Baccarat is a very simple game to play
with no decisions made after a bet is placed. There are three bets
available: The Player’s hand, the Banker’s hand, or a Tie. The winning
hand is the hand that holds two or three cards totaling closest to nine. A
bet on the Player pays even money. A bet on the Banker pays even money
minus a 5% house commission. A bet on a Tie pays 8 to 1.
In the classic game of Baccarat the deal
rotates among the players. Even though the player dealing is acting as the
Banker, he is not obligated to bet on the Banker’s hand. In Mini
Baccarat a casino dealer handles the deal. After players make their bets
the dealer deals a two-card hand to the Banker and Player. A Tie at any
point in the game ends the hand and pays Tie bets. If either hand dealt is
a total of 9, it is called a “Natural” and automatically wins. If
neither hand is 9 a hand with a total of 8 is a Natural winner. Natural
hands always immediately win or Tie (although a 9 beats an 8).