To win in baccarat does not mean to beat your opponent, who is usually the dealer, virtual or real. Here you have to choose who wins: the participant, the dealer or nobody (a draw). The game can be played individually or with other participants. To win, you usually need to collect a number of points as close to nine as possible, for which two cards are enough. This is the standard point limit, which is determined by the sum of the denominations of the cards in your hands. This combination is called a natural combination. The game is played with several decks of cards (usually up to eight), the denominations are not the same as in poker or blackjack. All these nuances are learned in the course of the game, so it is better to start with the classic variations and demo mode.
The game is quite dynamic, you need to think fast and make decisive moves in time. Beginners need to learn how to count cards and keep statistics. This will be helped by choosing the right game, learning about its features and using the best strategy like card counting.
Varieties of the game – from classic to exotic
All variations of baccara from its classic forms and depend on the imagination of software developers. Companies Cryptologic, BetOnSoft, GamesOS, NetEnt, Microgaming release licensed development with baccarat, PlayTech also specializes in games with live dealers. In the three most classic varieties of the game: European Baccarat, Mini Baccarat and Punto Banco.
European Baccara is the very first version of the game, dating back to the 15th century. It necessarily has a dealer, the choice of the outcome of the game – in the form of bets on a particular sector: Player (Player), Bank (Bank), Tie (draw). Feature – the player at his discretion completes the third card, and the size of the bank depends on the rates of other participants in the current round.
Mini Baccara: the game table is slightly smaller than usual, designed to seven seats, where each participant has a separate sector. Bets are accepted in the same way as in the European version. Involved up to six decks of 52 cards. Denominations here are slightly different from other varieties.
Punto banko – a Spanish version of the game, popular in real casinos such as Macau. The game requires concentration and equanimity, because here you can give up yet a third card, which decides the outcome of the round. It is often used Martingale system, according to which in case of losing you need to double your bet, and after winning to return to its original size.
General rules and course of the game
Online baccarat differs from the usual (in real casinos) in that it is not necessary to try to beat your opponent or dealer. It is important to guess who will win and make a corresponding bet. The position “on the player” (or punto) is paid at a ratio of 1:1, “on the dealer” (or banco) – 19:20, that is 1:1, but with the deduction of 5% commission on winnings, “draw” gives a payment of 8:1, sometimes 9:1.
The value of cards in baccarat is non-standard: cards from a deuce to a nine give the corresponding number of points to their face value. An Ace yields one point; the other cards don’t count. At the same time overkill (more than nine) in the game can not be. If a player has more than nine points, ten points are subtracted from the sum. Thus, there can be from zero to nine.
Before the game, the participant makes a bet, taking into account the minimum and maximum betting limit. Then the croupier deals two cards each – himself and the user. When the player can immediately make a “natural” combination (eight or nine points), it is compared with the position of the dealer and the winner is determined. The third card is dealt when the player has less than six points. The banker’s actions will depend on the number of points received by the participant for the previous two cards:
A nine, a ten, or an ace gives the banker the right to take his third card if he has 0-3 points. If 4-7, there is no catch-up; Eight – the dealer takes a card at 0-2 points, does not take a card at 3-7; Six or seven – the dealer draws a card at 0-6 and does not draw at 7; Four or five-the banker takes a card at 0-5 points and does not take a card at 6-7; Two or three – the dealer deals himself a third card at 0-4 and does not deal at 5-7.
After all cards are dealt (two or three), the winning position is determined. In case of a draw, bets are returned, a small commission may be charged to the participant who bet on the banker’s win.