Baccarat, one of the world’s premier casino games, remains a timeless attraction from sticky floor California card rooms to elegant Monte Carlo casinos. Preferred among high rollers for decades now, its allure draws players worldwide.
As casinos look for ways to draw new and retain existing customers, baccarat is often seen as the ideal game for high rollers seeking an exciting yet exclusive gaming experience.
A baccarat table features anywhere from seven to 14 seats for players and an area for placing banker, player or tie bets. A dealer distributes two hands of cards to both the player and banker that are valued based on factors including their number, ace value and picture card values – unlike poker where full houses tend to outrank flushes; in baccarat the higher the point value of either hand is seen as better!
When placing a bet, the dealer places a marker in front of each customer position numbered with numbers on the table to mark this bet and track any winning banker bets with care. There is also a five percent commission applicable on winning banker bets that must be tracked accordingly.
Although associated with elite society, baccarat can be easy for casual players to pick up and enjoy; more serious players may find the game more difficult.
There are various baccarat betting strategies that players can employ, with more complex approaches being utilized by some. One such approach is known as a 1-3-2-6 system or cube road, dice road or marker road and attempts to limit how much a player loses by never betting more than two units of their bankroll on any one round.
Alternative baccarat betting strategies often center around ‘Tie’ bets, which offer 8:1 odds and are most likely to pay off when either player or banker achieve 9 points on their deal. Unfortunately, their house edge makes them unwise choices for any player who prioritizes an expected positive return.