The game of Baccarat is probably the simplest of all casino table games. Itis also generally one of the friendliest games, since the players have noinfluence on the outcome. Unlike Blackjack, Craps, Poker, or other suchgames, it is not possible to reduce your odds with poor play. Like puttingmoney in a slot machine, you have no control over the outcome of the hand,only over your wager.The cards are dealt according to a set of rules that cannot be affected byanything the players do. It is essentially the “heads or tails” of card games.The game has a reputation for being complicated and not for the average person. This is due to the fact that Baccarat attracts most of the ‘highrollers’; the table limits can be higher than on other table games, whichcreates a certain ‘mystique’. In addition, it’s a difficult game to understandif you’re simply standing off to the side watching.In fact, Baccarat is one of the simplest games to learn, requires virtually noskill to play and is very fast (up to 150 hands per hour).It is a card game where the players do not have control of the cards, nor dothey play against the ‘house’, as in Blackjack. The house deals two, 2-cardhands out of a shoe; one is called the ‘Player’ hand and the other is calledthe ‘Banker’ hand. They are dealt not to the players at the table, but to thecenter of the table and the only thing the players do, is bet on the hand theythink will win the game. The cards each hand receives, are added up and theone closest to 9 wins.All players may bet on either the ‘Player’ or the ‘Banker’. You could callthem hand ‘A’ and hand ‘B’. It is the closest thing to a 50/50 bet in thecasino, like flipping a coin and betting heads or tails, or like betting on Black or Red in ‘Roulette’, without the zeros.The biggest advantage that Baccarat has over Roulette is that there are nozeros in the game. Instead, the house takes a commission of 5% on allwinning ‘Banker’ bets. The reason for this is that approximately half of thehands will be ‘Player’ and half will be ‘Banker’. If half the players bet on‘Player’ and the other half on ‘Banker’, they would simply be winningand/or losing each other’s money. The only difference is that if you have a bet on ‘Banker’ and it wins, you must pay a 5% commission to the house.