Card games are seen as the more serious selection of games a casino may offer. These are the ones that are more thrilling, more exciting, and depend more on the skill of the player. Those unfamiliar with the casino setting will, in all probability, head towards the slot machines. With nothing more to them than inserting a coin and pushing a button, these are the safe option.
But card games are often structured with strict rules, and very often the skill involved is no more than simply learning the rules. These are often simple and any player can learn to enjoy casino card games. Baccarat is certainly one of them.
The Types of Baccarat
There are three different versions of baccarat, and they all differ slightly in terms of player skill necessary. There is Punto Banco, which is often also referred to as American baccarat, and then there are Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banque. These latter two are seen as the more historic versions of baccarat, and they are the ones that are commonly known as requiring more skill on behalf of the player, which will be explained in due course. Punto Banco is the most popular version of baccarat played today, and it is a slightly simpler version as all rules are set and fewer decisions are up to the player.
How to Play Baccarat
While playing online baccarat in Canada, players hold a hand of either two or three cards. It is in determining this third card where the difference between the various types of baccarat lies.
The aim of the game is to have a hand of cards with a value of or closest to the number nine. All the number cards, from two through nine, are taken at face value, while all the face cards have a value of zero. The aces are valued at eleven. Once a player has played a hand, all the values of the cards are summed up, and then the tens figure is omitted; that is, only the rightmost number of the total value of the cards counts as the player’s hand value. This calculation is completed by the dealer, and players unfamiliar or uncomfortable with finding their hand value can rely on the dealer’s knowledge to make the correct call.
The player has a winning hand if the value of the cards equals eight or nine. The player loses if the value is zero. Baccarat may literally be translated as zero, and hence if a player has a hand value of zero, this is referred to as getting baccarat. If the player’s hand value lies anywhere between zero and eight, there is the possibility of drawing a third card. Whether this third card is drawn or not depends on the type of baccarat played.
If the game played is Chemin de Fer or Baccarat Banque, then the player can decide whether or not to draw a third card. Since this decision is up to the individual, it is said that these historic types of the game require more skill.
In Punto Banco, the drawing of the third card is pre-set according to the rules of the game, and no individualised play is necessary. If the player has a hand value between zero and five, a third card is drawn, and if the value is six or seven, a third card is not drawn.
This makes Punto Banco a simpler version of baccarat involving less skill on behalf of the player, and makes it the preferred game to be played in casinos.