With only three different betting options and no set pattern for the outcome of any baccarat game, it is one of the easiest card games offered at the online casino to learn.
Baccarat is purely a game of chance so there are no complex strategies or systems to master. Further, it also usually has the lowest house edge making it easy to adopt a few simple betting techniques.
Betting on the ‘banker’ hand is the safest bet because the house edge on that bet is close to 1 per cent. The chances of betting on the winning hand of the ‘banker’ are slightly higher than betting on the ‘player’ winning. The ‘banker’ hand pays even money, however, there is typically a house commission of 5 per cent. Nevertheless, with such a low house edge, betting on the hand of the ‘banker’ is still the best option in the long run.
A bet on the ‘player’ hand always has a slightly higher house edge, usually around 1.25 per cent. The ‘player’ hand pays even money and there is no house commission on a winning bet.
The final betting option is the ‘tie’ bet which is notoriously a bad bet. The occurrence of a tie is very remote with a house edge of nearly 5 per cent which is very high by any standards. Its attractiveness lies in the fact that a tie pays 8 to 1. But avoid it like the plague like all other smart gamblers.
It is important that players have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the rules of baccarat to catch any mistakes by other players or the dealer.