The protagonists of each game are two: the dealer and the player. However, up to 14 bettors can intervene at each bet, who can bet on the victory, the draw or the defeat of the player or the dealer.
Unlike blackjack, where you always play with the player opposite the dealer, in Baccarat there is the possibility to bet on both the dealer and the player.
Baccarat is played with as many as six decks of French cards without the inclusion of the “Jolly” cards and the dealer, known as the “dealer”, will be positioned in the center of the table. The other players will position themselves to the left and right of the dealer each in a predetermined position called “tableaux” or simply in Italian “ali”.
The baccarat rules require each player in turn to challenge the dealer by trying to win or by quitting the game in case of a loss. In that case the action passes to the next player. The player who plays is nominated.
Are there any ways to win at Baccarat?
Wandering around the casinos and taking a look at the tables, Baccarat players often take notes on the progress of the game to understand the trends that are repeated more often and refine their strategy. In reality, every hand of Baccarat should be understood as an event unrelated to what happened in previous hands. That’s why taking notes is definitely not a strategy.
The real strategy is to bet on the bank!
We have seen in the rules that Baccarat offers players three different types of bets: the one on the bank, the one on the player and the one on the tie. The first two have good chances of winning, the third is to be excluded. If you want to bet to win, the best choice is the dealer: according to the number of decks used, the online casino advantage on the player’s hand is generally 1.25%, while on the dealer’s hand it is only 1.06%.
It is true that the dealer’s hand always takes away a 5% “commission”, favoring the casino advantage up to 2.5%; however, when the bet is offset by the player’s hand, the margin drops towards the 1% threshold. If you feel more in the mood to take a risk then try the player bet, but rule out the tie anyway: it’s probably the only sure way to never win!