Some people say, incorrectly, in fact, that the aim of Baccarat is to get as close to the number 9 as possible. However, this is not really true. The aim is to bet correctly on either the banker or the player winning, possibly tying. Also, don’t be confused by the terms “bank” and “player” – they’re just names, and “player” doesn’t really have much to do with you actually playing. It’s just one of three possible bets. We know this sounds messy, so we’ll walk you through it in a simpler way;

    The game starts with you placing a bet. Click on the chips corresponding to the amount you want to bet. Then place these in one of the ‘Player’, ‘Banker’ or ‘Tie’ fields.

    Then click on “Deal”. Now two cards each are dealt to the player and the banker.

    The points are added up as follows: Aces have a value of one, numbered cards have their natural value, and face cards have a value of 0. The total score can never be higher than 9. So, for example, if you get two 5s, the total rolls over and becomes zero. If you get two 7s, the score becomes 4 and so on.

    What happens next depends on the totals of the players and the bank. If one of them has a “natural hand” (score of 8 or 9), the round is over and the player with the highest score wins. In case of a tie, the bet is returned, unless you bet on “Tie” – then you win 9:1.

Baccarat Strategy Quick Course

Don’t worry about studying the game 100%. It is, after all, still a casino game that pays out randomly. But there are a few rules of thumb that can help you on your way as a total beginner, so put these together with the points from the game’s walkthrough above, and you’ve got a clearly good start.

Game selection

Before you sit down to play Baccarat, you should scan the various tables available to choose from. The fewer decks used in the game and the lower the commission the bank takes when it finds, the better your odds will look. Single deck games are generally the best. Such games are virtually impossible to find in a regular casino but are usually available at most online casinos that offer Baccarat. Avoid eight-deck Baccarat if possible, as this gives players the worst odds. The house commission usually varies between 4 and 5%, so choose a game where the commission is on the lower end of the scale when you have the chance.

Bet selection

In Baccarat, you can choose between three different types of bets. You can bet on the banker’s hand, the player’s hand or on a draw. It can be tempting to vary your bets, but the recommendation is to bet only on the banker as this option pays the best dividends in the long run. Betting on the player offers marginally worse payoffs while betting on a tie is by far the worst option statistically.

Money Management & Discipline

These two factors determine how well you will succeed as a gambler. It is important to be aware that Baccarat is a game of chance where you need a bit of flax to win. With this in mind, it is especially important that you choose to manage your money in a consistent manner. It’s not a good idea to suddenly place high bets or take greater risks in a game like Baccarat. Decide how much to bet and stick to that amount. Use the minimum bet throughout the game. If you play your cards right, you’ll never lose more than you bargained for, and if you’re lucky, there’s a good chance of winning instead!

Free Baccarat

Baccarat has undeservedly gained a reputation as a game played only by and with rich people and with huge stakes. Many people with a more normal budget have therefore avoided and dismissed the game. However, thanks to the introduction of online gambling, this stigma has begun to fade. Nowadays, anyone can play Baccarat as there are several different bet levels and free versions that can be played online, even directly via mobile.

Now you know pretty much everything you need to know to play Baccarat as well as the “pros”, but it can definitely be worth giving the game a try in a test version until you’re warmed up and have got a feel for what it can be like to play with real money.