Rules of baccarat
Baccarat explained in 5 easy steps:
Finding good online baccarat at our recommended online casinos is very easy and there are plenty of online casino software providers supplying them. For our step by step guide, we’ve chosen NetEnt’s excellent Baccarat Pro. As you can no doubt see from the above image, the table is clear and very easy to read. There is a space for placing your bet on Banker as well as a space for betting on the Player position or a Tie bet. The Tie bet pays the highest odds in the game but is also the most risky bet to make in baccarat.
Once you have decided on which position you would like to bet on, choose a chip size from the bottom right of the screen that you are comfortable with. For our game, we have chosen to go with the table minimum which is a good idea if you are new to the game of baccarat. We have placed our bet on the Banker position to win. The next step is to click on the Deal button, this tells the game to deal the cards to both positions.
As you can see in our above image, our bet lost as the Player position won the hand. In this case you will have two basic options, you can either click on the ‘Rebet’ button, which will keep your chip in place at the previous betting position, or click on ‘New Deal’, for a new hand. If you click on New Deal, you will have to start from the beginning again, deciding on your chip size and betting position.
We’ve chosen to click on New Bet and have decided to stick with the same chip size as our previous bet. This time however, we have decided to bet on the Player position to see if our luck may change with the new betting position. Again, once you are happy with you bet, click on the Deal button to let the dealer deal the cards to both positions.
Our luck has come in and we have won our hand with betting on the Player position! Our winnings is an even money bet, meaning that we bet 1 chip and won a chip for a total of two chips. Again you can decide to keep your chips in play or bank them, if you decide to keep playing you can simply click on New Bet again.
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Online Baccarat Strategies
Generally speaking, the aim of any Baccarat game is to get a hand as close to a total of nine without exceeding this total. In this way Baccarat is similar to Blackjack and also shares a similar method of assigning value to different cards.
Card values in Baccarat are:
- All tens, jacks, queens and kings (face cards) are valued at zero
- All ace cards are valued at one
- Number cards are valued at their face value
- A two card total that exceeds ten will have the ten disregarded (eg: 10 + 3 = 3)
- A natural hand is a two card hand that totals either 8 or 9
As online baccarat shares some of the same history and gaming similarities to its cousins, roulette and blackjack, you can borrow some of the popular betting strategies that are popular in both of those games. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular betting strategies for baccarat.
Paroli baccarat strategy
The Paroli betting system is most popular in roulette and blackjack but its principles can easily be applied to baccarat betting too. The Paroli betting system is what is classified as a positive betting progression system. This simply means that you will only increase your bets on wins and not on any losses. If you lose a hand in baccarat, you will remain on a single unit bet and will only increase this when you win a hand.
If you win your bet, you will then double your next bet and, if you win that bet, you will double it again. If you win that bet, instead of doubling again, which is risky and the weak point of many betting systems, you will rather revert back to your original single unit bet. This allows you to bank what you have won and will help you to build a bankroll in a more gradual fashion.
Fibonacci baccarat strategy
The Fibonacci betting system is another popular blackjack and roulette betting strategy that can be adapted to baccarat betting. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this is actually an ancient mathematical system that can be found in nature and in all sorts of applications. In baccarat betting, we apply the basic Fibonacci sequence to the value of our bets. The basic Fibonacci sequence is:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on
We can thus apply this sequence to our baccarat betting in the following way:
Bet 1: 1 unit - win
Bet 2: 1 unit - win
Bet 3: 2 units - win
Bet 4: 3 units - win
Bet 5: 5 units – win
Labouchere baccarat system
The Labouchere betting system was originally designed for roulette betting and is one of the oldest betting systems still in use today. The Labouchere is also known as the cancellation system as it requires the player to cross out numbers in a certain sequence. The system can be adapted to baccarat betting quite easily. The idea behind this betting system is for the player to determine what they want to win in a game of baccarat and then work out a sequence of numbers adding up to that total. The player determines the bet size by adding the first and last numbers together and, if he wins the hand, crosses these numbers out. Once all the numbers have been successfully crossed out, the sequence will come to an end.
More on baccarat odds
Baccarat presents a variety of betting odds and house advantages, depending on the type of baccarat bet that has been chosen and placed. In baccarat, there are only three types of bets that can be placed, and each of these comes with its own particular house edge percentage. Take a look at each of the bets below, along with their relative house edge percentage:
- Banker bet: House Edge = 1.06%
- Player bet: House Edge = 1.24%
- Tie bet: House Edge = 14.36%
As you can no doubt see from this comparison, the Banker bet presents the lowest house edge while betting on a Tie presents the highest house edge percentage.
Reasons to love online baccarat:
- Baccarat is easy to play and can be a lot of fun
- There are a wide variety of online baccarat games to choose from
- Baccarat offers great betting odds and some low house edge percentages
Some things you may not love:
- Playing online baccarat uses RNG’s which not everyone is comfortable with
- Unless you’re playing Live Dealer baccarat, online baccarat lacks that human touch.
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