Vital Vocabulary For Playing Baccarat
If you’re ready to join the ranks of Agent James Bond and master the art of baccarat, our complete baccarat glossary will show you how. Read on for all the terminology you need to score a big win in your next game!
**Baccarat: **A baccarat hand has a point count of zero, which is an outcome you don’t want in baccarat!
Baccarat Banque: A variation that is particularly popular in America.
Banco/Banker: The banker is the dealer in most games of baccarat.
Banker bet: One of three betting options in Baccarat. This bet pays 19:20 (after the house’s commission) and has a low house edge of 1.17%.
Bankroll: The amount of cash in your casino account.
**Burning: **In live dealer games, this describes the dealer removing the top 4-6 cards in the deck before playing.
Chemin de Fer: The original version of baccarat, also called European baccarat. In this game, one player acts as the Banker, and deals the cards and takes wagers too.
Commission: The 5% fee that your casino takes on all winning bets on the Banker.
Down card: A card that is dealt to a player facing down.
Face cards: Any card that is a King, Queen or Jack.
House edge: The casino’s advantage over you in a baccarat game.
**La Grande: **A natural hand of 9 points – the best possible outcome in baccarat!
Le Petite: A two-card hand that totals 8 points.
Mini Baccarat: A variation with a smaller table, which was first used to introduce baccarat to the mainstream gambling market.
**Natural: **A hand in which two cards total either 8 or 9.
Pass: Another term for a win.
Player bet: Another bet that pays even money, with a favourable house edge of just 1.36%.
Push: A tie, in which case bets will be held until the next round.
**Punto Banco: **The Spanish term for a local baccarat variation that originated in Argentinean casinos.
Standoff: Another term for a tie between the Player and the Banker.
Tie bet: A bet that the Banker and Player will end up in a tie. This bet pays a whopping 8:1, but also has a high house edge of 14.2%!
Up card: A face-up card at the start of the game.