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Learn to Play – Baccarat

Hi, and welcome to Crown’s Learn to Play series. 2 to 1 baccarat is actually one of the simpler casino games to learn with only three possible outcomes for you to select: player, banker, and tie. In this game, you decide whether to place your bet on the banker hand, the player hand, and or a tied hand in one of the betting areas on the table. Then sit back and relax as the cards are dealt to each hand in accordance with the table of play, also known as the “tableau”.

After all players have placed their bets on banker, player, and or tie, the dealer will commence the round of play. Two different sets of cards, called “hands”, are dealt by the dealer. One hand is called the player hand, and the other is called the banker hand. A minimum of two cards are dealt to each hand, and then depending on the totals of these cards, additional cards may need to be drawn to complete the round of play.

All cards are worth their face value except the picture cards and 10s which are worth zero. Aces are worth one. If the hand total is more than nine, only the right-hand digit is considered.

For example, a total of 12 will become 2. The hand with the highest total closest to nine wins. So a hand containing a six and a three, total of nine, will beat a hand with a six and a seven.

With this hand, the total equals 13, but only the 3 is considered and therefore the 9 wins. In 2 to 1 baccarat, all winning hands are paid even money, except when the banker or player wins with a three-card total of eight or nine. In this instance, winning bets are paid at odds of two to one. This is double the amount of your original bet. So a $10 bet is paid $20.

Where the two hands have the same total this is called a tie. When the result is a tie, all tie bets are paid at odds of eight to one. This means a $10 bet is paid $80, and all banker and player bets lose. You can also bet on the first two cards to each or either hand being the same value. This is called baccarat pairs. A winning baccarat pairs bet is paid at odds of 11 to 1.

A $20 bet is paid $220. If you need any further help, please speak to a friendly Crown host. Good luck.