 3-7.
• If the Player’s third card is 6 or 7, the Banker draws when he has a 0-6, and stays with a 7.
• If the Player’s third card is 4 or 5, the Banker draws when he has a 0-5, and stays with a 6-7.
• If the Player’s third card is 2 or 3, the Banker draws when he has a 0-4, and stays with a 5-7.
Once all the cards are dealt, a winning hand is calculated. See? Not so tough. With all you’ve learnt we hope to see you spend a little time online gambling at the tables at Red Flush casino!