In it’s simplest form, the game of baccarat is played by two betters – a “banker” and a “player” who each receive a hand comprising two cards. The object of the game is to have a pip count, called a “point” of 9 or lower: the higher hand wins. The remaining betters at the baccarat table bet on the hand they think will win and whether the two would tie.
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Although a number of variations of baccarat excist, these basic rules of the game and the order of play are standard.
Baccarat is played on a long, hour-glass-shaped table marked with seven betting positions around each short end. There are indents at the center of each long edge so that two dealers and a caller can stand close to the action.
Each dealer is responsible for managing the chips and bets at his end of the table, while the caller directs the betters to place bets on the banker or player and/or on a tie. In front of the dealers are numbered boxes – one per better – for commission chips.
In Baccarat the cards are dealt by one of the betters, starting at position 1 on the baccarat table, the shoe passes to each person in turn and he takes on the role of the banker. This player is responsible for dealing until he loses a hand or no longer wishes to play and the shoe passes to the next better on the right (clockwise around the table).