Getting Around the Baccarat Table
Playing Baccarat in a live casino for the first time can be a rewarding experience, but first things first: you must know the layout of the table. Trying to understand where to place your bets in the middle of the game won’t endear you to the dealer or other players, so learn them before you go out and play.
The first thing that you’ll notice with the Baccarat table is that all the seats are numbered. Usually a table can accommodate 16 to 24 players, with the seats numbered as such (Note: some live casinos do not have a seat numbered 13). The spot where you sit is also where you’ll put up your wager.
The betting area on a Baccarat table is divided into three sections, banker, player and tie. Depending on the casino, there would also be specific marks denoting where the bets should be placed, similar to Blackjack.
Another feature of the Baccarat table layout is the commission spot. For every wager you place on the banker, the casino gets a 5% cut when you win. After winning with a wager on the banker, the caller would place an amount equivalent to 5% of what you bet to serve as a reminder of the commission.
The caller, by the way, is the individual in charge of all the action, and only upon her instructions can players hit or stand. In Baccarat, there are two dealers, assigned on either side of the caller.
Their task is to take the bets from the players and exchange them for chips. Players can also ask the dealer for aid, such as keeping track of bets, or ask for the rulebook. In some instances, you may also consult with the dealer as to which move is most appropriate.
The arrangement of the Baccarat table online is very similar to live casinos, with of course, the exception that the dealers and caller are virtual. However, the position of the bets, the commission and the numbered seats are the same, so it would be good practice to download a game and get comfortable with the table. On the Net, you can start playing with the chips, and get accustomed to the proper way of wagering.
It should be obvious that the layout is as easy as the game itself to understand. Now that you know the basic Baccarat table layout and the personnel involved, you’ll be able to play the game confidently, knowing exactly what to do when and where.