All About Baccarat Hand Values

Casino - Oct. 21, 2014

Before playing any Baccarat game in an online casino, it is essential for players to understand the value of hands in the game. Since the player actually has little control over the game and the outcome, knowing hand values is the key to being a successful player online. The key is knowing when extra cards will be dealt, as these can change the initial value of the hands in play. All the player needs to do is decide whether to bet on the banker, player or a tie hand.

The value of a hand in baccarat depends on the cards that are dealt. Any card that is 2 through 9 will have face value. An Ace will be valued at a single point and tens through King are zero. To determine the value, add the cards and subtract 10. This will allow any hand to offer the value between 0 and 9. For example, if the hand shows an 8 and 9, the value is 17 less 10, so the hand is actually worth 7.

The player hand will be dealt two cards. If the value of that hand is between 0 and 5, a third card is offered. However, if the value is 8 or 9, no third card is offered. The banker hand also receives two cards. The third card rule is a bit different here. Drawing that third card will solely depend on the value of the player hand, banker hand and the player third card value. If a player hand is 8 or 9, the banker cannot draw a third card. However, if the player hand is 6 or 7, a third card can be drawn.

The rules for the banker continue and if the player hand is between 0 and 5, the banker hand ability to draw will depend on the third card value of the player hand and the existing banker hand. If the banker hand is between 0 and 2, a third card is always drawn. If the value is 3, a third card is drawn, but only if the player hand is not 8. If the banker value is 4, the third card is drawn when the player hand is between 2 and 7. If the hand is 5, the third card is drawn with a player hand between 4 and 7.

The rules for drawing a third card are the most confusing in the game, but after learning these, players will quickly be able to enjoy Baccarat and make the right bets at the table.

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