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Even the most die hard Blackjack players need a change of pace once in a while. One game that is simple to play and can provide hours of fun for table games afficianados or even beginners is Baccarat. Baccarat is a game of mystery to a lot of gamblers, despite the fact that it can be found in many casinos local to the South Bend area.

There’s a mystique or an aura about Baccarat. Thought of by many Blackjack players as a game played by tuxedoed rich guys on the French Riviera in James Bond movies, in reality it’s an easy game to learn. Baccarat a popular game with those who play it because the decisions are already made for the player. All you need to do in order to play is just sit down, place your bet, get a feel for the table, and use your instincts.

The table

Each player has three betting areas associated with his/her position at the table. They are: “Banker”, “Player” or “Tie.” An electronic board keeps track of which hands win on our Mini-Baccarat tables, similar to a Roulette board, so players can see trends and determine their bets. Some gamblers choose to track the results of each hand by writing them on a pad.

Many casinos have both Mini-Baccarat and full-sized Baccarat tables. One difference between Mini-Bac and Baccarat is that in Baccarat they allow the players to handle the cards. In Mini-Bac the dealer handles the cards. Handling of the cards by players is also sometimes referred to as “sweating the cards.”

There are seven positions each with two betting spots on a Mini-Baccarat table for a total of 14 possible players. The larger tables accommodate 12 players. The game is popular, especially among Asians, because it’s a community game. The game is played in groups, adding a social aspect, since the tables can accommodate such a large number of players. It spurs a social interaction along along with the gambling. That’s why if you’ve ever walked by a busy Baccarat table on the casino floor, it can look like a crowded and sometimes chaotic game.

Scoring

The object is to bet either the Player or Banker hoping that the cards accumulate a point total closest to 9 on two or three cards. Aces count as 1, cards 2 through 9 count at face value, 10s and face cards count as 0. If you’re dealt a 9 and a 7, for example, the combined total is counted as 6 rather than 16. If you receive a 3 and an 8, the total is not 11, but is instead counted as 1.

It’s not possible to have a combination of cards with a combined total greater than 9. The perfect hand is one that equals 9 exactly in the first two cards. 8 is the second-best hand and, along with the 9, these two hands make up the two “natural” hands.

Betting and Payouts

Payouts are very straightforward. If you bet on a winning hand, you’ll be paid at 1 to 1. If that winner is the Banker hand, a five percent commission is deducted. If the winning hand belongs to the Player, no commission is paid. If you bet on a tie, the payoff is a whopping 8 to 1. Commissions are paid after each hand on Mini-Baccarat tables, and on the large Baccarat tables, commissions are tracked and settled at the end of the shoe.

You don’t have to visit the High Limit room to play or have a ton of cash to get on a table, either. Table limits often range from $10  on Mini-Bac to aournd a $50 minimum  on Big-Bac, and have up to $1,000 and $5,000 table maximums depending on when and where you play. If you are a Blackjack player interested in learning a fun and exciting table game that promotes group interaction and is simple to play, Baccarat is definitely a game you’ll want to check out next time you visit a South Bend area casino. Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Blue Chip in Michigan City, and Gun Lake Casino (located halfway between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Kalamazoo) all provide forms of Baccarat for your gaming pleasure.

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