Introduction to Baccarat

Baccarat is a game of chance that has simple game play and involves very little skill from the players. The game became famous as James Bond’s choice of game in the books produced by Ian Flemming. Originally, there are 14 seats at the baccarat table, numbered from 1 to 15, with number 13 being excluded to avoid bad luck from happening. There will be 3 dealers for each table, in which two of those dealers will deal with payouts and the third, also known as the croupier or caller who stands in the middle making the calls on each hand as they are dealt.

This game is normally played with either 6 or 8 packs of cards and the name of the game is derived from the Italian word called ‘baccara’, which means ‘zero’, which refers to the value given to all the face cards and tens – cards ace to nine retain their value, but tens and picture cards have no value.


If two cards have a combined worth of over 10, then 10 has to be subtracted leaving the remaining total of the card value eg: a hand of 7 and 8 does not equivalent 15, nevertheless 5. The cards are placed in a box called the shoe that’s in the charge of the dealer, but every player must bet the Bank when holding the shoe, though it may be declined and passed across to another player.
The game of Baccarat is so simple because all the player has to do is decide what type and amount to bet. Winning bets on the player are paid 1:1, winning bets on the banker pay 1:1 less a 5 percent commission and winning bets on a tie generally pay 8:1.

Once the cards are dealt with, the dealer takes over and announces the winner. There are 3 variations of this sport: Punto Banco, Baccarat banque and Baccarat Chemin de Fer.

Punto Banco – Each gets two cards, the value of which can be added together, and the Croupier calls the total.  The table of play is then utilized to decide on whether more cards will need to be drawn out. However, if the Banker and Player have the same hand total at the end of the arrangement, the croupier says ‘tie bets win’.

Baccarat banque – Three decks of cards are used in this version of the match, and the Banker remains the Banker until all of the cards have been dealt unless he wins or retires (he can retire at any point but has to state that the amount with which he is retiring).

Baccarat Chemin de Fer – Inside this game 6 decks of cards are used in drama. At the centre of the table there’s a shoe in which used cards are put. The cards are shuffled by the Croupier and taking some cards from the top of the shoe, he hands on the player to his immediate right, who is subsequently ‘Banker’, while the others are gamers. Any of those players may call ‘Banco’, which means that they want to play against the Bankers stake. The Banker buys two cards for himself, and two to get the participant — when the Bankers cards are greater, he wins the players bets and deals. But when the players are better, the banker has to pay each player the amount of his stake and the next player becomes Banker.