Rules and Strategies for Casino
game of Baccarat has been romaticised by the Casinos as
a high roller game played behind felt ropes and closely
monitered by well dressed men and women and attended by
security guards. For all the glamour and mystique it is
still a rather simple game.
Baccara is particularly popular in European Casinos, probably
because the perception that it is a high roller game,
make no mistake the stakes can be very high. The word
baccarat comes from the Italian baccara, which means zero.
Walking by a baccarat table gives one the impression of
elegance and a lot of money, mere mortals watch from a
distance as the dealers and shills ply their trade.
Perhaps the hardest thing about Baccarat is knowing how
to pronounce the word. Its "bah-caw-rah",
not "back-a-rat". Baccarat is one of the easiest
table game to play. Its the most uncomplicated game
there is. All you need to decide is whether to bet on
"bank", "player" or "tie".
(Betting "tie" is not recommended, the house
edge is too high). Except for the tie bet, Baccarat has
a very low house edge 1.36 % if you bet on Player
and 1.17% for bets on Banker.
While the rules may seem a bit confusing, keep in mind
that there really is no need to know them precisely. Its
pretty much a game of chance, all you really have to do
is decide which hand you think will win, and bet accordingly.
However, knowing the basic rules will certainly help you
follow what is going on, making the game a lot more enjoyable.
Two hands are dealt, one for the "player" and
one for the "banker". You can bet on one or
the other. If the hand you bet on wins, you receive a
1 to 1 (even money) payoff. You can also bet that the
hands will tie, but as mentioned above, it is not recommended.
You receive an 8 to1 payoff, but ties occur less than
once out of every ten hands, making the tie bet a poor
At the start, each hand receives two cards. When necessary,
additional cards are drawn according to the rules. The
hand closest to 9 wins.
Tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings count 0.
The Ace counts 1
cards 2 through 9 are at face value.
The hand that comes closest to a count of 9 wins. Hands
dont bust like in Blackjack, because the first digit
of a two-digit number is always dropped. For example,
if 5 and 7 are drawn for a total of 12, the count is 2.
When there is a tie, nobody loses.
If the first two cards total 8 or 9, the hand is called
a "natural" and it wins automatically, unless
both hands have equal value "naturals", in which
case its a tie. If neither hand has a natural additional
cards are drawn to determine a winner.
Banker and player bets pay even money when you win. However,
winning banker bets are subject to a 5% house commission.
Even after paying a 5% commission on winning banker bets,
betting on "banker" is still a slightly (0.19%
to be exact) better proposition than betting on "player".
Banker hands win more often.
All bets are made before the cards are dealt. In live
games every player at the table gets a chance to deal
the cards, but you dont have to deal, just pass
the shoe to the next player.
The 1 3 2 6 Betting System for Baccarat
In the long-run, the odds favor the casino and no betting
system can change that fact. But that is not to say that
this systems cant work beautifully in the short
What makes the 1 3 2 6 system attractive
is that you risk only two betting units for a chance to
win ten units. You can make a nice profit with a minimal
The first bet is one unit, if you win, add another unit,
making the second bet a total of three units. If you win
the second bet, there are 6 units on the table. Remove
four units, making your third bet two units. If it wins
add two more units, making it a total of six units for
your fourth bet. If the fourth bet wins youll collect
a total of 12 units, of which ten units are profit!
If you lose the first bet, the loss is one unit. Assuming
you win the first, but lose the second bet, your net loss
is two units. If you win the second, but lose the third
bet, you have a profit of two units. If you win the first
three bets but lose the fourth bet, you'll break even.
If you lose the second bet five out of six times and win
four consecutive bets once, youll be right back
to even. You can also use this system for even-money betting
at any other casino game.