in a shoe using 6-8 decks of cards,
Baccarat can be played with up to 12
or 14 players.
have the pile of cards with the most
point value, as determined systematically
by the point value of the cards.
player and the dealer places a bet on
either the “banker” pile or the “player”
pile in essence betting on who they
think will win. Two hands are dealt
and the players and dealer bet on whom
they think will win this round or if
these piles will tie. 2 cards are dealt
for the “banker” and two cards are dealt
for the “player”. A third card can be
dealt if none of the piles have an 8
or 9 as their value and if it adheres
to the casino’s carefully outlined policies
on when a third card can be received.
If one bets on the “player”, he is paid
1:1 but if he bets on the “banker” he
is charged a 5% fee (sometimes can be
a little less depending on the casino).
The reason for this taxation is that
there is a statistical advantage to
betting on the “player” and this neutralizes
and face cards have no value. Any card
that is less then 10 is determined by
its face value and aces are worth 1.
If any deck reaches a two digit value,
only the second digit of the number
is counted i.e., if one deck reaches
15 then it is counted as 5.