Baccarat is a rare addition to digital currency casinos. It is a card game that holds similar properties to Blackjack, but is played in a more forced manner that either requires or disallows hitting without any further action from the player. When it comes to cryptocurrency casinos, the most popular variant of Baccarat is known as punto baco baccarat, which loosely translates to North American baccarat. So, what’s going on with this game and how can players make the most from their experience? Let’s find out.
Baccarat Drawing Rules
In Baccarat, each card is assigned a face value. Numerical cards are worth their face value, but anything above a 10 is worth zero. Aces have a lowball value of one. Now, here’s the catch about the game. Hands are scored according to the rightmost digit so as to not exceed nine. Therefore, a hand of eight and nine would be equal to seven (seven being the rightmost digit in 17). Seemingly low value hands, like two and three, will equal five as it doesn’t exceed nine.
There is a division between how the players and dealer draws. If a player starts with a hand that totals zero through five, then he will draw a third card and stand. If a player has a run that’s equal to or exceeds six, then he’ll stand.
The rules for when a dealer draws is largely dependent on both the player and dealer are holding at that particular point. If a dealer totals two or less, then he’ll always draw regardless of what a player is holding. However, that’s where the simplicity of the drawing rules end and the drawing rules read as follows:
- If the dealer total is 3, then the dealer will always draw unless the player’s rightmost card is eight.
- If the dealer total is 4, then the dealer will draw unless the player’s rightmost card lies between two and seven.
- If the dealer total is 5, then the dealer will draw unless the player’s rightmost card lies between four and seven.
- If the dealer total is 6, then the dealer will draw unless the player’s rightmost is either six or seven.
- If the dealer total is 7, then the dealer will always stand.
Making Money Playing Baccarat
It’s interesting to see that baccarat isn’t a more widely distributed option on Bitcoin casino sites, given that the game is so heavily controlled. However, it’s because of this that the game isn’t seen as a particularly viable option for players when it comes to making money.
One way players can assure themselves a better chance of success is by noting where the eights and nines fall. Once they’re live in play, then players are limiting themselves to lower value cards that give the dealer quite a bit of room to hit. Once all of the eights and nines have been released into play, then it’s usually best to leave the table until the shuffle, so that players stand the best chance of drawing sure hands in the future.