# The Basics of Baccarat

Baccarat is a popular card game that’s played in a number of different casinos. Although it isn’t widely popular in the United States, it is still very popular in European casinos, particularly those that cater to high rollers. Regardless of where you play, the basic concept of baccarat is the same. In order to win, you must bet on your hand being the closest to nine.

To play baccarat, you first walk up to a Baccarat table. A caller will then instruct you on the rules of the game. The first two cards are dealt to the player and banker. If no other player bets on the banker, the player has the option to stand or call.

After the cards have been dealt, a third card is drawn. When this is done, players can make a bet on either the player or banker. However, in the majority of cases, a bet on the player’s hand is the best way to go. This is because in the event that the player wins, he gets paid a one to one payout. You can also bet on the banker winning. With this type of bet, the house takes a small edge. It has a 1.17 percent edge over the player and a 1.24% edge over the banker.

One of the most important baccarat rules is that all cards have numerical value. Each rank of a card is worth a certain number of pips. Aces are worth one, while face cards are worth zero. All other cards are worth their pip values.

The other key rule in baccarat is the ‘natural’. This is when a hand has the first two cards to equal nine. Similarly, a hand with the third card to match the player’s first two cards is considered to be a ‘natural’ as well. But, this rule can be a bit confusing. Basically, a total of eight or nine is considered a “natural” if all the pips on the cards add up.

Another important rule to note is the ‘drawing of the third card.’ While there’s no clear answer to this, the player can draw a third card if he believes his hand is superior to the banker’s.

Finally, there’s the ‘Tie’ bet. This bet isn’t quite as complicated as it sounds. As the name suggests, the bet pays if the player’s hand and the banker’s hand are tied for the highest score.

In addition to the Player and Banker bets, a number of other side bets are available. For instance, a banker’s bet is usually accompanied by a 5% commission. Moreover, the House Edge of Banker bet is a little bit less expensive since the number of decks in play is lower.

Baccarat is a slow moving game that’s suitable for high stakes. Players can bet a minimum of fifty bucks. However, players should be careful to keep track of their outlay. Once they have staked at least 200 units, they should take a break.