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Basic Baccarat Terms

Basic Baccarat Terms

From the name of the game itself to a Tie bet, we are going to cover some general baccarat terms to get you started and sounding like a pro, whatever your experience.

Baccarat or Baccara - basically this means "zero" and refers to the value of face and 10 cards during play. The aim of the game is to get a hand which totals 9, or at least get closer than the dealer.

Bank Bet - this bet bets against the player, in favour of the bank.

Banker - the banker can be a player or the dealer. How refreshing! It is the name given to the person who deals the cards and monitor the table. OK, so it's usually the dealer, but some casinos are generous!

Bankroll - this is the same as always; the amount of money to be gambled with. The bit that you want to grow.

Basic Strategy - all games have a basic strategy that suggests when to stand or take another card. The idea is that if followed strictly, it will provide the best possible return. Don't forget the money management side though!

Croupier - the name of the person with the grand job of being in charge of the Baccarat table. There are variations; the croupier doesn't deal in American baccarat, unlike with mini and online versions.

Dealer - obviously the person who deal the cards but in mini and online baccarat, this job falls to the croupier. In American baccarat it is the banker that deals the cards, with secondary dealers at the ends of the table handling the bets.

Face Card - important cards in any game. Jacks, Queens and Kings all have a value of zero and enable a strong hand including a natural.

Ladderman - only found in live casinos but a cool name and job! The person that oversees the baccarat game from a chair that sits above the table.

Loss Bet - a bet which bets against the bank. So a player bet would be a loss bet as it needs the bank to lose.

Mini-baccarat - A miniature version of the game with a smaller table and fewer seats. Much more up close and personal.

Natural - the best possible hand which totals 8 or 9 and is dealt immediately.

Player Bet - this bets against the banker, in the player´s favour.

Push - a different name for a tie between the player and the dealer: the player's stake is returned. So if both got a total of 7, the player doesn't lose out. Bets on the dealer or player lose, but a tie bet will pay out.

Tie Bet - a bet that predicts the player and the dealer will get the same result. More popular than you might first imagine.

Poker Betting Methods

Poker Betting Methods

You must have developed a great betting strategy playing the regular limit, no-limit and pot-limit games. Now let’s see some other methods of betting involved mainly in private games. I will just cover a few for example Set limit, Straddle method, Freeze out and Running out of money. So let’s discuss each of them. These methods bring in a lot of excitement and fun when playing private games.

Set limit:

Here players agree to a minimum and maximum bet where there is enough opportunity for them to make good raises. It is important because if you raise a decent amount of chips then you might force other players into folding. Also there is an agreement on a minimum ante by every player before the cards are dealt, so, there is some money in the pot before you start playing. To stay in the game each player must bet an amount equal to the previous player or raise the stakes up to the maximum as agreed before the play.

Straddle Method:

Here first a player bets an ante and the next player doubles the bet called straddle before the cards are dealt. Now the third player can either fold or double the straddle depending on his cards. The betting continues and each player must bet at least the same amount as the previous player. Here showdown occurs when no one else raises or the maximum bet is reached as agreed before the play.

Freeze Out:

Here the betting is same as in regular games but with few exceptions. Betting is arranged using an agreed method and the objective is for one player to win all the chips. When a player runs out of chips, there is an immediate showdown and the player with the best hand wins the pot. Games like these are already marked as Freeze out tournaments.

Running out of money:

Again the betting here is same as in regular games but with few exceptions. If a player runs out of money during the game a second pot is opened by the remaining players. Now that player has to wait until one player remains or there is a showdown. If one player remains then he definitely wins the second pot or else a player with the highest hand wins the pot. Now the hand that won the second pot is compared to that of the player who ran out of money. The player with the best hand wins the first or original pot.

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