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How to Play Baccarat in Las Vegas:

Las Vegas Baccarat - Funny Name, Simple Game

Las Vegas baccarat (pronounced BA-KA-RAH) offers good odds and relative simplicity in playing. The objective of baccarat is for the players to correctly guess which of three possible propositions will win on the next round: Bank, Player, or Tie. Two cards are dealt to the Bank hand and two cards are dealt to the Player hand. Sometimes a third card is dealt to either or both hands. Put simply, your goal is to get a total of 9 in two or three cards. We'll get you started on the path to channel your inner James Bond and gamble with an air of sophistication:

Not a High Roller? Try Mini-Baccarat:

Sometimes in regular Baccarat, the posh atmosphere and exclusivity, along with higher minimum bets, will scare potential players off. Mini-Baccarat is a solution offered at many casinos due to lower minimum bets and simplicity. In Mini-Baccarat, the croupier (dealer) is the only person permitted to handle the cards at any point in the game. Also, the table is smaller and it is played on the floor of the casino. It is a great alternative for beginning players who may be intimidated by the trappings of regular Baccarat.

But if You Are...a Few Tips:

Baccarat relies solely on chance. Avoid bets on ties. Although tempting, they only increase the house edge to a huge 9.5 percent. The banker's hand averages winning a little more than half the time, but other than that, once the cards are dealt, it's out of everyone's control. You can try and detect patterns, but that's about it. Relax and enjoy. It's simple, it's fun, and if you're up for a chance, go for it!

Don't Hold a Grudge or Get an Attitude:

Beyond your own experience, the other people at your table would like to enjoy a good time as well. You're there to enjoy the experience, so make sure those around you do also. Nobody likes to see a sore loser's temper tantrum. Leave the bad feelings at home when you arrive at the table.

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