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How to play Baccarat

Learning how to play baccarat could change your life. For example, it’s the opening scene of a James Bond film and his Jag is flying through the rocky mountain roads of a European pleasure town. It rounds a bend and the wide, sweeping vista of the French Riviera blends into view. The car pulls over and the door opens. A foot hits the gravel and the camera tilts up to reveal… you. Yes, you. You peel off your sunglasses and breathe in the scent of money. You just spent the evening at the high roller’s table raking in winning bet after winning bet. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Of course, you learned how to play baccarat at Ignition Casino because, no matter how pretty Monaco is in the summer, an online casino offers you better odds than any brick and mortar gambling palace. And there was also the opportunity to hone your strategy on the Practice Mode version that only Ignition Casino offered you. So, let’s get you that image, shall we? Or, at least, the possibility of that image once we teach you the rules of baccarat and how to walk away from the table – so to speak – with your account bulging.

Baccarat is one of those truly timeless casino games. It’s played with a standard deck, comes originally from France, and the advent of online gambling has now made it a much more accessible game. You can play it at your Sydney and Melbourne casinos, or up at The Treasury in Brisbane, but you will get better games online playing from the comfort and privacy of your own home and wearing whatever you like. Now that we’re available in Australia, you can play at Ignition Casino for big AUD wins so read on if you’re new to this casino classic, sit back and we’ll explain how it works.

Baccarat is a table game and features the players and the banker, and a caller. You are betting on the outcome of a card draw and so you can bet on the player, you can bet on the banker or you can bet on the chance that both hands are a tie. A round is known as a coup. 

To begin, the dealer shuffles the cards, and the first 3 to 6 cards are burned, or discarded. You choose how much you will wager and indicate your bet by choosing to bet on the banker’s hand, the player’s hand or on the chances that both hands will tie. The player and the banker receive 2 cards facing up. The winning hand is whichever hand totals, or is closest to, a total of 9 points. In baccarat, picture cards are worth zero, the 10 card is worth zero and an Ace is worth 2 points. All of the other cards are worth their face value and a natural win is a hand totalling 9 points.

When you bet on the player’s hand, the payout is twice your wager. So, if you bet $25 then you win $50. If you chose to bet on the dealer’s hand, so a banker win, then your win is 95% of your wager. If you bet on a tie, then the odds pay out 8 to 1.

If the cards drawn equal 5 or less, a third card can be drawn by the player. Otherwise, with totals of 6 or 7, the player will stand. Remember, to make a winning bet, you need the hand you have bet on to be closer to 9 points than the other hand. The banker may also choose to pull a third card or they may not. After the draw is complete, the totals of the banker’s hand and the player’s hand are compared. 

There are a few different kinds of bets available depending on the game and they include a dragon bet which is a type of bonus wager you can play which allows you to bet that the winning hand has won by at least four points.

If you’re looking for a winning strategy, then most strategists will advise you to place your bet on the banker’s hand. Given the house edge on these bets, the odds of a win are reflected here. Remember, you only win 95% of your bet when you bet on the banker. It is true that the banker enjoys a slight advantage, especially if a third card needs to be drawn. Betting on the outcome of a tie has about a 14% chance of a win and it pays accordingly but most serious strategists will not advise placing that bet too often if you want to hang around the tables for a while. Some players swear by placing your bets exclusively on the banker until he loses and then switch to the player’s hands. 

With Practice Mode available, you can take your time developing your own strategy before you start playing for real AUD. With time and some patience, you could be your own Aussie Bond, sitting at your own table and owning round after round. Win big and get yourself your own Jaaag.