Online Baccarat Strategy and tips

Baccarat has to be one of the simplest card games ever invented and though the French name may be a little on the intimidating side, the game itself is both enjoyable and easy to learn no matter what level of skill you have. With three options for wagering, a number of possible outcomes and a few rules, baccarat is one of the most enjoyable online games in the whole casino. Learn how to play, form a strategy, practice and in no time, you'll find that you're having a lot more fun than you ever imagined, as well as collecting winnings as you go.

The rules of the game

The most commonly played game of baccarat online is titled mini baccarat and this is a smaller version of the more traditional game you would find in online casinos. The rules of the two are quite similar though, so no matter which version you choose to play, you will probably find that both are easy to get used to. When you find the version you want to play, you will need to make a bet before the cards are dealt. You have three options when it comes to wagering, that is, either a tie, or betting on the player or dealer. This is where the game seems to become confusing but really isn't. You see, baccarat is a game of potential odds rather than the outcome of the hand. You can bet that the dealer has a better hand than you do or vice versa. Additionally, you can make a bet that the hand will end in a tie, which has the best potential payout but is a rather unlikely scenario.

Once you have placed a bet, you will get two cards. The dealer will also receive two cards and the two hands will be set one next to the other for comparison. The idea is to get a total value that is as close to 9 as possible. The two card values are added together to form a single number and this can be high or low. If the two cards have a value that is 10 or more, the numbers that make up the total are added together to form a new total. A hand that has an 8 and a 9 for example, would total 17. The 1 and 7 would then be added together to form a total of 8. The cards that do not have numbers on them, that is, the face cards, all have a value of 0. So if you think a jack is a great card to be dealt, think again. Aces have a value of 1.

Now as mentioned above, it doesn't really matter who has the better hand. What matters is what you bet on so if you have a winning hand but you bet on the dealer or on a tie, you will lose your money. Luckily, this is not something you need to think too hard about as online casinos do all of the work for you. You just place the bet and the casino does all the work. In some cases, especially when the values are very low, a third card could be dealt.

Payment options for the game

Though baccarat is a simple game, the payouts you could receive are not quite as simple. You see, betting on the player or the dealer yields a 1:1 payout but, if you bet on the dealer and you win, there is also a 5% commission that you will need to pay. This is built into the game because the house edge on a dealer bet is lower. In layman's terms, this means that if you place a bet on the dealer, it is much more likely that you will win, and thus, the built-in 5% commission. A tie yields a payout of 8:1 so this is a much better wager to make if you're hoping to win big bucks, however you won't be as likely to win.

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A few rules you need to take note of

The game of baccarat, though simple, does come with a few rules and though you don't need to know all of these in order to start playing, it is recommended that you eventually become acquainted with them. These all have to do with the third card and when it is dealt. In general, extra cards are not dealt if either the player's or the dealer's hand (or both) is a natural, that is, either an 8 or 9. However, if the player's hand is a value of either 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, the player gets an extra card.

  • If the dealer has 0, 1 or 2, they get a third card immediately.
  • If the dealer has 3, they get a third card but only if the player does not have an 8.
  • If the dealer has 4, they get a card if the player has any number from 2 to 7.
  • If the dealer has 5, they get a card if the player has any number from 4 to 7.
  • If the dealer has 6, they get a card if the player has a 6 or 7.

As mentioned, these rules are ones you will come to learn in time, so if they look a little intimidating to you, don't spend too much time worrying about. The computer will do most of the work anyway.

Winning strategies for playing baccarat

While baccarat is a game of luck, there are a few ways to influence your luck and bet smarter. Remember though that while you can control what you wager, you simply cannot control how the cards will be dealt or whether your hand will be better than that of the dealer. Your best bet, if you'll pardon the pun, is to always bet on the dealer. Though this does mean you won't be taking home quite as much cash as if you won when betting on the player, you will win more frequently due to the odds of the game. Don't forget about that 5% commission though.

There are some players who think they can predict the outcome of future hands by working on a pattern. You may notice that sometimes patterns appear but as the game is based mostly on luck, there is no 100% fool-proof way to predict how the next hand will turn out. However, if this is the strategy you decide to take on, be sure to check the game's board to see how the previous hands have been played. If you can see a pattern and this works for you, even better.

Some people recommend trying a progression system. This system works on the basis of doubling your bet every time you lose until you get a win. There is some logic to this as three small losses and one massive win could even each other out. However, this would require you to use a lot of your available cash in order to try and get a win and again, like the other methods, is not a surefire way of claiming big bucks.

No matter how you prefer to play, give the game of baccarat a try. It is fun, simple to play and has more than enough suspense to keep you interested for a long time.

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