Baccarat Basics


Baccarat is an old casino card game that originated in Italy or France in the early renaissance. It is played with a single deck of cards and is considered a low-stakes game. In this game, players bet either on the bank or on the player. The goal is to achieve the highest score, called a ‘natural’, which is nine. Baccarat has the best player advantage of any casino game.

The active player has the option to call ‘carte’ or ‘non’ depending on his hand’s total. When the active player has a score of 0-5, he has to call ‘carte’ or “non” to get another card. If the active player does not have a card, he or she can choose to stand or call for a card. If a player calls, the banker has to look at both of the hands.

Baccarat uses standard 52-card decks that are shuffled together. Each card is given a numerical value based on its rank. For instance, the pip cards 2 through nine are worth a certain number, while the ace and face cards carry zero. In addition, ties are settled with an eight-to-one payout.

Baccarat is one of the most popular card games. It is played between the player and the bank. It is also very popular in casinos around the world, and “Punto Banco” Baccarat makes up 90% of casino revenue in Macau. There are several variations of Baccarat, including the historical version described by Seymour in 1897, as well as modern Chemin de Fer and Punto Banco rules.