How to Bet on Baccarat


Baccarat (pronounced bah-kah-ra) is one of the most beloved casino games around. With its combination of simplicity and complexity, baccarat makes an engaging challenge to both newcomers as well as experienced vets alike. Before wagering real money on any form of baccarat gaming, it is essential to fully grasp how it works; this article will go through its fundamentals so that you can make informed decisions regarding where and when you place bets.

Baccarat requires players to predict which hand – Banker, Player or Tie – will have the highest total value and therefore win. Before betting begins, players must place bets before cards are distributed; bets can then be adjusted after every round. Once cards have been dealt to both hands by a dealer, winner is determined by which total is closest to nine; picture cards and tens count as zero points while aces count as one point; values calculated by adding individual pip totals while subtracting the tens digit from 9.

After placing their bets, players watch as the dealer deals two hands of cards to each player. A score card is then flipped, and whichever hand accumulated the highest total wins. A small percentage of winnings from Banker bet is then paid back to the casino as commission – depending on which casino it may even exceed 5%!

Beginners to baccarat can begin their game easily by learning its rules and bet-making processes. As soon as you become acquainted with these things, bet-making should become second nature – remembering that Banker always has an edge over Player or tie bets to reduce this advantage by betting either Banker or Player instead of betting tie bets! To minimize this edge further, consider betting either Banker or Player instead when placing bets to maximize success!

Learning to bet on baccarat can be easier by watching someone else play it, such as this video featuring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp from GoldenEye (1995).

As you will observe, winnings for both Banker and Player bets are almost equivalent, while there may be some variance in odds for tie bets. To increase your odds of success and reduce risk it is wise to steer clear of tie betting; as it only offers eight-to-1 returns which do not improve chances of victory.

Banker hands will win 45.8 of rounds while Player hands win 44.6%; there will be one tie bet per 9.6% of rounds, so if you are leaning towards betting Bankers it may be more advantageous to opt out of placing tie bets altogether and place all your bets solely on Bankers; this gives a greater chance of success and greater long-term profits, plus has lower house edge than when choosing Player or Tie hands.