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Baccarat is one of those quirky casino games that has stood the test of time by being remarkably simple to play once you get the hang of the first few hands, but entertaining enough to keep on coming back for more. We’ve got the original, classic version of the game here for you to play, meaning that if you’re a veteran player then you can dive straight into the action, safe in the knowledge that all of the options that you’re used to are present and correct. If you haven’t played before, but like to play all of the classic games, then read on as we’ve got everything you need to know about becoming a winner sooner rather than later!
The basic concept behind Baccarat is to predict whether the player or the dealer will win, with the added boon of being able to back the tie. It is possible to place a bet on one or more of these outcomes, although as you’d expect, backing all three at once is effectively a road to nowhere as only one can happen in each game. When your bets are placed, the game begins. Both the player and the bank are dealt two cards. The point value of the hand is determind by the second number of the total of the cards in play. For example, a hand containing a seven and a six makes for a total of thirteen and, as per the rules of the game, that hand is therefore worth three overall.
All face cards are worth ten for the purposes of these hands, meaning that the value of a hand will always be somewhere between zero and nine. If the player or the bank holds cards that are worth eight or nine then the game immediately comes to an end, with players being paid out on whatever outcome they have backed such an occurrence allows for any of the three options to ring true. If this is not the case, then the focus shifts to the player’s hand. A hand of six or seven requires the player to stand, meaning that the building of their hand is complete. However, anything less than six requires the player to draw a single, additional card to complete their hand. It is then the turn of the bank to act and both their own cards and the third card drawn by the player are important in determining how the action proceeds.
If their existing hand is worth seven, then they stand automatically, but their own hand value and the value of the player’s third card determines how they proceed from there. Their total hand value is compared to that of the third card and the bank will draw if their current hand is lower than seven, but currently losing to the player’s hand. Pay outs are determined initially by the player backing the correct outcome and then by the result itself, with players paid according to the likelihood of the various results. Backing the player pays out at evens, while successfully backing the banker pays at 0.95/1. The fact that a tie is relatively rare is reflected in the fact that correctly backing this result will pay out eight times the player’s bet.