What is Baccarat?
We'll start this guide on how to play Baccarat by telling you that Baccarat is a card game in which a Player and a Banker aim to get a total as close to 9 as possible. Picture cards and 10s have no value, Aces count as 1, and all other cards have their face value. When you begin, two cards will be dealt to each of the Player and the Banker. A third card may then be dealt to one or both of those hands, depending on their initial totals.
Whether or not the Player or Banker receives a third card is determined strictly by the rules of the game. It is not something for the Player or Banker to decide of their own accord. Because of this, neither the Player nor the Banker can influence the outcome of the game. They can simply play things out according to the rules.
This being the case, it is also important to note that you aren't personally trying to beat the Banker. Instead, you simply bet on whether the Player or the Banker hand will win, or whether the hand will result in a Tie.
Where to Play Baccarat
Baccarat was a table game at land-based casinos long before the internet was around. And it continues to be something of a traditional offering at brick-and-mortar establishments. However, it isn't available at every land-based casino, so if you want to guarantee yourself some Baccarat action, you are probably better off playing online.
You can read our reviews of online operators by visiting our online casinos page. However, don't forget that different states have different rules about which casinos can and can't operate within their boundaries, so your own choice may be more limited. Our state pages will allow you to see what gambling laws apply in your own location. Some of the online casinos that we are always happy to recommend are highlighted below.