Baccarat Basics

Baccarat is a card game that has become a casino staple. There are three to six standard cards used in the game, and they are shuffled and dealt from a box called a shoe. Players place their bets on either the Player or Banker hand, and the winner is determined by which hand is closest to nine points. The game also features side bets such as the Super Six and Pair Bets.

To play the game, you first need to determine how much to wager. While high rollers may bet thousands per round, most players will only bet a few bucks. Baccarat is a game of chance, so be sure to set a budget in advance and stick to it.

Once your bets are placed, the dealer will deal the cards. The Banker and Player hands will each receive two cards. Depending on the value of these two cards, one or both hands may be given a third card.

The Banker hand wins about 45.8% of the time, and ties occur about 9.6% of the time. This makes the Banker bet one of the best betting options in the casino.

The Super Six bet is an optional bet that pays out 12x the original bet amount if the Banker hand wins with six. The Pair bet pays out 11x the initial bet amount if the first two cards are a pair of matching numbers. In addition to these bets, you can make an additional bet on a tie. The payouts for these bets vary from casino to casino.