Punto Banco Baccarat

Baccarat makes you think of James Bond, doesn’t it? Well, at least it should. When Ian Fleming wrote the daring adventures of his cunning super-spy, he thought of a game that best represented Bond’s flair for living dangerously. In Fleming’s first Bond installment, Casino Royale (penned in 1953), one of the central moments of the novel revolves a game of Baccarat between Bond and Le Chiffre (the diabolical SMERSH operative). When the modern filmic version of Casino Royale was released in 2006 with first-time Bond-man Daniel Craig, the producers decided to use poker instead of Baccarat. We like poker, but we like Baccarat even more and think Fleming was onto something. Baccarat made an appearance in later Bond features, too, including On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only and GoldenEye.

The fact is, Baccarat is very glamorous; a game played in casinos around the world and loved by many recreational and high-class professional gamblers. The game said to have been introduced into France from Italy during the reign of King Charles VIII.

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How to Play Baccarat

There exist a variety of variations of Baccarat today, but by far the most popular is called Punto Banco. Like many casino table games, Punto Banco relies strictly on chance. There is no skill or strategy involved: the player’s moves, and his or her subsequent payouts, are determined by the selection of cards that are dealt.

In Punto Banco, the player must bet malaysia casino online either on the punto (or player) or the banco (or banker). These are merely names for two different hands, so it would be wrong to associate the punto hand with the customer or the banco hand with the house. These two hands compete for the best score, and each hand plays according to predetermined rules of play.

Initially, there are two cards dealt for each hand. The point totals determine whether either hand gets a third card.


The punto hand is played first. If the player receives a total of 8 or 9 then he has scored natural. This means that the punto hand gets no more cards. In fact, unless the banker has a natural 9 or ties the natural 8, no further cards are drawn. The naturals win. The punto also stands on totals of 6 or 7. If, however, the punto has any other total, from 0 to 5, then the hand draws a third card, unless banker has a natural, in which case the bank hand wins winbet Malaysia with no further draw.


The banco rules are more complex. The banco hand also stands on 7, 8, or 9 and draws on 0, 1, or 2, but on other hands the banker’s play is dependent on the value of the player’s third card. The banco must hit 3 cards unless the player’s third card is an 8; must hit 4 cards unless the player’s third card is 1, 8, 9, or 10; must hit 5 should the player’s third card be 4, 5, 6, or 7; and must hit 6 if the player’s third card is 6 or 7.