The dazzling lights, the whirring sounds and the cheers of excitement when someone lands the jackpot are all part of the allure of the casino. If you feel like a card game, but want something different than your run-of-the-mill blackjack or poker, a great alternative is baccarat. The fantastic thing about this game is that there is no complicated strategy involved. Like slots, there is only one strategy – place a bet and see if you get lucky!
Where Did Baccarat Start?
According to Forbes, baccarat can be traced back to the gambling salons of Italy and France. In actual fact, it was created in Italy, in the 1400s, by Felix Falguiere. Felix named the game ‘baccara’ – which means zero in Italian – as all the tens and face cards were worth zero. It then filtered into the casinos of Asia and then went to the United States of America.
How To Play Baccarat
In a game of baccarat, there can be any number of players and a dealer. The dealer gives each player, as well as themselves, two cards which are face up. The hand which equals the closest to nine wins.
Before the cards are dealt, each of the players will bet either on the players hand or the dealers hand. If a player’s hand wins, and you’ve placed a bet here, then you’ll get double what you wagered. However, if you bet on the dealer’s hand – and the dealer wins – you’ll get back 95% of your wager.
It’s as simple as that! No need to study the other players’ faces to see if they are bluffing or not. It’s all about the luck of the draw. But, it doesn’t hurt to cross your fingers before the dealer dishes out the cards or take your lucky charm to the table to up your odds…
Why Play Baccarat
There are so many reasons why you should be playing baccarat. The first one of these is that it’s easy! As we said before, there’s no complicated strategy involved so you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself without the need to plot and plan your next move. The only strategy is to always bet on the banker’s hand.
Also, in baccarat there is a low house edge. The ‘house edge’ is a term used in the casino world to mean the percentage of money that the casino retains from every bet. So a lower house edge will mean that with baccarat the casino takes a lower percentage from every bet than it would with other casino games. So, it’s a win-win situation for you!
So next time you want to kick back and relax at the casino, why not try your hand at baccarat? It will definitely get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping. A great night out will definitely be had!