Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is one of the most popular and glamorous casino games. It has been played for centuries in Italy and France, and is now a highly popular game in high roller casinos worldwide. It is also available as an online game and a mobile app.

The game involves a number of standard 52-card decks shuffled together into a shoe. Each card in the shoe has a numerical value. The 2s through 9s count as face value, tens and picture cards as zero, and the ace counts 1.

Each player on the table takes a turn to be the active player. When the active player wins a coup they continue to play for that side of the table in the next coup, and if they lose they pass the hand on to the next person in counter-clockwise rotation around the table.

Players on each side of the table put up stakes and place their bets against the banker. If the total amount staked by all players is less than the banker’s stake, a deal is made.

Two cards are initially dealt to the Bank hand and two cards to the Player hand, sometimes with a third card being added if the house rules allow it. The objective is to guess which of the two hands will be closest to nine on the next hand.

There are several types of baccarat tables, including mini-baccarat, midi-baccarat and full size (or big) baccarat. The full-size baccarat table is usually located in the high-roller pit; it can accommodate up to 14 players, and stakes are very high.

Depending on the casino, some baccarat tables are small and only seat a few players. These are often called “mini-baccarat” or “midi-baccarat” and are located in the main casino.

The game is usually played with 8 or more decks of cards from a dealing shoe, although six-deck baccarat is now common. When playing baccarat online, it is possible to use a calculator to calculate the odds of each bet.

Before a hand is dealt, the player’s two cards are placed face up. The banker’s cards are turned face up as well, and the players’ hands are compared. If the players’ hands are higher than the banker’s, they win the deal; if the two hands are equal, it is a tie and the players’ stakes are returned to them.

Each player’s bet on a Bank Hand is made by laying down their chips on the winning side of the Bank Hand. If the Bank Hand is won, the player’s bets are paid out at a rate of 1 to 1, and the player keeps their original chip amount.

There is a fourth option, known as the Tie bet. This bet is not accepted by most casinos and has a significant edge for the casino over the other two bets. It is recommended to avoid the Tie bet, if you want to win a baccarat game.

The majority of baccarat games are punto banco, in which the croupier deals out both the banker and player hands in each coup. Punto banco is the most popular version of baccarat, especially in casinos in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Macau.