How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is a card game that has been played for over 500 years and is still played in casinos around the world. The game is very simple to play and the house edge is one of the lowest in the casino. It’s also a very exciting and entertaining game to play!

The game of Baccarat is based on the Italian card game of baccara, which was first played in medieval Italy and became popular with aristocrats and upper class people. Today, the most common Baccarat variant is Punto Banco, but there are several other versions of the game.

During the game, players sit around two halves of a table. They make their wagers on either the Banker or Player hand. The Banker’s hand is then exposed and compared to each of the player hands. If a tie occurs, all of the bets are returned to the players.

In a game of Baccarat, the player or the banker will be dealt two cards. The two card sums are summed and the player or the banker will win if their total is within a certain range, called a “natural” total. This will depend on the number of cards they are dealt in the first two rounds.

The player or the banker will then draw a third card, depending on their hand. The player will draw a third card if their hand is between 5 and 7 and the banker will draw if their hand is between 4 and 7.

If no hand is dealt a total of 8 or 9 in the first two cards, the player will consult the tableau to see if they need to draw a third card. They will then do so if they need to draw and stand if they need to stand.

When the player draws a third card, their second card is now discarded. This discard is then placed in a discard bowl under the table. The croupier will then call out the player’s third card, which is then shown on the tableau labeled Player.

Once the player has drawn a third card, the shoe is moved to the next person in the clockwise direction around the table. This is a standard procedure at most casinos, but it can vary. The croupier will also announce the total of the banker’s hand, which will be the same as the player’s hand.

A player may call “carte” if their hand total is zero or less (called a natural total), and they have not placed any bets against the banker. They may also call “non” if their hand total is 6 or 7 and they have placed any bets against the banker.

The banker will then look at their own two cards, and decide whether to stand or draw a third card. If the banker stands, he will place his hand on the layout labeled Bank and the player on the layout Player.

If the banker draws a third card, the shoe will be placed back on the player’s side of the table. The player and the banker will then reveal their hand, and the higher valued hand wins.