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Baccarat Rules for Punto Blanco
Because of the three variants of baccarat - all of which are commonly used in different parts of the world - it would not be advisable for a player to play the game and think that one set of rules are applicable to all.
This article shall enlighten players on the generally held rules for Punto Blanco, the North American version of baccarat. Expect to play this version of baccarat when you're in casinos located in United States, Canada and Australia.
Baccarat Rule #1 The House is Always the Banker Unlike the other two versions of baccarat (baccarat chemin de fer and baccarat banque), Punto Blanco is a game where the house is always the banker.
Baccarat Rule #2 Betting Punters or those who are merely spectators can still bet, nevertheless, on the banker's hand, the player or on a tie between the banker and player.
If you bet on the player's hand, the house advantage is fairly low at 1.24%. If you believe the banker's hand will win, be aware that the house advantage is approximately 1.06%. When you take the banker's hand however, know that you're expected to always pay a 5% commission fee.
Baccarat Rule #3 The Tie The tie is always a controversial bet to make when playing this game because it rarely occurs and the payoffs are quite high. The house advantage however is very high - 14.4%!
Baccarat Rule #4 The Croupier The role of the croupier is to deal the cards to the player/s and the banker. He will also be the one to announce the winner of the game by simply saying either "Player Wins" or "Banker Wins". He is responsible as well for collecting debts and paying off winnings.
Baccarat Rule #5 The Payoff For Punto Banco, even money is usually paid off to both player and banker. When a banker however wins with cards totaling to 6, he's only paid half of his original bet.
Baccarat Rule #6 "Egalite" When you hear that word, that means there's a tie between the player and banker's hand.
Baccarat Rule #7 Table Minimum Always ask for the table's minimum bet because you might find yourself playing in the high rollers' league.
Baccarat Rule #8 Rules Besides the baccarat rules listed here, always find out the other rules of the casino. There might be something important you should learn!
We hope you enjoyed our free baccarat rules on Punto Blanco. Have fun playing the game!