# The Basics of Baccarat

Baccarat, a game of chance, is played at casinos around the world. The rules are simple and the odds are often very good. This game requires no technical skill to play and is a favourite of players in high stakes games.

The game is played with a dealing shoe from which cards are dealt under instruction from the croupier. One player acts as banker and the other players bet against him. The croupier pays the players if the Banker wins, and the players lose their bets if the Banker loses.

Before the game starts, each of the players at the table must put a stake in the amount of money that they want to wager on either the Banker’s or Player’s hand. The banker then receives the dealing shoe and deals two hands to each player and a third to himself.

Both of these two hands are then exposed and the higher valued hand wins. If both hands are equal, the game is a tie and the players’ stakes are returned.

In the past Baccarat was a complicated game with many different rules. The most popular version today is Punto Banco which is a simplified form of the original game and which originated at the Capri Casino in Cuba in the 1950s.

There are a few other forms of the game, some of which are more commonly known as Baccarat a deux tableaux and baccarat en banque. These versions were formerly played with the Player’s and Banker’s two-card hands concealed and only the third card if called for was exposed.

These versions of the game have been largely replaced by Punto Banco, although some traditional Baccarat tables are still available in some casinos. There are also many online Baccarat sites where you can place a bet without leaving your home or office.

The premise of the game is simple: each hand is compared against another, and the one with the closest score to nine wins. Aces are worth one, 10s and face cards have a numerical value of zero and all other cards have a pip value.

This is because all the numbers on each card, including the face cards, have a mathematical value of their respective face values. For example, a 4 has a numerical value of 4, and a 3 has a numerical value of 3. The highest number that can be formed is 9.

In order to make this work, the game is played using a six- or eight-deck shoe which is dealt from. All tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings have a numerical value of nine, and the Ace has a numerical value of one.

If you are unsure of the rules of this game, you can find all the information you need on our Baccarat guide. This includes a House Edge calculator, a list of the best places to play online and advice on strategy.

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