Baccarat for Beginners

Baccarat is a game that has recently been ignored because of the rise of other casino games. Because it has no progressive jackpot like Let ‘Em Ride and doesn’t have the 15 minutes of fame of Texas Hold ‘Em – it gets ignored by new casino players. Well, we’re here to tell you that if you’re new to the casino scene Baccarat is a game you need to check out if you want to make some quick cash. Here is the 411 on the game.

How It Works
The game itself is simple: Two cards are dealt to two hands, named Player and Banker. You can bet on the Player, Banker, Tie or any combination of the three. The object of the game is to correctly pick which hand will have the higher score, with the highest score in Baccarat being 9 and the lowest being 0. 10 through King have no value while Aces only count as one.

Some old-school players like to chart the frequency of Player wins, Banker wins, and Tie wins, you shouldn’t bother. There’s no pattern to when you’ll win in any section, so just enjoy yourself and use your instincts.

Play Banker More Than Player
In Baccarat, the Banker holds the edge over the Player by one percent (the probability of Player winning is about 45 percent, the chances of the Banker winning are at about 46; the odds of the Tie winning are just under 10 percent). We’re not suggesting you stick with the Banker all night, but keep in mind, in the end, he will win more consistently.

Avoid Ties
What’s so great about Ties in Baccarat? The payout odds are 9-1. The downside? As we mentioned earlier it hits about 10 percent of the time. Do the math: A game that pays 9-1 hits once every 10 hands? Yeah, not cool.

We’re sure there are going to be times when you’re itching for that Tie money. But resist temptation.