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How to Play Baccarat - Know the Layout

Would you like to learn how to play baccarat? After all, it is a game with a rich history and something of an "aura" about it, in that it has taken on a glamorous image that adds a little lustre to the play of the game. Whether the reality is the same is another question, because there is nothing inaccessible about baccarat, especially now that anyone can play it in an online casino for comparatively low stakes.

In order to learn how to play baccarat, you first have to have an understanding of what the very basics of this game are. All of that starts with the layout of the baccarat table. Let's explore it.


One of the first things you're going to notice with a baccarat table is that it is big; in fact, though it is not as big as a craps table, it is indeed much bigger than a blackjack table. there is usually going to be seating that will accommodate 12 or 14 players, and that higher figure would be double what a blackjack table holds. For the sake of discussing the table further as we learn how to play baccarat, let's go ahead within the parameters of talking about the 14-seat baccarat table.


What you are going to find here are seven seats on each end of the table. They are numbered as well. Here is where you've got to follow closely, because the seats are numbered from one (1) to fifteen (15). Why is that? Well, because like apartment buildings that consciously ignore the 13th floor, the baccarat table ignores the 13th seat. Would you expect anything less within a casino? Certainly learning how to play baccarat shouldn't start with bad luck.


When a player sits down at the baccarat table, there are two different spaces in front of him (or her). Those spaces allow for a bet on either of two different outcomes - the Player or the Banker. When a decision is made on which side to wager on, that is where that bet is made. There is a third outcome, which is a Tie, and a common space where any bets placed on that outcome are going to be placed.


In the middle of the table, there are markings that designate "Bankers" and "Players." These represent not the house and the participant, but rather, either of two "sides" that the player can bet on, and this is where the cards for those two sides are going to be situated.


Okay, now you know what it looks like as you start on the way to learn how to play baccarat. Then it will be time to go through the process.


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