How to Play Baccarat


Baccarat is one of the most popular games in casinos. It is a casino game that has a low house edge and is favoured by high-rollers. It is also a slow-moving game that requires concentration.

How to Play the Game

Before each round of a game, the player who wishes to play as banker receives the shoe from which the cards are dealt under the croupier’s instruction. The banker must put up a stake and the other players bet against him. If a player loses, that player forfeits his stake. The player then wins if the total of his hands is higher than the banker’s, or if they are equal, it is a tie and the players’ stakes are returned.

The Bank Hand and the Player Hand are dealt two cards each, usually in a six- or eight-deck shoe. The cards are shuffled before being dealt, and they are not mixed. The card values are as follows: the ace is worth one, the face value of all other cards is nine, and all 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings have a zero value.

If neither the player nor the banker is dealt a total of 8 or 9 in the first two cards (known as a “natural”), then their hands are compared according to decision tables. If the Player’s hand is 5, 6, or 7, then they draw a third card; if the Banker’s hand is 6, 8, or 9, then they stand pat.

Once both the Player and Banker’s cards have been compared, the player who called ‘banco’ is the first player in order to place a bet of any amount against the banker. If no one calls ‘banco’, the banker’s turn is followed by each player in counter-clockwise rotation.

When a player’s bet makes the total of their hands equal to the banker’s, that player can no longer call ‘banco’. If no player calls ‘banco’, the banker’s stake is re-set to whatever was in the bank before it was withdrawn.

The game has its roots in Macao, a similar card game which first appeared in Europe during the 18th century. Its name and rules suggest that it was brought to Europe by sailors returning from Asia.

This game was very popular for all classes and became a staple in European casinos. However, its popularity declined after the 20th century.

Modern Baccarat is a streamlined version of the original game and can be played in casinos across the world. It has been adapted to be played on computer chips and is a house-backed game.

Baccarat is a casino game that was originally played in France. The earliest recorded description of the game is in an album of games published in Paris by Charles Van-Tenac in 1847.

The game was first portrayed in movies in the early 1950s, including Casino Royale and Thunderball. In these films, the game is often featured as a symbol of James Bond’s ruthlessness.

In some of these movies, a character plays the game to cover for his friend who is in debt, or as a way of losing control. For example, in the 2007 film Rush Hour 3, a character called Carter first tries to play baccarat in Paris and loses his bankroll. But he is helped by his girlfriend Genevieve who covers for him. The game is also used in a 1956 French heist film, Bob le flambeur, where the protagonist gambles with extraordinary luck and loses track of time.