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Baccarat is one of the best casino games available for today's player. The object of the game is simple: Players bet on either of two hands dealt on the table: the "player" or the "banker". The hand that comes closer to 9 wins. Besides, this game has a very low house edge. The house edge if you bet on player is approx. 1.36%, whereas if you bet on banker the house edge is 1.17%. It compares to betting on red or black at roulette or the 'pass' and 'don't pass' wagering craps.

Baccarat rules
The rules of the game may seem a bit confusing at first, but to play you don't need to be an expert. All you have to do is decide which hand you think might win, and then bet on it. On this site we have described the American baccarat rules as it is played at U.S. Casinos.

Baccarat Table
Baccarat Betting Rules
Baccarat Hand Values
Baccarat Drawing Rules
You will find yourself having more fun if you are familiar with the rules, and know what's going on.

Modern types of the game
Casinos always try to give baccarat an aura of glamor. The play area is ropped-off to separate it from the rest of the casino, dealers are tuxedo-clad, there is an air of elegance and exclusivity - everything is made to attract the high rollers who can wager more than average players. This game is a serious business for a casino, and is usually played for serious money.

All this stuff makes us intimidated by baccarat, but it is a simple game of luck and one of the easiest casino games to play. Today, we can play modern types: Mini baccarat is played under the same rules as American one, have the same odds, but the lower table limits. As for online baccarat, you can control over your surroundings and no alcohol being forced upon you.

Baccarat Strategy
What makes an optimal baccarat strategy? It can be summarized in five easy rules:

Number of decks. Choose the game with as few decks as possible.
Look for the casino that charge a commission on banker bets lower than 5%.
Bet on the banker. This bet has the lowest house edge.
Money management. Work out the plan for the gaming session and follow it.
Don't use baccarat systems. It is not wise to base your gaming decisions on results of previous bets.
You can find more information about baccarat strategy and baccarat systems.

History of the game
The game has European origin. It was invented by Italian gambler more than five centuries ago. Since that ancient times, baccarat traveled across the countries and continents, getting different variations and rules.

Nowadays we know about four popular variations of the game: American, Chemin de fer, European and Baccarat en Banque.

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