Internet Baccarat is an online casino game that is growing in popularity. The Baccarat rules follow strict guidelines that might seem complicated, but it's actually pretty simple to learn Baccarat. And in fact, if you're an absolute Baccarat beginner you don't even have to know the rules of Baccarat. Every action from both dealer and player is pre-determined - all you have to do is place a bet before the hand starts.
However, it's always good to know the rules when you're gambling for money. The official Baccarat rules can be found below. Another source of information and instructions on Internet Baccarat is to look for magazines that are dedicated to online gambling and gaming. These magazines often offer strategies and additional tips on how to play various casino games, and will be a valuable resource if you want to learn how to play Baccarat.
How Baccarat is played
Baccarat is a game involving two people, the banker (the house) and the player. In addition to this, up to 14 people around the Baccarat table can bet on either the banker or the player to win.
The object of Baccarat is to come as close as possible to 9 in total card value. It's impossible to have a total over 9. If a player's (or banker's) total card value should be 10 or higher, 10 will be subtracted from the total sum.
Individual card values in Baccarat: Ace = 1, 2 to 9 = face value, 10 to King = 0. For example, a hand of 4-D has a total value of 4 (4+0) and that a hand of 8-7 has a total value of 5 (8+7=15. 15-10=5).
As mentioned above, Baccarat follows a strict procedure. At the start of a Baccarat game both the banker and the player are dealt two cards face down. If either of them has a total value of 8 or 9 (this is called a natural) both hands are turned over and the hand closest to nine wins. If the player's and the banker's hands have the same total value, it's a draw, and the bet is returned to the player.
If no one has a natural (8 or 9), the value of the player's cards decides how the game goes on. If the player's total card value is 6 or 7 he must stand. Otherwise he must take another card.
After this it's the banker's turn to act. The banker's move depends on the value of his own two hole cards and the player's third card. The banker always stands if his total card value is 7. On 6 the banker takes one more card if the third card dealt to the player was a 6 or 7. On 5 the banker takes one more card if the third card dealt to the player was 4-7. On 4 the banker takes another card if the third card dealt to the player was 2-7. On 3 the banker takes another card if the third card dealt to the player was anything but an 8. On a total value of 2-0 the banker always takes another card.
After the banker has made his move the hands are turned over and the player with the total value closest to 9 wins.
Advantages of Online Baccarat
Online Baccarat has several advantages for its players. First many online Baccarat sites offer generous bonus and comp programs to its players. Secondly online baccarat sites offer free tutorials on the game and how to keep score. Finally many online baccarat sites offer "play for free" baccarat tables where players can try out this classic game.
The game played by James Bond is actually Chemin de Fer. Chemin de Fer is a slightly different version of Baccarat.