Baccarat Game Guide

Baccarat Table

Learn About the Baccarat Table

Take a moment to learn about the baccarat table and it will feel much less intimidating. The baccarat table is an exciting place to be in a casino.

Learn About the Baccarat Table

Many people do not know how easy it is to learn and play baccarat.  Because it is one of the lesser known games, and often played in a pit at the casino, newcomers are weary of stepping up to the table and joining a game.  To remove some of this mystique, take a few minutes to learn about the baccarat table, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how user friendly the game is.

Baccarat Table Casino Employees

There are three casino employees that will be at a full size baccarat table.  There is the croupier, also known as the caller, and two dealers. 

The croupier is the casino employee who directs the game, and calls out what is happening.  The caller is the one who ensures the rules of the game are followed correctly, and will also tell players when they should hit or stand.  Part of the callers job is also to collect the commissions that players play on winnings made on the banker bets.

The other two casino employees - the dealers, stand on the opposite side of the table to the croupier.  Both dealers fulfill exactly the same tasks.  However, each dealer only services one half of the baccarat table.  The one dealer will service the players playing at the spaces marked 1 through 7, and the other dealer will service players playing at the spaces marked 8 - 15.  These dealers pay off the debts of the casino when a player wins a bet, and remove the bets from the table when a player loses a hand.

Number of Players

Around the baccarat table, there are numbered spaces where players should stand.  A full size baccarat table is numbered from 1 to 15.  Do not, however, be fooled.  There is only place for 14 players around the table - 7 on each side.  The number 13 is not printed on the table as it is considered to be bad luck by many players.  It would be difficult for a casino to get a player to stand at the slot numbered 13.

Location of the Baccarat Table

The full sized baccarat table is usually located in a pit in the casino, on a rather large table.  This is the baccarat table that can accommodate up to 14 players around it.  It is also possible to find a baccarat table on the casino floor.  The baccarat table on the casino floor is not usually the full sized version.  It is usually a mini-baccarat table. 

Mini-Baccarat Table

The mini-baccarat table can only accommodate up to seven players and is a similar size to blackjack tables. The rules at the mini-baccarat table differ only slightly from the full version of baccarat played. The mini-baccarat table, as opposed to the full sized version of baccarat, has only one casino employee. The croupier deals the cards, calls out all necessary information, and collects and distributes all losses and winnings from the players. This version is certainly less intimidating to the novice player.