Baccarat has always been amongst the most popular casino games, and is probably one of the simplest games to play. The object of baccarat is to bet on one of two hands: the Player’s hand or the Banker’s hand. The goal is to pick the hand that ends up closest to 9. 9 is the best hand possible. Ten value cards are considered 0, and Aces always count as 1. If the cards dealt total higher than 9, the first digit is dropped and the total is that of the second digit. Example: a 10 and 6= 6.
Before the dealer deals any cards from the shoe, players will choose whether or not they think the player hand or the banker hand will win. The dealer will then draw four cards alternating from player to banker. The dealer announces the total for each hand and if the rules require, an additional card will be dealt to each hand. After all draws have happened, the totals are announced and all losing wagers are picked up. After all losing wagers are picked up the winners will be paid starting with the bonus bets. This is a commission free game, but if the Tiger side bet wins all Banker wagers will push.
Here at Chukchansi we run both Midi and Mini Baccarat tables. Midi simply means that the players handle the cards. Mini simply means that the Dealer handles the cards.
Ox, Tiger, and Kill Dai Baccarat Side Bets
Within the game of Dai Baccarat are three optional wagers: the Ox, the Tiger, and the Kill. The player will receive and Ox payout when the player hand wins with a three card 6. The player will receive a Tiger payout when the banker hand wins with a three card 7. The Kill can be won two different ways. First, if the Player hand has a three card 6 and loses the Ox Kill is paid. Second, if the Banker hand is a three card 7 and loses the Tiger Kill is paid. The odds are as follows:
Tiger: 40 to 1
Ox: 40 to 1
Kill: 30 to 1