What is the objective of baccarat?
The objective is straightforward. You need to get as close to nine as possible. The only decision you have to make is whether you want to bet on the bank, player, or tie, and how much you want to wager. Even though there are several variations of baccarat, the layout is always the same. Here is a breakdown of card values:
- The ace is one.
- The jack, the queen, and the king are zero value cards, and so are 10s.
- Other cards are given their face values.
In the past, this game was reserved for well-to-do players. Today, any New Zealand player can enjoy the game.
What are the best variations of baccarat?
There are four main variations of the game:
- Mini. As the name suggests, this is a mini version that can be played by one player.
- Chemin de Fer. This version is played with six decks and all players get to be the banker.
- Punto Bunco. Up to 14 people can play this game at once. Six to eight decks are normally used.
- Banque. While players take turns to be the banker, they don't play against each other. The player who is being the banker doesn't cover other players' bets.
Is baccarat legal in New Zealand?
When it comes to online gambling, New Zealand takes a straightforward approach. There is nothing in the law that prevents offshore casinos from offering their games to kiwis. Conversely, New Zealand players can play at an offshore casino and keep their winnings without having to pay taxes, since gambling isn’t classified as an income-earning activity in New Zealand.
Why Do People in New Zealand Play Baccarat?
Baccarat is a game that can be enjoyed by everyone:
- Easy to understand. After just one round, you will get the hang of the rules. In less than a minute, the game will make total sense.
- Affordable minimums. You can learn the game without the pressure that comes when playing for high stakes.
- Low house edge. Especially when you bet on the banker, the house edge is very low.
- Play longer on the same bankroll. You can always lower your bet size to play longer. The baccarat software runs each hand as fast as you push the button, and you can play hundreds of rounds in an hour.