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Getting Started With Baccarat With Three Simple Ideas

By: Ryan Alders, Thursday December 12th 2013
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The game of Baccarat is one of the classic casino titles that doesn't ever seem like it's going to ever go away. Because the game was traditionally reserved for the social elite in roped-off areas inside of live casinos, online casinos have brought Baccarat to players at even the lowest of stakes. Even though video slots are the most played game around today, a lot of the regular table games are starting to see a new boost in popularity. For players who want to learn to play Baccarat well, we have a few tips for you to stick with here to make it quick and easy.

The first thing that you have to realize is that Baccarat is based on watching two hands play out. The hands are called the "banker" hand and the "player" hand, and there's only one player hand no matter how many people are at the table. There are three basic bets that you can make, though some games at some sites offer side bets. The side bets usually have a worse payout rate than some of the normal bets, and the tie bet almost always has the worst payout rate of any bet in the game. Obviously, you should avoid it.

The second thing you should learn is that the banker and player bets have almost the same payout rate. In a typical game with a lot of decks in the shoe, betting on the banker has a house advantage of 1.06 percent while betting on the player has a house advantage of 1.24 percent for a 0.18 percent difference. All else being equal, the best bet in the game will usually be betting on the banker. However, sometimes you can switch over to the player bet correctly.

The third thing to know about Baccarat is that card counting works a lot differently than it does in blackjack. In Baccarat, you're looking at how the cards affect whether you should play with the banker bet or the player bet. The cards five through nine slightly shift the odds in favor of the player bet, and the rest of the cards shift it back in favor of the banker bet. If you see a lot of fives through nines come through, then you know that you could probably play the player bet for a little while for a slightly more favorable bet.

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