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Baccarat: Punto or Banco

The game of Baccarat or Punto Banco is usually played in a separate room from the main casino. There may be sometimes three casino dealers and up to 14 players sitting at the table at one time.

How to Play Baccarat

There are two main bets at Baccarat:
Either on the banker or the player, hence the Punto Banco, plus a rarely used Standoff. Some casinos also let the players deal the cards in turn whereas other casinos have a dealer actually deal the cards. Baccarat online plays with a virtual dealer.

Each player, plus the player dealing, may bet either on the Punto or the Banco, but is customary for the dealer to bet on Banco. The shoe remains with one player as long as the Bank is winning. If the Punto wins, the shoe is passed to the next player to deal.

During Baccarat, two hands are dealt and you bet on which hand will win, or whether they will tie. The payoff is even money, except for a standoff which is 8 or 9 to 1. The difference between Punto and Banco is that betting on Banco the casino will charge you a 5 percent commission levied by the casino.

It has been established that in the course of using an 8 deck shoe, cards will win three to four times more in favor of the Banco in a game of Baccarat.

The Deal

The dealer will put two cards face down under the shoe and then deal two more cards face down to the player with the largest bet on Punto.

The player looks at his cards and then gives them back to the dealer, while the dealer flips over all cards and the casino dealer will announce the winner.

If either hand has a total of 8 or 9, it is called a natural and no more cards are dealt. If not, then depending the values of the hands, the casino dealer may have the card dealer deal a third card. The decision is set by precise rules used by all casinos.

Once the dealing is completed, then the hand that is highest wins. The casino dealers will collect the losing bets first and then pay off the winning bets.

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