Tips on How to Get Started in Baccarat
During the early days of casino and gambling, Baccarat used to be a game that only the rich could play and people would only watch them from a distance, and in some cases that wasn't even possible as the games were held in private areas.
Now all that has changed; today it's hard trying to find a casino, live or on the Internet, that doesn't offer the game alongside "regular" card games like Poker and Blackjack. But if you've never played Baccarat before how do you start?
There are two ways; you can do it online or in a casino. Generally speaking it's much better to do it on the Web as you have access to more strategy guides and variants, but if you're going on vacation or headed to a live casino, you shouldn't pass up the chance to play live Baccarat.
If you're going to play live Baccarat though, there some things you should keep in mind. The first is that, depending on the casino, the game played there might actually be variants of the regular game. There are several types, including Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer, Mini Baccarat etc. The rule changes may be subtle, but before you sit down and play, ask the dealer first; they'll be happy to answer your questions.
Next, although Baccarat can now be played by everyone, the atmosphere still tends to be more refined and serene. It's very likely that the players will be quiet and just focused on the game, so you should too. Cracking jokes or chatting after winning a hand might not be looked upon too kindly by the other players.
Some casinos also have dress codes when playing these games (also with Roulette); you don't have to wear anything that will set you back thousands of dollars, but you should be presentable.
Baccarat games also have different limits like Poker, and you should play in the one you are comfortable with. If you've never played the game before, start at the lower limits and move on as you get better.
The fact that Baccarat has become available for everyone doesn't mean that the status has lowered or diminished, but rather it gives people the opportunity to play one of the most dignified and classic card games in history. So while your goal is to play to win, remember that it is a gentleman's game, and you should play like one.