A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Baccarat

Baccarat originated in 1490 and was played by the French nobility and later became a popular casino game in Vegas in 1959. Baccarat is pronounced bah-cah-rah, it has a silent t and comes from the Italian word baccarat, meaning zero.

Many people think that Baccarat is a complicated gambling online game to play, but it is actually a game of chance.

Baccarat is usually a favourite of high rollers, but now that it can be played online it is accessible for everyone to try out.  Baccarat players may also come across the term Punto Banco, which is a popular version of the game.

How to Play Baccarat Online

For players playing online casino New Zealand this popular card game is played using six or eight decks and the casino will decide if the players will deal the cards or if there will be a designated dealer.

When New Zealand players play Baccarat online there will be a virtual dealer which means the cards are dealt by the dealer.  Unlike Blackjack, the face cards and tens do not have a value and the suits do not feature.

Any cards that have a value lower than 10 are counted by their face value and an Ace is valued as one.  When playing Baccarat online only cards with single digits are counted and if the cards go into double digits the left digit is dropped.

For example if there are 2 cards adding up to 16 it is counted as 6.  The aim of playing Baccarat online is for the player to place a bet on the highest value hand.

Rules of the Game

Baccarat has two main bets, the banker or the player.  There is also a standoff bet but New Zealand players will find that this does not often occur.

Each player at the table, which includes the dealer, can place a bet on either the banker or the player.  The dealer will usually bet on the bank.  For a player who does not want to be a dealer he can pass the task to another player.

This player will remain as the dealer, but only if the bank is winning.  The task of dealing will move to another player if the player wins.  The dealer will deal two hands and players must place a bet on which hand will win or if there will be a tie.

The dealer will place two cards under the shoe (from where the cards are dealt) and will then pass the second card to the player who has placed the largest bet. Each hand that is dealt will have two cards.

If the cards total 8 or 9 it is called a natural and the player will stand.  If a player has less than 5 the player may hit or stand.  The player then looks at the cards and returns them to the dealer who will then announce the winner.  The cards with the highest value total will win.

In the game of Baccarat the losing bets are first collected and then the winners receive their winnings.

For New Zealand players the option of playing Baccarat online for free will be helpful when familiarising themselves with the rules of the game as well as how to place bets online.