Baccarat is a card game, originally from the beautiful country Italy. The game is century’s old, it’s originally from the 15th century. There are three different versions of the game, the game that’s been played in the Netherlands is called punto banco, also known as the North American version. If we trust the rumors, Baccarat is the most popular game in physical casino’s for years now! In this blog we’ll introduce you to the world of Baccarat, we’ll give you some tips, also for beginners, and we give you a little look in the probability calculation of the game. Are you curious about other games? Take a look at our videoslots!

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How does Baccarat work?

The game is played with 6 to 8 stocks of cards! The goal of the game is to end with 2 or 3 cards as close as you can to the 9. The worth of the cards is as follow:

  • King, Queen, Jack and ten : 0 points
  • 2 – 9 : their own worth 
  • Ace : 1 point

Baccarat is a great game if you like math, for example if the sum of 2 cards exceeds 10, only the number on the right counts. 15 counts as a 5, 18 as an 8. Each player has a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 cards. These cards come from a long card tray in which all decks of cards are shuffled, this is also known as the ‘shoe’. The game starts when the dealer places two cards face up underneath the shoe and then deals 2 cards face up to the player with the highest bet. This generous player looks closely to his cards and returns them to the dealer, who then shows them to all the other players at the table.

When one of the two hands has a total of 8 or 9, it becomes a ‘natural’ in casino terms. When this happens, no more cards are dealt by the dealer. If there is no natural, the dealer decides on the basis of the total number of points whether another card must be drawn. After this has happened, it’s checked who has the highest number of points, this player wins. 

Which Baccarat Tips are good to know if you are a beginner?

The most important tip is that you should not play any gambling games without learning the rules, including Baccarat. You can learn this by playing a demo online, without real money. You often get an explanation with demos, so you will 34c learn it in no time!

A second tip is that you should always bet according to experience and budget. Only when you are more sure of yourself within a game can you start betting a little more of your budget.

A third tip is that you should never go over your budget. Gambling is only fun, when you do it for fun. There’s a high risk that if you increase your budget time after time, you won’t gamble for fun anymore and maybe you’ll even end up with financial problems. We don’t want that for you! 

The fourth is especially useful for beginners, start with a baccarat game with as few decks of cards as possible. This way you make it less complex for yourself and your chances also increase!

The fifth and final tip is about the type of bet. There are 3 types of bets, The Punto, the Banco and the Tie. Of these bets, the Banco is the best bet to play. This is because it has a lower advantage for the casino compared to the other two.

These were five tips to make your baccarat experience a bit more fun!
Is there a winning strategy at Baccarat?

There is no such thing as a winning strategy when you gamble. It’s in the name, games of chance. There is always a chance to win, but also a very big chance you lose. Be aware of that! 

On the other hand, there are many strategies that you can apply, but a strategy does not give you the insurance to win.

For example you’ve got the Paroli System, where you increase your bet money if you win. The moment you lose, you lower your bet money. This is a safe system where you don’t lose too much and if you win you win big cash.

You also have the Punto Banco System, in this system you try to discover a pattern. If you have discovered this (which is not always possible) then you immediately adjust your bet money accordingly.

As a final strategy, we call the Flat Bet system, with this system you agree a certain amount with yourself in advance. You keep betting this amount whether you win or lose.