Chemin de fer Baccarat Explained

When it comes to casino card games, Baccarat has to be considered one of the most popular of them all. This popular card game can be found in almost every land based and online casino around the world. With the introduction of online casinos, more people could access and play the game both for free and for real money. Today there are many versions of the game that can be played in casinos and online. For most players, the French version, Chemin de fer is perhaps the most unique and the most exciting version to play. The main difference between the French version and modern American version how the bets are placed.

The Table and the Players

With Chemin de fer Baccarat, six standard decks of cards are used in the game with 8 players seated at the table. The cards are shuffled before the game begins. In this game, each player at the table takes turns in being the banker. At the table, the player to the croupier’s right has the option to be the banker first. The game begins with the player acting as the banker setting how much they would be willing to stake on the next hand in alignment with the table minimum or maximum. Starting with the player to the banker’s left, each player around the table is allowed to match any amount of the bankers wager up to 100%.

Banker and Player Bets

In Chemin de fer Baccarat, if the first player wanted to completely match the banker’s bet, he or she declares “banco,” at which point no other players can join the round. If the first player does not cover the banker’s entire bet, the other players in order are allowed to cover any remaining amount. The player with the largest wager plays the round. The banker is then given the shoe and deals two down facing cards to himself and two to the player with the highest wager. This player represents all the bets at the table against the banker.

Card Values

In Chemin de fer, the card values are the same as standard baccarat. All of the low number cards 2 through to 9 are worth their face value in points. The 10, Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 points and the ace is worth a single point. A natural hand is a hand of 8 or 9 with two cards. If the player or the banker has natural hand, they declare so and turn their cards for the tablet to see. If the player or banker does not have a natural hand, the player can then choose to take a third card.

Chemin de fer Payouts

After the player has taken a third card in Chemin de fer, the banker also has the option to take a third card. When the two hands are compared, the hand with the highest number of points wins the round. The croupier will then distribute the chips to the banker or the player depending on who wins. If the banker wins or the round is a tie, the banker stays the same, if the banker loses the round, the role gets passed onto the next player at the table.