This game is ideal for those who don’t like to play games with a thousand rules to remember as there are no complicated side bets and different hand values to memorize, so players of all levels will feel comfortable and able to kick back and enjoy themselves as the rules are fairly simple. As a matter of fact, there is a very limited amount of decision-making at all as what happens during the game is already pre-determined! You just have to have basic numeracy skills and be able to count to nine, and know the three bets you can make and you’re set for hours of enjoyment.
There are numbers outlined around the edge of the table, indicating the number of players. A regular Baccarat table will have 14 numbers marked 1-15, skipping the unlucky number 13. Above the player number you will see three boxes marked on the table. The first box closest to the player number is the player bet box, then the banker bet box, then the tie bet box furthest away from you. You choose one of the three boxes to place your betting chips.
The goal in Baccarat is to get as close to nine as possible, with nine being the highest hand. The dealer, also called the croupier will deal only two hands face down at first to the player and to the bank, and some situations will call for the croupier to deal a third card. This is regardless of the amount of players playing at the one time, and there can be a maximum amount of 14 players. Players bet for the banker or player to achieve a total closest to nine, or for a tie. You only have to decide how you would like to bet and how much you would like to place. A natural of 8 points is called Le Petit, a natural of 9 points is called le grande. If one of these totals is drawn with the first two dealt cards the le petit or le grande wins, the hand stands, and the round comes to an end. With cards of equal value there is a tie, and the game is also over.
The cards are worth their face value except for aces, which are worth one and picture cards, which are worth zero. When you count the value of the cards you have been given, only single digits are possible; after nine comes zero, one, two, etc. In other words, if a player has two and is dealt a 9, his total would be one. If he had six and was dealt an 8, the total would be 4. The easiest way to look at it is that you simply remove the tens place from any two digit number, so 18=8, 17=7, etc. If you are confused just remember the following:
• Aces will always count as 1.
• Numerical cards 2-9 will always equal their face value.
• Suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades) are irrelevant when counting card values.
• All face cards (queen, king, joker) and tens count as 0.
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