The online casino game of Baccarat is sometime shrouded in mystery mainly because in land based casinos it is often played for very high stakes in areas of the casino reserved for high stakes players but in actual fact Baccarat is a simple game to play. You could play baccarat without knowing the rules as the players never get to touch the cards or make any decisions about the play and there are only three possible bets in baccarat namely the “player”, the “bank” or a tie which makes baccarat a casino game of pure luck. There are only two hands dealt in baccarat and they are called the player and the bank which is where the alternative name for this casino game comes from (punto, the player and banco, the bank). The winning hand is that which has the higher total at the end of play but the playing of the cards is somewhat complicated as is the counting of the value of a hand. Baccarat counting is easy to explain as the total of the cards cannot exceed ten so if that happens 10 is deducted from the total so for example a total of 13 has a hand value of three plus all normal ten value cards have a value of zero when you play baccarat. The good thing is that you do not absolutely need to know this in order to play baccarat as the dealer is in fact playing both hands. That in itself might seem quite worrying but every possibility is covered by very strict rules in baccarat so whether a hand is given another card or not is all laid down in the rules. It is well worth reading the baccarat rules if you intend to play baccarat regularly and you will soon pick it up but even if you just want a bit of fun you can still play baccarat and win.