# Baccarat Basics

Using only two cards, the player must try to determine whether the hand he or she has is the best. The goal is to get closer to nine than the opposite hand. The hand that gets closest to nine is deemed the “natural” and wins. If the hand is not a natural, the hand can be “drawn” which involves turning the cards face up.

The first card is dealt to the player and the second card is dealt to the banker. The face cards are worth zero, aces are worth one and the ten count cards are worth a number. The player must then bet on one of three possible outcomes.

The player can bet on either the Banker or the Player hand. Banker bets are generally more favorable. Banker bets pay a 5% commission on the payout and have a lower house edge than the Player bet. The banker has a slight statistical edge over the Player, but the edge is relatively low.

The player may also bet on a “Tie” which is a bet on whether the Banker or the Player will have the highest total. This bet pays 8 to 1 and has a house edge of around 14 percent. The tie bet pays only if the two hands have the same points. In all other cases, the bet will be lost.

In the end, the winner is determined by drawing a third card. The third card can be dealt to either the player or the banker. In the event that the banker has the same card as the player, a new hand is dealt.

The third card can be used to increase or decrease the player’s total. The first digit of the card is dropped from the high card if it is higher than the total. For instance, if the player’s hand is 13, the first digit would be dropped to 3.

The player can also bet on a “natural” which is the first two cards dealt to the player that totals 8 or 9. A “natural” hand is considered the best and wins. The player must bet the amount of money he or she can afford to lose.

The best bet in baccarat is the Banker bet. This bet pays a 95% stake if the Banker’s hand wins and pays a 5% commission on the payout. It also has the lowest house edge of all the other bets.

The game of baccarat has been played in casinos around the world for centuries. The game originally originated in Italy and France around the early renaissance. The game spread to England and France during the 18th century. The game was eventually banned in casinos in 1837. It has since become popular in Asia and the United States.

Baccarat is a fast paced and exciting game. It is best to follow the banker’s streaks. You do not want to wager against the banker or player who is winning, because the chances of losing are higher.