Baccarat is a casino card game. It is in some ways similar to BlackJack, and it enjoys increased popularity due to simple rules.
Many of the simple rules to play Baccarat are in relations to the BlackJack game. Baccarat is rapidly becoming a popular game at both land and online casino.
There are three variants of this game: baccarat chemin de fer (railway), baccarat banque (or à deux tableaux), and punto banco (or North American baccarat). Punto banco is a game of chance, with no skill or strategy involved; in this variant each player’s moves are forced by the cards the player is dealt. In baccarat chemin de fer and baccarat banque, players can make choices, which makes it skill game as well.
Baccarat has only three possible results – ‘Player’, ‘Banker’ or ‘Tie’. The term ‘Player’ does not refer to the customer and the term ‘Banker’ does not refer to the house. They are just options on which the customer can bet.
Baccarat table has a simple layout (as seen in the enclosed image). It mainly consists of player seating positions (marked by numbers), and another 3 betting rows going round the baccarat table.
The 3 betting rows are called Players (the first line after the numbers marking the seat position, where chips on the player hand are set), Bankers (the second betting row where chips on the bank hand are set) and Tie bet (third betting row, the closest to the center of the table, are marked with each player’s seating position – on this row the tie bet chips are set). To the middle of the table there are 15 more small cells where commission fees on bank hand wins are tracked. Before a player leave the baccarat table, is required to pay the commission fees to the caller.
Baccarat has 3 dealers present at the table, similar to Craps. Two of these dealers are standing near the commission fee cells, and take care of betting on their own side of the table. On the opposite side of the table, there is the third dealer, also called baccarat caller. Dealers are the one dealing the cards.
Read here the full step by step guide for playing baccarat.