Variations in Baccarat Rules

If you have taken a trip in different countries of Europe and other parts of the globe, you may have notice the variations in baccarat rules form one casino to another. The goal is the same but the manner baccarat is played is quite different from one country to another. Noticeable differences include the rules for drawing the third card and who plays the role of the banker.

In the most popular baccarat version in North America, the American baccarat, the casino or the player does not hold the banker's hand. Instead, the players bet on either the player's hand or the banker's hand, while the casino finances the game. Some casinos give an option to bet on tie or stand-off. For every win in the bank, the casino gets a certain percentage, usually around 5%.

The rules for drawing a third card for both the player's hand and the banker's hand follow specific rules. These rules are automatically applied and enforced by the dealers and the "croupier" from the casino.

Meanwhile, in France, "chemin de fer" is the most popular baccarat variety. The role of the bank is played by one of the players. This role is passed on to another player in a counterclockwise manner after each round. The casino does not fund the game and similar to the American variety, collects a 5% commission for every win in the bank.

Drawing of third card is much more flexible than in American Baccarat. For example, the total of the player's hand is five. The player's hand may draw another card or "stand", while in the American variety, strict rules are followed.

These rules for drawing the third card in "chemin de fer" are also the same as in the European Baccarat. The main difference is the role of the bank, which is acted by the casino. The house funds the bank's hand and sets the betting limit. For example, if the betting limit is $1500. If the players bet and their total bet reaches $1500, no other players can wager for that particular round of baccarat.

And finally, in Baccarat en Banque, the casino funds the bank. Instead of two hands, there are three hands dealt in the game. One hand is dealt for the banker, which is held by the casino, and two hands for the players to bet on. There are no rules for drawing the third card. It is optional for both the banker's hand and the player's hand.

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