Online Baccarat

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 01:33

Online Baccarat

Virtual online casino gambling baccarat.


If you think that you are already an expert in baccarat, think again. Baccarat is a game of chance, but that does not mean you can't do something to "control" the game. Learn the online baccarat know-hows and its basics to play against the experts, and win like a real pro.

Baccarat, which is also called Punto Banco, is often played in an isolated casino area. The baccarat table accommodates 12 to 14 players and has three dealers. There are two major bets that a player can make: banker (Banco) or player (Punto). However, there is a Standoff that ties bets altogether, which is rarely used. There are casinos who let baccarat players do the dealing while some casinos have dealers to handle the cards. When playing online baccarat, expect that the virtual dealer automatically distributes the cards for the players.

To start off, each player can place their money on Punto or Banco, but the dealer is expected to put his pot on Banco. A player can refuse to deal, but he must pass the "shoe" or the box used for holding and distributing playing cards to the succeeding player. In the event that Punto triumphs, the shoe must be passed on to the next participant.

Baccarat is the same as betting on Red or Black at roulette. The preward is 1:1 or even money with the exemption for the Standoff that pays 8-1 or 9-1. The difference between the Punto and Banco stake is a victory on the latter will cost the gambler a 5% tax or commission collection to the casino. Taxing is done, for it's been confirmed that on the average, an 8-deck cards match will make the Banco win up to four card combinations more than the Punto.

Baccarat can be played using a six or eight-deck shoe, and card suits in this game are disregarded. A hand can only have two to three cards. The dealer will put two cards under the shoe, and give the other two cards to the largest better on Punto. After taking a peek on the cards, the Punto player will return the cards to the dealer, and the prizewinner of the round will be announced. Beginners must be aware that 10s and face cards have a value of zero, while cards that are less than 10 remain their value. If a player gets an ace, then the card's equivalent is one. When the sum of the card counts is a two-digit number, then the card holder must drop digit on the left. For example, if the sum of the values is 15, it is only valued as 5. In the same manner, a 25 is considered as 5.

There are times that on the first draw, there is a hand that has a sum of 8 or 9. This instance is tagged as a Natural. If Natural occurs, there will be no more dealings of cards, otherwise the dealer will have to hand out a third card. When the player's card has a sum of or less than 5, the player must have a third card, and the third-card rule will determine if the Banco needs another card. For starters, it's not that important to know all the rules on third-card plays for drawing a third card is compulsory and automatic. Now that you know the fundamentals of baccarat, you can start playing online, and beat those self-proclaimed baccarat experts.