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Live Baccarat Rules for Beginners

Author: Neha Agrawal

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It is crucial that players know that if they have no idea how to play baccarat in general, then they certainly should not be attempting to play baccarat at a live casino. However, if you do have some idea of the logistics of the game, then you might do reasonably well.

However, to understand the basics of baccarat is a fairly rapid process, regardless of what myths surround the game about being difficult to learn. Okay, let’s clear that up. Baccarat is hard and difficult to learn, but only if you are interested in learning every tip and trick, and every single aspect of the game. To learn basic baccarat is a short and simple process. The knowledge you will get here should be enough to assist you in playing in a live baccarat game.

Basically, baccarat is a card game where you play against the banker. The player’s primary role is to determine who is going to win the hand, and this is what they bet on. They are betting on either the dealer's or the player’s hand winning, although they can also wager on a tie.

A minimum of three decks of cards are shuffled, and the banker will deal two cards each to himself and to the player. The objective of baccarat is to get the two cards total as close to nine as possible. Aces count as ones, with tens and face cards all counting for tens. The remainder of the deck count at their face value.

If a baccarat player's cards total over nine, a ten is removed from the number; for example a pair of kings would total twenty. When this happens a ten is subtracted leaving ten, which is still greater than a nine, so another ten is subtracted, leaving the player with a total of zero. If a player were to have an eight and a six, they would have a total of fourteen. Fourteen is greater than a nine, so minus a ten again makes it a total hand of four.

If the player or the dealer has particularly low cards after two cards have been revealed they may have to take a third card. This is determined by the drawing rules for each baccarat game, which are decided before the game commences and should be written on the table you are playing at.

That is basically about all there is to baccarat; at least in its most elemental form. With this information, you should be more than capable of playing a live game and doing somewhat well as few online baccarat players are what you would call masters of the game.