Baccarat, also known as Punto Banco, originated in the late 1400’s. It was reputed to be a favourite amongst aristocrats due to being played at high stakes, and often in a separate room away from regular punters. Today, this strategic card game is equally popular amongst high- and regular rollers alike, and thanks to modern technology can be played directly from your PC or mobile device in different types of variations.
Where to play the best Baccarat online
- Est. 2017 | Licensed in Curacao
- SSL Security on all deposits
- Accepts Bitcoin
How to play
- Baccarat is played on a table roughly the same size as a craps table.
- 3 Dealers are required and a playing session can include up to 14 players.
- Before play kicks off, players need to decide whether to bet on the banker (banco), the player (punto) or a tie, and then simply watch the action unfold during the actual game.
- The objective is to bet for the side that scores the closest to a 9 point total.
- Card values in Baccarat are:
- Ace = 1
- 2 to 9 = face value
- 10, Jack, Queen and King = 0
- Two hands are dealt, sometimes by players in turn, sometimes by the dealer only. Depends on the casino.
- Players then have to bet which side will win or if there will be a tie.
- Players can choose not to deal and pass the deck on, but each player, including the dealer, has to bet.
- When the bank wins, the dealership remains with the player, and when the player wins the dealership is passed on.
- Each hand is made up of either 2 or 3 cards. 2 cards are placed face down under the dealer-shoe, and 2 are handed face down to the player who wagered the most on a player (punto) win.
- The punto player hands the cards back to the dealer after looking at them, and one of the dealers will announce the winner.
- The game is structured in such a way that players can never go bust and overreach 9; The ten value of each hand falls away and only the last number is in play. So where a 7 and 9 is dealt together the total becomes 6 instead of 16.
- In cases where either the bank or a player is dealt an 8 or 9 face card, the hand becomes “neutral” and no further card is added.
- A tie is announced should the value be the same on each end, and when neither party have reached either tie or neutral, a third card needs to be dealt. There are very specific rules attached to third-card deals, and it can only occur when:
- A hand is declared neutral.
- A players’ hand value is less than or equal to 5.
- A player refuses a third card, then the bank’s hand will stand on 6, but will draw a third card on 5 or less.
- The bank’s total is 2 or less, irrespective of the player’s third card.
- The bank’s total is 3, unless the player’s third card is 8.
- The bank’s total is 4, unless the player’s third card is 0, 1, 8 or 9.
- The bank’s tot al is 5, and the player’s third card is 4, 5, 6 or 7.
- The bank’s total is 6, and the player’s third card is 6 or 7.
- The bank stands on a total of 7.