This game is quite popular not only in the World, but all over the world, so the question of how to play baccarat arises among beginners quite often. In fact, this game is not as difficult to master as it might seem.
The origin of baccarat is quite old. According to historians, the game originated in the fifteenth century in Italy, from where it later came to France. Gradually, she gained more and more popularity, at first mainly among the aristocracy. The fact is that in those days the cards themselves had to be made by hand, so both cards and games in them were quite expensive entertainment that not everyone could afford.
The advent of the printing press changed this situation, and soon baccarat and other card games came out, so to speak, from the salons of wealthy aristocrats and became popular among the common people.
The further development of baccarat is typical for gambling of those times. Together with the settlers, she crossed the oceans, and ended up first in America, and then in the World. The modern version of baccarat, which is played in Mir, was finally formed in about 50-60 years of the twentieth century. Due to the fact that the casino has a very small advantage in terms of winning chances in baccarat, players appreciate this entertainment for the opportunity to get a solid win.
Baccarat rules and strategies
You need to start mastering baccarat by studying its rules. As mentioned above, they are not so difficult and become clear to any novice player literally from the first hand in which he takes part. The basics of the rules are as follows:
the main task of the player is to score nine points with his cards;
points are counted as follows – Ace gives one point, Ten, Jack, Queen and King – zero, and all other cards are counted at face value;
when calculating points from the amount, if it exceeds 9 points, 10 is subtracted (for example: 7 + 8 = 15, that is, we have 15 – 10 = 5 points);
an important feature of baccarat is that a player can bet on the victory of his hand, or on the victory of the “banker’s” hand, as well as on a draw.
The player and the banker are dealt two cards each, but in some cases a third may be added to them. The rules for the third card may differ slightly from casino to casino, but there are general patterns:
if the player has from 0 to 5 points with the first two cards, then the third card is automatically given to him;
if the sum of points on hand is more than five, the third card is not given;
the third card is issued to the banker according to the same rules, however, if the player receives the third card, the banker decides for himself whether or not to take an additional card.
As for the strategies for playing baccarat, then, surprisingly, it does not lend itself to any calculation that is accurate enough to confidently predict a win. The chances of winning the hands of the player and the banker are approximately equal, the chance of a draw is much lower, which is reflected in the payout rates for these events. There is evidence that counting cards out works well in baccarat, but an experienced player does not get a clear advantage. This suggests that baccarat can be equally supportive of both casino regulars and newbies.