Baccarat is not too different from Blackjack- they are both popular table games that involve drawing of cards.
But Baccarat is a bit more complicated than Blackjack. The game pits a player against a banker, with the objective being to draw a hand value that is as close as possible to 9. You can either bet on the player, or the banker, or on a tie.
One of the main differences between Baccarat and Blackjack is in the valuation of the cards. In Baccarat, 2-9 are taken at face value, but if your total crosses into double digits, the hand value becomes the digit on the right.
For instance, if your cards total 15, your hand value is taken to be 5, 17 is taken as 7, and so on. Face cards (K, Q and J) are valued as 0, while Ace is taken as 1.
The aim of both the player and the banker is to get a hand value as close as possible to nine after the first two cards are dealt. If either the player or the banker reaches a value of 8 or 9, he is declared the winner in what is termed a ‘natural’ win. In this case, the game is over and bets are cashed out.
Although Baccarat is a bit more complicated, once you get the hang of it, you will find it very simple!
If there is no “natural” win after two hands, either the player or the banker or both may be required to draw a third hand, depending on the value of the first two hands. This is where the game gets more complicated for beginners, as it is subject to certain laid down rules. So, take your time to go through these rules to have a perfect understanding of how to play.
As usual, you can always make your mistakes in free play mode, perfect your skills, before diving into the deep end of online gambling. Baccarat is primarily a game of luck, as you have absolutely no control over the drawing of hands, or the outcome, obviously!
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