Online Baccarat at All Jackpots
The Ease and Fun of Playing Baccarat Online
To most people, the casino game Baccarat is synonymous with glamour and high society. The game conjures up images of well dressed, bejewelled women playing alongside tuxedoed men in a roped off area designated exclusively for Baccarat, considered by many to be the Greatest of casino games.
But online Baccarat (pronounced bac-car-ah) has brought the game within reach of millions of gamblers who may never otherwise have had a chance to play this prestigious game. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, anybody who enjoys a good casino card game can play Baccarat online. Baccarat remains a special and stylish game but online Baccarat is now played in homes across the globe and no longer just in ritzy and glamorous French Riviera casinos.
The exact origins of Baccarat are not really known, though it is pretty much agreed that it was born in Italy in the mid-15th century. The Italians called it “baccara,” the Italian word for zero (since the face cards in a Baccarat deck hold a point value of zero).
How to Play Baccarat — The Basics
Because of its once exclusive aura, Baccarat is not as well known or widely played as some of the other table games, such as Roulette and Blackjack. But online Baccarat is easy to learn and fun to play.
Baccarat is a game of chance in which two hands are played: the banker’s and the player’s. Each hand can receive a maximum of three cards and after that the hand closest to 9 is the winner. Unlike Blackjack, there is no “busting” in Baccarat. When you play Baccarat, you simply bet on which hand you think will have a value closest to 9. Face cards and 10s have a value of 0; aces are worth 1; all other cards are worth their face value. If the value of the two cards totals 10 or over, then the first digit of the total is discarded. For example, if a 7 and a 5 are showing, the 1 is eliminated and the value becomes 2, not 12.