For all the sophistication 007 exudes, it’s a remarkably simple game and it probably takes more time to get his martini shaken than it does to learn the rules. Its simplicity makes it the best game for beginners to get into as they can pick up the relatively few intricacies fairly quickly.
The idea of the game is simply to get as close to a total value of nine, based on two cards drawn to both the player and the banker, who deals.
If you’re unsure of the rules, it’s not difficult. Aces, tens and face cards have a value of zero and cards two to nine are taken for their values. If the value of the first two cards drawn exceeds nine, then ten is deducted from your total. For example, if you’re dealt a 6 and an 8, since the sum of these cards is 14, the value of your hand would be 4. Happily in Baccarat, it is impossible to go “bust” like in Blackjack.
The idea is to go for a nine, which is the highest hand you can have, known as a natural.
Are there any strategies to win?
Anyone who has played Baccarat a number of times will tell you that the tie bet is the worst bet that a player can make. The pay-out might look tempting, but it pays off less than 10% of the time.
Many people who are feeling lucky may go for the tie bet as the winnings can be lucrative, and that’s what makes it so appealing. However, statistically, it will happen fewer than once in every ten times for you. Our advice? Stay clear of the tie bet.
Go for Baccarat tables using fewer decks
Baccarat tables at traditional casinos normally use eight standard decks of cards. However, if you’re savvy and look around, you may be able to find a table that uses fewer than eight.
Online, as the dealers obviously don’t use real cards, there are Baccarat tables that use six decks, and some even as few as four decks.
So what’s the relevance? The fewer the decks, the easier it is to card count. If you’re astute, you will be able to better predict the outcome of an upcoming hand.
Learn online to hone your skills
The sagest piece of advice to turn you from a rookie into an expert is to practice online. There are many online casino sites that offer free demos that won’t cost you anything to download. The advantage of this is that you can practice the game without betting your hard-earned cash at the same time.
As a result, when the time comes to play for real, you’ll have much more knowledge about how to play the game, upping your odds of winning!
Essentially, each player will find their own preferences by playing a certain number of times, and traditional casinos won’t let you turn up to a table and practice for free! Looks like the future’s digital…