Online Baccarat at GrandRush

Online Baccarat is the unsung hero of the online casino world and other casino games – it might not be as flashy or as steeped in mystique as blackjack and roulette but this game packs a punch, if you know how to play. Baccarat is a simple game to understand – it’s a comparison card game, between the player and the banker. There are three possible outcomes in each round (coup) – either the Player has the higher score, the Banker has the higher score, or it’s a Tie.

Baccarat’s origins are a little murkier than blackjack and roulette, for example – according to some historians, it dates back to the 19th century. Other history buffs say it was introduced to France by soldiers returning from the Franco-Italian War in the 15th century. But whatever it’s origin is, baccarat has proven that it has staying power – it is still one of the most popular games for newcomers and seasoned players alike. And now, you can play free baccarat online at GrandRush online casino.

Baccarat Variations

Like its cousins, blackjack and roulette, there are a couple of variants of baccarat available and each one has its own unique twist on this classic game. But the basic rules are always the same and they are as follows:

  • Each card has a point value – cards 2 to 9 are worth their face value in points; the 10, jack, queen, and king have no point value (i.e. are worth zero); and an ace gets you one [1] point.
  • Always remember that hands are valued according to the Units digit of the total value of the cards. The Units digit is the right-most number in any amount – i.e. the Units digit of 245 is ‘5’. So, if your hand consists of a 2 and a 6, your hand is worth eight [8]. But, if your hand consists of a 6 and a 7, your hand will be worth three [3] i.e. 6+7 = 13; the Units digit of 13 is ‘3’. This means that the highest possible hand in baccarat is nine [9], and that’s what you’re aiming for. If you get a hand worth nine [9] points, you win.

Baccarat is as much a game of skill as it is a game of luck. You have to play the hand you are dealt but, with a good strategy and a bit of luck, you’ll be on your way to winning in no time. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Know the game. Understanding the rules of any online casino game is key, but especially with online casino baccarat. Once you know the rules, the game is yours to command; and
  • Stick to your budget. This is a good rule of thumb for every online casino game that you play – you don’t want to get swept up in the fun and end up in a bad spot. Always know your limits and stick to them, in terms of time and money.