Baccarat is known as the best-kept secret of the gambling world because of its simplicity and fair odds. Its origins can be traced to 1490 when French nobility were introduced to the game; however, the current version we find in North American and online casinos is the most recent adaptation with roots in Las Vegas.
The object of the game is to score nine, or as close to nine as possible without going over. Bets are placed on one of three available options – Player, Banker or Tie. These options refer to betting on who the player thinks will win that round. Once bets are placed, the dealer will deal two cards each to the banker and the player. At this point the hands are evaluated. If the player hand equals 8 or 9, it is compared with the banker hand, at which time the higher hand wins and the round ends. A third card can be drawn if the player hand is 5 or less. For a player hand between 6 and 7, the player stands. The banker can draw an additional card if the player hand equals 0 to 7 or if the banker hand equals up to 3.
There are three types of baccarat tables – Big Table Baccarat, Mini Baccarat and Midi Baccarat. The rules are the same; the distinguishing features are size of the table, table limits and number of decks used. Most baccarat tables provide score cards for players to keep track of trends, but when placing bets most seasoned players learn to rely on intuition.