Baccarat is a game of card-comparison similar to Blackjack, and is one of the most popular casino games in the world. Try your hand at this easy-to-learn game, and cater to your inner James Bond. El Cortez features a Pair Bet (Side Wager).
In Baccarat, it’s a simple as comparing the player’s score to the banker’s, although you can bet on either one. Cards have a point value: cards 2–9 are worth face value (in points); 10s, Js, Qs and Ks have no point value; Aces are worth 1 point. Hands are valued according to the rightmost digit of the sum of their constituent cards: for example, a hand consisting of 2 and 3 is worth 5, but a hand consisting of 6 and 7 is worth 3 (i.e. the 3 being rightmost digit in the combined points total: 13). The highest possible hand value in Baccarat is 9.
Baccarat is dealt from a shoe 8 decks of cards shuffled together. For each hand, two cards are dealt face up to each hand, starting from “player” and alternating between the hands. The croupier may call the total. If either Player or Banker or both achieve a total of 8 or 9 at this stage, the hand is finished and the result is announced: Player win, a Banker win, or tie. If neither hand has eight or nine, the drawing rules are applied to determine whether Player should receive a third card. Then, based on the value of any card drawn to the player, the drawing rules are applied to determine whether the Banker should receive a third card. The hand is then finished, the outcome is announced and winning bets are paid out. Then, once you’re done cheering and celebrating, another round begins.