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How to play Baccarat

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Baccarat is a casino favourite, and at its core, is one of the simplest card games out there. It is also one of the only games where the result of the player could still mean a profit for you. Sounds weird right?

We have game rules on our site, but we thought we would delve deeper into one of the oldest card games, stemming back to the early 19th century. This way, we can truly show you how to play Baccarat.

Simply put, you bet on whether you think the player or the banker will get a score closest, but not over, 9. Or, you may want to bet on the tie as well – a quite possible outcome. It does get more complex, something which we will go through later throughout this guide.


Player: 2x

Tie: 8x

Banker: 2x

Card value

Card value is a little different in Baccarat, with face cards (jack, queen, king) and tens all worth zero .

Aces are worth one , as seen in other card games.


Two cards are dealt to both the player and the banker, which concludes the first round of dealing.

If you are dealt two cards that add up to over 10, the second digit becomes the value of your hand.

7 + 7 = 14 Displayed as 4 9 + 10 = 19

Displayed as 9

In Baccarat, hands have a minimum of two cards per player, with a maximum of three.

After the first round of dealing, the next step is to determine if there will be any third cards drawn.

The second round of dealing, if needed, determines whether the player needs a third card. The table below outlines when this would be the case.

The Banker’s third card commences the third and final round of dealing. The table below outlines when a banker will draw or stand.

Once all the cards are dealt, the winning hand is then calculated. That being, the hand that is closest to 9.

In the event of a tie, neither hand wins or loses – it is classed as a push. This means both the player and the banker get their wages back.


The squeeze feature goes back quite some time, and is based around superstition. Stake have the optional squeeze feature which tries to replicate the atmosphere and experience of being in a real casino.

It is a way of peeking ever so slightly at your cards, revealing them in the most subtle way possible. It creates tension and a sense of nervousness around the table. The card’s number is always carefully covered by a finger.

It derives from Chinese gamblers, who actually believe they can change the value of the card by the way they squeeze it.

Nevertheless, it is a popular feature that Stake have implemented that replicates the real casino experience on your phone, laptop or tablet.

While the bare bones of Baccarat are as simple as picking which hand is going to be closest to 9, there are some instances where it can be easy for a player to be completely and utterly confused about what is happening.

We hope that the rules and tables above work as education to one of the most loved casino games in the world – a game that is as easy to win as picking red or black.