HOW TO PLAY MINI-BACCARAT
Although it does not have all the glamour associated with its posh cousin, Mini-Baccarat is perhaps the
game more suited to the casual gambler seeking a good game, favorable odds, and friendly atmosphere. It
is the same game as that found in Main Pit Baccarat and offers the same good odds, but without the
pomposity and rigmarole.
Mini-Baccarat is played on a Blackjack-size table with seven player spots and single dealer doing all the
dealing. It has none of the needless ceremonies surrounding who deals the cards, who holds the Bank,
and so on. All the rules, betting options, as well as the vig, are exactly the same as those used in Main Pit
Baccarat. The only differences are in the table layout, how the dealing takes place, where the cards dealt
are arranged, and how many players can sit at the table.
At the Mini-Baccarat table, each player spot has two circles, one above the other, in front of his position.
The one closest to the player is marked "Player" and the one above it is marked "Banker". Above this is a
semi-circular strip about two inches wide running the length of the table marked "Tie" at either end, and
divided into numbered areas which directly correspond to the players' positions at the table.
Directly in front of the dealer is the chip tray where all House gaming chips are kept, and directly in front
of this is the commission box grid. Eight decks of cards are used, just like in the main pit Baccarat
The single dealer -- dressed in casino uniform, not a tuxedo -- does all the shuffling, a player selected by
the dealer cuts the cards after each shuffle, the shuffled and cut decks are placed in the shoe, one card is
dealt face up and other cards subsequently burned [depending on the value of that first card] -- again the
same as the main pit Baccarat game -- bets are made by the players and the hand begins. The dealer deals
the first and third card to his or her right, and the second and fourth card to the left. Usually there are no
designated areas on the table layout for Mini-Baccarat marked as "Banker" and "Player" into which these
cards are dealt, as in the main pit Baccarat game. But this doesn't matter. The hand dealt to the dealer's
right is always the Player hand, and the other is always the Banker hand. In all other respects the game
plays the same as its rich cousin in the main pit.
The advantages of Mini-Baccarat for the casual player are the generally low betting requirements --
usually starting with a $5 minimum bet and a $500 maximum bet per hand, and a casual atmosphere, in
addition to the good odds the game offers.
Another advantage is that Mini-Baccarat tables often have very few players, which gives the dealer time to
explain any nuances of the game that you may wish to ask about. It is, therefore, a good introduction to
Rules in Mini-Baccarat are also stringent and complex.
These sections were written by Victor
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