Baccarat, The Tables and Layouts
For our purposes, well look at the two main types of tables youll find in the casinos: baccarat and smaller cousin, mini-baccarat, or mini-bac. There are a few differences between the two with the most important involving size; the size of the table and bankroll needed to play. Most casinos feature the large full-size baccarat game in a partly secluded area off the main casino floor in an area set aside for the higher-limit games. These games in salons tend to have table minimums of $50-100 per hand with limits that can progress up to $100,000 or more.
If the major game of chance of so many of the wealthy worldwide in Europe, Asia, and America is baccarat, there are undoubtedly good reasons. Gaining in popularity in America, mini-baccarats appeal lies in the reduced table size, making it far less intimidating, along with the lowered table minimums of $5 to $25.
The full size big baccarat oval table comes with a green felt layout denoting player positions, usually 1-15, with the 13th place skipped over for reasons of superstition. In some places, one might find the 4th place skipped, as in some Oriental cultures the number four is considered unlucky-it is closely related to the word for death. For many Asian gamblers, baccarat is the game of choice.
The table has a large u-shaped cut on one side in the middle marking a spot for one of the dealers to stand. This is the callers place. S/he acts as the games official, literally calling out cards or hands as revealed, announcing the winner, and directing the game. The caller also controls the shoe as it travels the table from one player to another.
The two cards in front of the caller represent the Players hand while those resting under the shoe are the Bankers. The caller passes the two cards, still face down, to the bettor who has placed the highest wager on the Players side, and it is this person who turns the cards over to reveal the hand, at which point they are passed back to the caller. The caller announces the total, after placing them in a marked spot Players hand on the table layout.
The same procedure is employed for the Banker with cards placed in their assigned spot marked Bankers hand. With both hands revealed, there is either a final decision or a draw, depending on the relationship of the hands to each other (please refer to the decision-draw information).
There is another spot directly opposite of the rack of cheques laid into the table. In front of the cheques (chips) are small squares or spots with the table positions of 1 to 15 noted. The spots enable the dealers to keep track of the customary 5% house commission charged to winning Banker bets as they accumulate (please see the section on commission).
In front of each players marked position lies a row for betting on the Player and behind that is a row denoting Banker. Finally there is a third tier for those who want to play the Tie hand.
The dealer sitting behind the cheques is responsible for taking all losing bets, paying off the winners, and maintaining the commissions for each player.
A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned. - Paul Newman, The Color of Money
"You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it."- Albert Einstein
It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck. - Joseph Conrad
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