In a card game, there are bankers or dealers and at least 10 other participants. The highest bidder in an auction is awarded the role of the banker. Each player makes a bid and then the banker plays against the table in order of the amount waged.
There are at least three or eight but normally six 52 card decks that are used in the game. After shuffling one they are not reshuffled again until there is a change of bank or dealer or at least seven cards or less are not dealt with.
The game begins. For three players called punters, the banker deals 2 cards each, face down, and one at a time – one to the left, one to the right, and one to himself. The players now bet whether the left hand or the right hands or both, will beat the banker.
There are the face cards; the tens count zero; aces one each; and other cards have their numerical value. When a players hand exceeds 10, the tens unit is dropped. For example: a 6 and a 6 which totals 12 counts as 2. The players and the doctors aims is to get is direct face up. If the players stands if the count is 6 or more. If the count is 5, the player may stand or draw. The dealer has the privilege to stand or draw.
The obligation of the banker is the pay off only to the amount of money in the dealers bank at the start of the pay. He can only take money away any of the banks money to pay losses. The only time a banker can distance himself or withdraw from a game is after a deal has been completed and all bets paid off. When the banker or dealer loses the entire bank or withdraws from the game, auction is done once again to start a new game.
Baccarat is a highly popular game. The stakes are high. France enjoys this game but not so in the United States or the game Chemin de Fer.
In the Far East it has attracted players. Casinos baccarat is commonly popular and is played by tourists and residents of the town. Together among friends with a case or two of beer and packs of cigarettes, the game drifts into a merry game. Shouts of glee or laughter is a sign of victory while slapping of hands on the table signify a lost chance.
The betting chips rise to a tower and fall and chip colors go into a rainbow pattern. The players moods give directions the course of a bet – it is a do or die move. An expression so grave as to cause excitement and tension to attract a crowd.