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You might know Baccarat from Bond films and trips to Europe, but the game isn't the preserve of millionaires anymore.

In 2016, you can enjoy Baccarat and its various incarnations at many online gambling sites. Plus, you'll be able to try out games at stakes much lower than that Monte Carlo casino you've been dreaming about.

Whether it's Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat or Punto Banco, with a few quid you can gamble at some of the best casinos on the web. Let's take a look at the choice of Bond.

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Brief History of Baccarat

Long before baccarat was a staple of the big online casinos, the popular card game was played in gambling joints across Europe.

Baccarat is derived from the Italian for "zero", and is believed to have origins in 15th or 16th-century France.

The game became popular in the casinos of Monte Carlo, while the Americans took up Punto Banco in their droves. Today, you'll find some form of Baccarat at most larger UK casinos.

Although not as popular as roulette or blackjack, at least for the masses, the game was thrown into the spotlight in 2014 when poker legend Phil Ivey was caught cheating at the game.

Playing Punto Banco in a London casino, Ivey was suspected of "edge sorting" - spotting imperfections in the cards and using them to win millions. Crockford's Casino suspended Ivey's £7 million winnings and the High Court ultimately sided with the house to deny the gambler his loot.

More recently, Baccarat has become a popular game at online casinos. You can play for free at many casinos, a perfect way to get a handle on the subtle rules and strategy.

 
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How to Play Baccarat Online

Baccarat is a card game typically played with 5 or 6 decks in one shoe. Two players 'take part' in a hand: the Player and the Banker.

Each player is dealt two cards, with all cards carrying a certain value in the game:

Cards 2-9: 2-9
Aces: 1
Tens, Jacks, Queens, Kings: 0

Playing the Game: The aim of the game is to make a hand totalling 9 (or as close to it as possible). The worst hand, obviously, is zero.

If you make a double-digit total in points, you discard the first digit to reach your score. For example, if you make 13 you discard the 1 and settle on 3 as your score.

In some cases, a third card may be drawn to add to the Player's or Banker's total. A fourth card can't be drawn. The Banker will draw depending on what the Player has done in his hand.

Player's Total 0-5: Draw a third card
Player's Total 6 or 7: Stand
Player's and Banker's Total 8 or 9: Both Player and Banker stand, and no more cards are drawn.

Banker's Total 0, 1 or 2: Always draws a card
Banker's Total 3: Draws if the Player's third card is a 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Banker's Total 4: Draws if the Player's third card is a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Banker's Total 5: Draws if the Player's third card is a 4, 5, 6, 7
Banker's Total 6: Draws if the Player's third card is 6 or 7
Banker's Total 7: Stands
Banker's Total 8 or 9: Player can't draw a third card

Placing Bets: The other players at the table can place bets on the Banker or Player. Online bets are placed on one of three outcomes: the Player wins, the Banker wins, the hand will end in a Tie.

Payouts: If the Player wins (gets 9 or closest to 9), payouts are 1/1.

If the Banker's hand wins, the bet also pays out 1/1. The house will keep a 5 percent of the winnings, however. This is the house edge of the game and reduces a Banker payout to 19.20.

A Tied hand pays 8/1, but is statistically unlikely to happen - certainly more than the 8/1 paid out.


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