Online casinos offer a range of games for players, including pokies, dice games, table games and card games. It is the card games, however, that are seen as the more serious ones, and these are the ones often depicted in the movies with high risk and anticipation. Poker, blackjack, and baccarat are some of the games available at an online casino and whilst poker and blackjack are the more commonly known ones, baccarat is as popular as the others.

Popular Baccarat Games There are three main types of baccarat that can be played. These are Punto Banco, which is also commonly referred to as American baccarat, Chemin de Fer, and Baccarat Banque. Punto Banco is the baccarat game most common in New Zealand. Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banque are the more historic versions of the game, and it is often said that these versions require greater skill on behalf of the player, as more decisions need to be made. Punto Banco has more set rules, making the game a little simpler and is the most common form of baccarat played in casinos today.

The Rules of the Game

Baccarat is a card comparing game, and players hold a hand of either two or three cards. The different types of online baccarat games in Canada are all rather similar, and it is only in the dealing of the third card that one finds any differences between them.

The objective of the game is to hold a hand of cards with a numeric value that equals or comes closest to nine. The number cards two till nine are taken at face value, while all the face cards are valued at zero. The aces have a value of eleven. The value of all the cards in hand is summed up, and then the tens figure is omitted; this results in the hand value. It is, then, only the rightmost number of the summed values that counts as the player’s total value. While this may seem a little complicated, players don’t have to do these calculations themselves. It is the dealer or, if playing online, the software, that will present the final value.

If the player’s hand value is eight or nine, while holding only two cards, the player wins the game. If the value is zero, the player loses. The term ‘baccarat’ can literally be translated as ‘zero’, and this is what one will try to avoid while playing. If a player has a hand value that lies anywhere between zero and eight, then a third card may or may not be drawn, depending on the type of baccarat being played. If the game is Chemin de Fer or Baccarat Bangue, the drawing of the third card is up to the player.

If the game played is Punto Banco, then there is no such skill or decision-making involved. The rule of whether or not to draw a third card is pre-set. If the player holds a hand with a value between zero and five, a third card has to be drawn. If the player holds a hand with a value of six or seven, then no third card is drawn.

If the player has a hand value of eight or nine, this is seen as a win, and, if the hand value is zero, this is seen as a loss. This is termed hitting baccarat.

An exciting and fast-paced game that’s famous for being James Bond’s favourite, baccarat is becoming a favourite of many players in New Zealand.