modern version of the ancient games of Online Baccarat
Games is played with 10 or more decks of cards. The
decks are shuffled by the caller, cut by a player,
and placed in a dealing box (the shoe), after the
insertion of a cut card near the end of the combined
decks to indicate the last hand. The shoe is then
passed to a player at seat number one, who becomes
the banker, although he may bet either hand. The shoe
moves counterclockwise around the table each time
the bank hand loses. Any player who becomes the banker
may elect to pass the bank then, or at the completion
of any hand, but to be eligible to deal, the banker
must have at least a minimum bet on the table in either
After all wagers are placed, the banker alternately
deals out four cards, face down, first to the caller,
who slides the cards to a player (traditionally the
largest bettor for that hand), and second to himself,
sliding these banker's cards under a corner of the
shoe. The player then turns over his two cards and
tosses them to the caller, who announces the total.
Following this, the banker uncovers the two cards
that were tucked under the corner of the shoe, and
the croupier calls out their value. The four suits
have no meaning. At this point, a decision for the
hand may have been reached with just these four cards.
Tens and face cards count zero; all other cards count
their point value; and if the hand totals more than
9, the left digit is disregarded; thus, unlike online
blackjack games, no hand can bust. Totals of 8 or
9 are naturals, and are automatic winners, although
a natural 9 beats a natural 8. If the player hand
adds up to 6, 7, 8, or 9, or if the banker hand totals
7, 8, or 9, no additional cards are dealt and the
hand that comes closest to a total of 9 wins and all
bets are settled. Ties are a push; no money is exchanged
and players are free to change their bets as they
two or more players are eliminated in the same hand,
they place according to their chip count at the beginning
of the hand; another way of saying this is that the
player who goes out in the side pot that is decided
first finishes ahead of the other all-in player.
Finally, players don't have to play until the bitter
end; they can negotiate a conclusion to the contest.
For example, if two players remain, they can agree
to split the sum of the monies for 1st and 2nd places.
The negotiated settlements don't have to be even splits;
the player with more chips-and the advantage-can certainly
insist on a greater share.