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How does the game of Baccarat work on a traditional table?
Baccarat is a card game that is usually played in a casino. A traditional baccarat table is an oval-shaped table that can accommodate up to 14 players. The dealer, who is also the banker, sits opposite the players.
Each player places their bet on either the player, banker, or tie section of the table. The goal of the game is to have a hand that is as close to 9 as possible.
The game starts when the dealer deals two cards to the player and two cards to the banker. The values of these cards are added together.
Card values in baccarat are as follows:
- Aces = 1
- Face cards (King, Queen, Jack) = 0
- Other cards = face value
If the value of the cards is more than 9, the first digit is discarded. For example, if a player gets a 7 and an 8, their hand value would be 5 (7+8=15, and the first digit 1 is discarded).
If either the player or the banker has a hand value of 8 or 9, they win the game, called a natural. If neither has a natural, then additional cards will be drawn.
If a player has a hand value between 0 and 5, they will draw another card. If their hand value is 6 or 7, they will stand. If the banker's hand value is between 0 and 5, they will draw a third card if the player drew a third card. If their hand value is 6 or 7, they will stand.
The winner is the one with the hand closest to 9. If there is a tie, players who bet on a tie will win. The dealer collects the losing bets and pays out the winners.
How does the scoring system work in Baccarat?
In Baccarat, the scoring system is quite simple and straightforward. The objective is to get as close as possible to a total of 9 points with the cards that are dealt to you. The point values of the cards are as follows:
- Ace: 1 point
- Cards 2 to 9: Face value (2 = 2 points, 3 = 3 points, etc.)
- 10, Jack, Queen, King: 0 points
If the total point value of your cards exceeds 9, the first digit is dropped. For example, if you have cards with a total value of 15, the first digit (1) is dropped and you are left with a score of 5.
In Baccarat, there are three possible outcomes for each round of play:
- Player wins: The player has a higher score than the banker, or the banker has gone over 9.
- Banker wins: The banker has a higher score than the player, or the player has gone over 9.
- Tie: Both the player and banker have the same score.
To determine the winner, the scores of the player and banker are compared. The highest score wins. If there is a tie, the bets are returned to the players.