Baccarat is one of the few casino games that you can play without really knowing the rules. You’re not an active participant, merely betting on a side to win each round. As a result, the rounds progress quickly and systematically, with each side drawing or standing according to a chart. But just because you can play without knowing the rules doesn’t mean you should. Learning the rules will, without a doubt, turn you into a more complete baccarat player.

The first thing to remember is, if either the Player or Banker get an 8 or 9 in their initial two-card hand, i’s a natural, and no further cards are drawn. The winner is determined by who has the higher hand.

 

Player Drawing Rules

The Player always acts first, which results in a slight disadvantage. This disadvantage is balanced by the Player receiving a 5% higher payout than the Banker. The Player’s actions are easy to track, as there are only two possible outcomes:

 

  1. The Player stands on a score of 6 or 7.
  2. The Player draws on a score of 5 points or less.

 

Banker Drawing Rules

In the case where the Player stands, the Banker follows the same rules, drawing on a hand of 5 or less and standing on a hand of 6 or more.

In the case where the Player draws, the Banker may or may not draw another card. The Banker’s actions are dictated by the following chart:

 

Banker Score

Player’s Third Card

 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

7

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

6

S

S

S

S

S

S

D

D

S

S

5

S

S

S

S

D

D

D

D

S

S

4

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

3

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

D

2

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

1

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

0

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

 

D=Draw

S=Stand

 

Memorizing the chart will help you track what’s happening in the game, making you better equipped to place successful bets. For a complete explanation of the game rules, check out the menu within our new version of baccarat. It comes with a tutorial for gameplay and a complete explanation of the game’s rules – beyond just the drawing and standing ones.