Baccarat is one of the most popular card games provided by land based as well as online casinos. The rules related to Baccarat are quite simple to understand and anybody can participate just after going through them. This game involves comparison of two hands, the player and the banker. The outcome of this game can be of three forms in favor of bank, in favor of player or a tie.
Over a long period of time, different types of Baccarat have been introduced and majority of them still follow the basic gaming rules. Some of the popular variants of baccarat which are played all over the world include the following.
- Punto Banco
- Chemin de Fer
- Baccarat en Banque
- Super Pan 9
- Three Card Baccarat
This variant of baccarat is commonly played in United States, Australia and Canada. In this game the casinos act as the banker all of the time and all the rules associated with classic game of baccarat are followed. Player of this game is allowed to bet upon Punto/ player or Banco/casino. The one with better points in total is declared the winner. There is also a third choice to bet upon called “Egalité” which literary means even.
Chemin de Fer
This type of baccarat is mostly played in European countries. In this variant the players are allowed to play as the banker and do all the dealing. The role of the banker rotates from player to player. This game allows up to twelve players to participate in it. The objective of this game is to gain a hand of nine out of three or cards dealt to the player. The major difference between this game and American baccarat is that in the former, players bet one at a time against each other instead of the casino.
Baccarat en Banque
This is another variant of baccarat that is prevalent in European countries. This game is played by using three decks of cards. The role of the banker in this version is auctioned to the operators or concessionaires who are ready to take the highest risk. The main difference between this variant and classic baccarat is that there is a permanent banker and instead of two hands, three are dealt. One is for the bank and two are for the player.
Super Pan 9
This variant of baccarat is popular in the county of Los Angeles, USA. The rules are quite similar to baccarat. In Super Pan 9 uses multiple numbers of modified decks of cards. The number of decks used in a game depends upon casino to casino. Normally each deck contains thirty six cards which include cards ranging from ace to six and all the face cards. One player gets designated as the banker and this role rotates from player to player. The players are provided with a choice of declining to become a banker and in such a scenario the turn goes on to the next player. In this game only players are allowed to make the bets.
Three Card Baccarat
This form of baccarat is usually provided in the casinos located in Macau especially at Venetian and Lisboa. Three card baccarat is played by using a normal deck of cards. Three cards are dealt to the player and the banker. Unlike other variants of baccarat, in this version the highest hand a player or a banker can get is three face cards.