Two hands dealt containing two cards each. The object is to obtain a card count of
nine, face cards counting zero. Under certain circumstances, explained below, one
additional card may be drawn. The players at the table have the option before cards dealt
to bet which hand (player or banker) will win or if a tie occurs.
Although Baccarat has vast sums of money involved in many
casinos, they sometimes call the game complacent or boring. Especially boring is
Mini-baccarat, which is a fast paced game that involves NO skill. Face cards and tens
count zero, remaining cards count as face value, if totally more than 10, drop the first
digit to remain a single number. Card suit has nothing to do with this game. For example,
if a hand dealt contained two eights, the card count would be 6, not 16 because any number
10 or larger they remove the first digit.
We play baccarat from a shoe
containing eight decks of cards. The game starts with the players at the table wagering on
either the "Player" hand or the "Banker" hand and/or a tie. The terms
"Player" and "Banker" refer to the option of betting which hand, not a
particular player at the table. Despite number of human players at the table, they deal
only two hands per game.
Whether playing Baccarat or
Mini-Baccarat, the rules are the same, the only difference is they play the game faster in
Mini-Baccarat and the players at the table do not touch the cards. They play baccarat on a
larger table, nearly the same size as a crap table and the players are physically involved
in the game. Usually, most casinos have special areas for their baccarat games because of
the high limit betting.
Upon dealing the two hands, they would call either hand containing a number count
of 9, the game is over, this a natural nine. According to the chart provided, depending on
what your card count is, determines whether you can draw another card or stand. Ties do
occur and you can bet on this infrequent occurrence. When the "Player" or
"Banker" receives a hand totaling 8 or 9 they must stand.
"Players" hand is played
first, and must draw a third card if the hand totals 5 or less, otherwise the
"Players" hand stands. Once the "Players" hand stands, it is the
"Bankers" hand to play. If the "Players" hand draws a third card, the
"Banker" hand is determined from the chart provided. If the "Player"
hand stands on the original two cards, the "Banker" hand must draw a third card
if the hand totals 5 or less. The chart provided shows when the "Banker" hand
hits/draws (H) or stands (S).