How to Win at Baccarat


Baccarat (pronounced bah-cah-rah) is one of the most popular casino games in the world. It’s easy to play, fun, and has a low house edge. It also requires little skill to master, so it’s a great game for beginners.

The basic rules of Baccarat are simple: players bet on either the Player Hand or the Banker’s hand. The goal of the game is to form a hand whose point value is closer to 9 than the banker’s hand. The pips count as face value, pictures and tens are worth zero points, and only the last digit of the total counts.

A croupier deals the cards from a shoe, which contains eight 52-card packs. A large table is set up with green felt covering the entire surface, and numbers 1 to 12 are marked on it to indicate where bets can be placed.

Each of the player and banker hands is dealt two cards. If the players’ cards add up to 8 or 9, they place them face up and announce ‘la petite’ or ‘la grande’ for their hand. If they are equal, it’s a tie and their stakes are returned.

In some casinos, a third card is required to complete a hand for the player and banker. This is based on a number of factors that determine which hand needs the third card, and whether the player or banker has asked for the card.

The player can request a third card by saying “carte” or if they have no request, they call “pas de carte” or “non.” When the third card is drawn, it’s up to the dealer who decides which hand needs a third card and when.

A 5% commission is charged on winning Banker’s bets, which makes the game much more profitable for the casino. This commission is tracked by the dealer and collected for each winning Banker’s hand.

Baccarat is available in casinos worldwide and can be played online as well. There are many variations of the game and a lot of different ways to bet on it.

There are some basic strategies to help you win at Baccarat, and the most important thing is to play with as little money as possible. You can even play a few rounds to practice your strategy before you spend any real money on the game.

The croupier deals the cards from slits in the shoe, which holds eight 52-card packs, and the player can choose to bet on the Banker’s or the Player’s hand. The player may also choose to place a bet on the Tie.

In some casinos, a fourth player is added to the mix called the ‘Caller’. This croupier is tasked with dealing the cards for the entire round of Baccarat, as well as making the decisions about when to draw a third card.

There are several variations on the classic baccarat game and you can find them at any casino, including mini-baccarat. The most common variant is Punto Banco, which is now the most popular version of the game in casinos around the world. This version has a lower House Edge than its double-table counterpart, but is still not as safe to play.