Baccarat, also known as Punto Banco (which is in fact a game variation of Baccarat), is an exciting, but at the same time fairly simple, casino game. You don’t really have to do anything, except placing your bet on one of three options; Bank, Player, or Tie. We will explain the baccarat rules in detail on this page. After you’ve studied the rules, you can find tips on how to play baccarat at our baccarat strategy and tips pages.
In most casinos, the game played at the Baccarat tables is Punto Banco. We will therefore explain the rules of Punto Banco.
To start off, the goal in baccarat is to get more points than your opponent; the dealer or groupier. The highest number of points you can get is nine. Fun fact about baccarat is that it’s named after the worst hand you can get, which is 0. As opposed to blackjack, the game gets it’s name from the worst possible option, instead of the best.
In Baccarat, players can bet on three options: player, banker, or tie. It’s important to know that a player can bet on banker. Banker is in this case not the dealer or the casino, just the name for one of two hands.
At this point the Baccarat rules come into effect, to decide the next move: whether more cards will be dealt, based on the total score in both hands. Let's see what happens in the different options below:
As we stated before: baccarat rules are simple. So, does it all come down to luck? Well, yes and no. The trick is to place your bet in the best possible way. Learn more on baccarat strategy!
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