Welcome to one more casino game Baccarat, actually, to six of them (including Mini Baccarat and Baccarat Gold). You can either play online for free – just for fun – or wager and win real money! Surely, you are an excellent player and you’ve got in our site not only to relax, enjoy the games but also to make some extra cash. If you’re not so advanced, please read the following brief information with the basic terminology and rules. In addition, we have to warn you – please, try the free online games before playing for real money.
Baccarat is a comparing card game played between two hands, the “player” and the “banker”, who try to get the biggest total value of two or three cards. They compete with each other. The brief rules of the most widely spread version – mini-baccarat are the following.
The aim of the game is to get the cards combination with the highest possible hand value 9. If a player has got 8, he is the winner in case the opponent’s hand is less. If there’s no player with 8 or 9 – the third card is dealt.
Cards have the following point value: cards 2–9 are worth face value (in points); 10s, Js, Qs and Ks have no point value (i.e. are worth zero); Aces are worth 1 point; Jokers are not used. Hands are valued according to the rightmost digit of the sum of their constituent cards: for example, a hand consisting of 2 and 3 is worth 5, but a hand consisting of 6 and 7 is worth 3 (i.e. the 3 being the rightmost digit in the combined points total: 13).
Each baccarat coup has three possible outcomes: “player” (player has the higher score), “banker”, and “tie”.
Baccarat has always attracted the players who try to think a “nonlosing” strategy. Since the stakes’ choice is limited, the most strategies include the amount of bets’ changes depending on the previous games’ results. The most popular strategies are Martingale, D’Alembert, etc. In practice, there are no “nonlosing” strategies at all. The ideal one is believed to be the following – just to put a stake on “the bank”.
Decades ago, Baccarat was purely an aristocrats’ privilege, and nowadays the stakes may also be pretty high. In casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, punto banco (= mini-baccarat or a Spanish version of the game) is usually played in special rooms separated from the main gaming floor, ostensibly to provide an extra measure of privacy and security because of the high stakes often involved. By the way, a similar game in France is called “chemin de fer”, in other countries – also “chemin de fer” or macao.
Since the stakes in baccarat may be high, the dramatic twists of fate sometimes happen here. In the history there’s a well-known Royal Baccarat Scandal, due to the involvement of the future King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales. The incident inspired a huge amount of media interest in the game, bringing Baccarat to the attention of the public at large, with rules being published in newspaper accounts of the scandal. Popular culture was influenced enough that the scandal became the subject of music hall songs and a stage play.
In the XXI century Baccarat chemin-de-fer is the favoured game of James Bond, the fictional secret agent created by Ian Fleming. Bond plays the game in numerous novels, most notably his 1953 debut, Casino Royale, in which the entire plot revolves around a game between Bond and an counterintelligence agent, operative Le Chiffre. The unabridged version of the novel includes a primer to the game for readers who are unfamiliar with it. So, if you wish either to learn the ropes or to advance in Baccarat, read the above mentioned novel and start clicking your mouse in this tab. Good luck!