Baccarat is a really simple casino card game to play, but really hard to understand at first. Since it's so hard to understand and follow, I'll try to present them in the most simple way possible.
Baccarat has a few variations. The one described here is the most common one, called Punto Banco. It's played with multiple decks (4, 6 or more) and there is a set number of players (usually 6). People around the table can usually also bet, but sometimes the croupiers have to allow them to participate first. The classic baccarat game has 3 dealers running it, but there are smaller games with only one dealer too.
The object of the game is to win money:), but you don't necessarily have to actually have the winning hand or even play in the game.
All players get 2 cards and the dealer(bank) gets 2 cards. There are set rules on when someone gets the third card(you don't need to know these to play, since the dealer do everything automatically):
At the end, the winning hands are the ones that are better than the bank's hand. The closer the value of the hand is to 9, the better. If a player and the bank have the same hand, it's a tie and they get the bets back.
If a value of a hand exceeds 9, then only the second digit counts.
Here's the fun part. You don't have to bet on your own hand, instead you can bet on the bank.
People that are not playing can also bet on players hands or on the bank.
The only thing is, if you bet on the bank, you have to pay a 5% commission when the bank wins.
All winning bets are doubled and the house takes all the losing bets.
There are a bunch of different formalities that apply in closed off high roller games, but they don't really have an impact on the actual game. Here are some of them:
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