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Baccarat Basics

How to play Baccarat

Baccarat (pronounced bah-ka-rah) has long been among the most popular casino games in Europe and Latin America, and, contrary to its appearance, is probably the simplest game to play.

Baccarat Overview

The object of Baccarat is to bet on one of two hands, the one you think will come closest to nine. Nine is the highest hand. Ten value cards have zero value. Aces always count as one. If the cards dealt total more than nine on either hand, they acquire the value of the second digit.

Example: 10=0 17=7 20=0 23=3.

The shoe holds eight decks of cards. It is passed around the table from player to player, counterclockwise, every time a player hand wins.This encourages each player to take an active part in dealing the game. Before cards are dealt from the shoe, everyone places their bet on the side they think will win (banker or player). The player with the shoe then deals four cards alternately. Two are designated player cards; two are designated banker cards. The croupier announces the total of each hand and, if the rules require, will call for a possible third card for either side (see chart). The winning side is announced, losing bets are collected and winning bets are paid even money.

All winning bets on the bank side are assessed a 5% commission. The dealer will keep a running account of your commission, which must be paid at the completion of the shoe (you may pay your commission anytime during the game).

There are two other bets called “pairs” and “tie.” On the “Pairs” bet, you are betting the first two cards on either the Banker or Player hands are a pair. If they are, you will be paid 12 for 1. On the “Tie” bet, you are betting that both the player and banker hands will tie. If they tie, you will be paid 9 for 1. There is also an additional proposition wager called Lucky 6. Should you choose to wager on the Lucky 6, you win 13 for 1 on any winning two card Banker hand totaling 6 and 21 for 1 on any three card Banker hand totaling 6.

We invite you to sit down at any some of the best Baccarat tables in Vegas where our dealers will be glad to show you the game and answer any further questions.

No Commission Baccarat

This exciting variation of Baccarat charges no commission on a winning bank hand. However, the payoff on a winning Banker hand totaling 6 receives 50% of the original bet.

Basic Rules To Remember

  1. If banker and/or player hand has a total of eight or nine on first two cards, no further cards are drawn.
  2. Player hand having zero to five must draw one card. Player hand having six or seven must stand.
  3. Banker hand stands or draws one card as directed by the chart.
Mini-baccarat offers the same excitement and fun that baccarat does. The same rules apply as in Baccarat. In Mini-Baccarat, the croupier is the only person permitted to deal the cards.


Player Hand Third Card Rule

When a player’s first two cards total:   Player’s hand:
0-1-2-3-4-5 Draws a card
6-7 Stands
8-9 Natural stands



When banker’s first two cards total: Draws when player’s third card is: Does not draw when player’s third card is:
0-1-2 Banker’s hand always draws on a two-card total of 0-1-2
3 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-0 8
4 2-3-4-5-6-7 1-8-9-0
5 4-5-6-7 1-2-3-8-9-0
6 6-7 1-2-3-4-5-8-9-0
7 Stands
8-9 Natural stands


Stadium Baccarat

This exciting new format puts a new twist on the classic baccarat format, infusing great moments of expectation and thrills with an accessible table minimum of just $5. If you have a love of baccarat, you’ll definitely want to give Stadium Baccarat a try.

Stadium Baccarat is very similar to playing Baccarat at the table. The dealer is dealing the game in front of you, and you can watch the cards being dealt through the display on the betting terminal. Players place their wagers by touching the betting area on their terminals and have an opportunity to play up to four games at the same time.