Baccarat is a casino table game that is easy to learn, has a low house edge, and is featured in popular media such as James Bond movies. This has made it one of the most popular games in Las Vegas casinos. Baccarat is played on large tables in the high-limit rooms and has a minimum bet of $25 or more.
Players can choose to bet on either the Banker Hand, Player Hand, or Tie. The objective is to correctly guess which hand will win each round based on the cards dealt. The dealer deals two cards to each hand and a third card to the Banker Hand if necessary. Picture cards and tens are worth zero points, while all other cards have their face value. Aces are worth 1 point, and a nine is considered the best hand possible.
When both the Player and Banker hands are dealt a total of eight or nine, it is considered a natural and no further cards will be drawn. The game is not as fast-paced as other casino table games, and a baccarat session can last as long as an hour or more.
Players can try a variety of baccarat strategies to improve their odds of winning, including using the Martingale betting system. This involves increasing your bets after each loss, and is based on the mathematical Fibonacci sequence. Another strategy is to watch for trends and patterns, as both the Player and Banker hands can experience streaks.