More Australians than ever are now spending their free time playing on online casino sites. The games have become extremely popular and many gamblers have made good money from them, even becoming millionaires. Although the majority of people visit the sites to have an enjoyable time, a growing number of gamblers have found that they can now make a reasonable living through betting on online casinos. Baccarat is one such game which gives a better than average return for your money. It has probably grown in popularity having been featured in several James Bond movies, which gives an impression – rightly or wrongly – of the amount of financial reward that can be made.
The game itself maybe one of the oldest gambling games, and has been popular since its first conception in the Middle Ages. There is some debate as to whether this was originally an Italian game or whether it came from France and even today no one can give an assured answer to this question. However, the Italian word ‘baccarat’ translates into the English word meaning ‘zero’. It has a reputation of being played by rich and famous people, but this is not always the case. In live casinos, the baccarat tables are normally separated from the main gambling area in order for players to be able to concentrate better in a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
As in every game played and before taking part, it would beneficial for all players to learn the Baccarat rules before beginning to play. Although it is portrayed as an extremely serious and difficult game, it has been proven to be not the case and even the complete novice players have been able to start playing within a reasonably short period of time. The game sized table does not differ from the normal standard size of gambling tables. There are normally three casino dealers per table and the number of players is usually averaging out at around twelve or fourteen per table. Whoever becomes the dealer also becomes the banker, and players can bet against each other or against the banker or the tie. There are mainly three variations of the game, depending on in which country it is being played. Baccarat ‘chemin de fer’ (also known as railroad) is mainly played in France; the other two types are ‘punto banco’ (normally played in North America) and ‘baccarat banque’.
The game is played using three sets of playing cards. The idea is for the player to complete a hand of two or three cards, which add up as close as possible to the number nine in the first two cards. There are also two natural hands in the game which are a natural eight (this is considered as the second best hand) and a natural nine. Should the banker or another player have these cards others playing do not get a third card and bets are called off in a tie. All cards from two to 9 carry their face value, while 10; Jack, Queen and King are valued at zero. All Aces are valued as 1. When a player’s hand totals greater than 10, then the first digit is dropped. For example, a player might have a hand showing 4 and 1 totaling 5. One the other hand they could have two cards totaling 13, but the first digit is dropped, so the score would be 3.
The game comes in three different varieties. The main one is straight Baccarat, which is played as described above. The other types are midi and mini baccarat. Mini baccarat works initially in the same way as above, but there are also two main features which show the differences. In the main baccarat the players can turn over the cards. However, in mini baccarat it is the dealers’ responsibility to turn these over. This in return makes the game move much faster, which is better and more enjoyable for the players. Both types of baccarat use the same number of packs of cards and the odds of winning are pretty much the same.
Main and mini baccarat games are usually found in the main gambling areas of most live casinos and are played on similar sized tables. The third game is midi baccarat. This is similar in a way to mini baccarat, but one difference is that there is a difference in size of the table The midi game is played on a longer table and is normally found not in the main gambling area, but there are more in the other rooms which are reserved for high rollers.
So there are the three different games, all basically the same but with slight differences in two of them. It is, as always, the gamblers choice which one to choose. But no matter what that decision is, once the concept of the game has been grasped then it should not be long before financial rewards are obtained.