# Baccarat Rules: Everything you need to know to play

by TM Maria Be a king in your own kingdom
It is necessary, first of all, to banish the prejudice that places baccarat as an exclusive game for specialists or for an elite environment. On the contrary, its popularity in online casino games is growing increasingly.

And it's not a challenging card game, you just have to keep certain rules in mind and enjoy it just like James Bond does in his mythical movies.

The basic rules of baccarat

The object of the game is to get to add 9 with the cards or get as close as possible to that number. For this, it must be taken into account that some cards charge a different value than usual.

For example, the J, the Queen, the King, and the 10 are worth zero. While all aces are worth one point. The cards from 2 to 9 keep the value indicated by the card

Start the game

With the baccarat rules already stipulated, it's time to start playing.

1) Like other casino games such as blackjack, there can be three outcomes in each hand: player win, banker win, or tie.

2) The dealer distributes 2 cards to the player and 2 to the bank. Those are added up and so each gets a total. If one or both add 8 or 9 points the game is over. This is called a “natural victory”.

3) A key fact: you cannot exceed 9 points with the first two cards. If the total is greater, the first number is dropped.

For example: if the player receives a 6 and a 7, the count is 13, but the 1 is removed and the hand is worth 3.

4) If the sum of the two cards of each one does not reach 8 or 9, the dealer must deliver a third card, first to the player and then to the bank. And there yes, the hand that is closest to 9 wins.

The decision of the third card

The option to ask for the third card sharpens the player's strategy. The most usual thing is that it is not requested when the sum of the first two reached 6 or 7. And naturally, it is logical to request the extra card when it reaches 4 or less. What to do when the sum gave 5? That decision implies embarking on the adventure with a 50% probability of winning or losing.

James Bond, the most famous player

The origin of baccarat dates from the mid-15th century and specialists say that it began to be played in France, especially among members of the nobility. Although there are historians who say that the game is even older and refers to Chinese ancestors or Ancient Rome.

The truth is that he knew how to expand borders and gain validity until these days. There is no doubt about who is the most famous baccarat player: James Bond, the glamorous Agent 007 who was seen in the novels and movies of the saga, was seen enjoying the game in Las Vegas casinos.

With all this data, it is worth making a key mention: baccarat has a large dose of chance. Although beyond what is left to the luck of the cards, there are strategies and abilities that distinguish good players.

With these baccarat rules, you are ready to play.