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The Truth About Baccarat
Land-based baccarat is one of the most exclusive, high roller games shrouded in mystery. In fact it had such high esteem that it was the preferred choice of the most debonair of cult figures, James Bond. Baccarat still enjoys this reputation with it being played in reserved, private lounges in Vegas and Macau.

The plain truth is, that despite its’ prestigious reputation it is as difficult as throwing dice. With online casinos, wherever you are in Canada, you can now test this fact for yourself. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised to find that the house edge (chances of the casino winning) is one of the lowest found in casino games, meaning the best for you as a player.

Basic Rules
Two hands are always dealt in baccarat – one to the “player” and one to the “banker”. These however are purely classification terms and do not directly relate to you as the player or to the house. Your betting task is to choose which hand will have the highest score- the highest score being 9- that of the player or of the banker, or if the hands will be tied. There are thus 3 possible outcomes: player wins, banker wins and tie.

Scoring Baccarat Cards
As is custom in black jack, the suits of the cards in baccarat hold no significance to the scoring.

  • In baccarat numbered cards are scored at face value, so for example 2=2 and 5=5.
  • Face/symbol cards have a value of zero, while aces have a value of 1.
  • If the score of your cards gets to double digits you drop the first digit and only count the far-right digit, so as an example, should you get a 10 and a 9, your double digit total is 19. If you drop the first digit and count the far right one, you get a score of 9.

 
Playing Sequence
In a consecutive draw sequence both the player and the banker will receive 2 cards. When either the player or the banker draws a hand equal to 8 or 9 in the first round, neither one receives a 3rd card and whoever draws this natural 8 or 9 is immediately declared the highest hand.

If the player’s hand has a value of 0-5 its’ hand will draw another card. If the value of the hand is above 5, no card is drawn and the hand stands. The draw then moves to the banker.

If the bankers initial hand is 7,8 or 9 it stands, and does not receive another card. Should it be 0,1 or 2 it draws a 3rd card. Outside of these draws set casino rules apply to when the banker draws.

  • If the banker’s first two cards total 3 it will draw again, EXCEPT when the player’s 3rd card is 8
  • If the banker’s first two cards total 4 it will draw again if the player’s 3rd card is 2, 3,4,5,6 or 7
  • If the banker’s first two cards total 5 it will draw again if the player’s 3rd card is 4,5,6, or 7
  • If the banker’s first two cards total 6 it will draw again if the player’s 3rd card is 6 or 7

 
Based on this scoring you’ll make your predictions and place your bets on who you think will get the winning hand or whether it will be a tie. If you bet on the player and the player’s hand wins, you’ll win even money (1:1). If you bet on the banker you get even money less 5%, (1:1-5%). Betting on a tie holds the possibility of getting a 9:1 win, but betting on tie is severely edged towards the house winning.

You are now ready to don your tuxedo, head over to our recommended baccarat suites and play your hand as cool as 007.