First up, it’s the most complicated of the holy trinity of Blackjack/Roulette/Baccarat in many ways, including the fact that a Tableau needs to be used to work out what happens next. It’s also the least interactive of the three in the sense that there’s far less decision-making going on by the player before the game gets under way than Roulette. And far less decision-making when the game is under way than Blackjack.
Still, it’s a much-loved game all over the world and in one of the gambling capitals of the world- Macau- playing it accounts for over 90% of all gambling activity in its Casinos.
Essentially, it’s a straight shootout between yourself and the Dealer. Using 6-8 decks of cards, the player has to choose at the start if they want to side with the Dealer’s Hand or the Player’s hand. The hands don’t actually belong to one or the other, it’s just a way of differentiating between them.
Both hands receive two cards, at which point the total of them is counted and a table is consulted to see whether the hand is over, or whether one or the other receives extra cards.
Whether it’s a one-stage hand or two, eventually one of the two hands are declared the winner, or a tie is called. The player will obviously be hoping they backed the winning hand, though backing the tie and seeing it happen, pays out at 8-1.
Live Baccarat works the same way as it would if you were playing in an actual land Casino but with the added advantage of you playing wherever you are, whatever time of day you like and in your own privacy.