Baccarat is a card game based on luck. You can’t beat baccarat because it doesn’t make any difference what cards you hold, as the player or as the banker. But some rules and strategies can help you to win more often than losing.
Baccarat Strategy – How To Play Baccarat
At the beginning of each round in Baccarat, both hands are dealt by the croupier. He deals two cards for each hand one face down and another face up so that both players can see them. One of these cards is turned over for Bacc against the dealer’s position, which has one card facing up and another facing down.
After he deals, if either hand total 8 or 9 there is no more dealing. Each hand’s total is played out by itself and the winner is decided according to which card of the two is closer to nine. The other hand continues with the same rules but it will be stood off when either of its cards forms a natural Total 9 or Baccarat.
As player if you do win, you are paid at odds of 1:1, while you can get on average 3:2 for matching mixed totals of 6, 5 or 4 against 7, 8 or 9
Some people believe that observing the way cards have been distributed between hands can help them in guessing which one may have better chances of winning. Well, after many years playing this game, I found out that there is no advantage in guessing the winner by the cards distribution.
However, there are strategies that may help you to win more at Baccarat. The key rule is that playing totals of 6 against 7 and 5 against 8 is advantageous while 4 and 9 will yield a loss in all cases; while 3, 2 or 10 (natural) will be your winning options if you play them against anything else.
What I suggest is: never split hands when drawing for Baccarat and always hit on soft totals [less than seven] unless one of the above-mentioned special rules apply.