Updated On: April 27, 2017, 2:55 am

Three Popular Variants of Baccarat

Playing baccarat is simple with only three possible outcomes to place your wagers on. The three possible results you will get when you place your wagers are the player hand winning, the banker hand winning, or a tie. The game is reminiscent of the play of hands in blackjack though players don't necessarily play games against the dealer.

The highest score one can get in baccarat is ten. Tens and picture cards have no value in this game. If the hand you placed your bet on goes over ten it doesn't bust but the tens value just gets dropped. So if a hand gets a 17 it's real value in baccarat is seven.

Other than the above-mentioned basics, there are other variations of this game. Three variants of baccarat worth looking into are Punto Banco, Baccarat Chemin de Fer, and Baccarat Banque. We won't go into baccarat mini since it is basically the same as standard baccarat only with lower stakes. You might want to check a different page if you wish to go into detail with that variant of baccarat.

Punto Banco, the first one we mentioned earlier, is a baccarat variant that is played, traditionally, at an oval table. You will usually be playing this game with six to eight decks of cards in one shoe. You'll have a croupier, and also the dealers, shuffle the cards in this game.

Cards are dealt to the player hand first and then to the banker hand in that order. Each hand will have two cards where the croupier calls the totals. Additional cards will be dealt according to set rules.

On the other hand, Baccarat Chemin de Fer uses six decks. You'll usually see a basket at the center of the table for the used cards. In this variant the croupier shuffles the cards and the players shuffle after in turn. The croupier will then hand over some cards to the player acting as banker while the other players play as punters.

The banker in this baccarat variant deals cards to himself and to the punters. If the dealer's hand is better then the punters lose their wagers to the dealer. The banker pays each punter if the punters win this hand. If the punters win the next player will then take the role of banker.

In Baccarat Banque the banker position is rather permanent. This role is taken up by the player who has the biggest stakes. This game of baccarat usually uses three decks. The banker may retire in this baccarat variant with the provision that an amount of stake be stated before retiring. The next player will then take the role picking up from the retiring amount the previous banker left. These are baccarat variants worth trying for one to savor the elegance of this game.

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