Baccarat is the most popular table game in the 2021 Las Vegas Table Games Survey in terms of number of installations. It took that title from roulette this year.
Where to play baccarat in Las Vegas
Baccarat is dealt at nearly all Las Vegas Strip casinos. It is also available at some downtown casinos and at larger locals ones. The low limit baccarat games tend to be in the locals market. Downtown and Las Vegas Strip casinos often have high minimum bets for it.
Minimum bet for Las Vegas baccarat
The lowest minimum bet for live baccarat in Las Vegas is $10. Two of these casinos are on the Strip. Most Las Vegas Strip casinos require at least a $25 minimum bet. Limits may go up during busier hours.
Most Las Vegas Strip casinos deal stadium baccarat. These devices have dozens of seats with a video screen. A dealer in the center handles the cards for all players. There may be multiple baccarat hands running at the same time on stadium gaming devices.
The baccarat stadium machine computes wins and losses. The minimum bet for stadium baccarat is usually $5 or $10. Gold Coast and some Station Casinos properties also have stadium baccarat.
How to play baccarat
Players start by making a wager on the banker, player or tie. The tie bet may be combined with either the player or banker. A player hand and banker hand receive two cards.
Aces are worth one point. Face cards are worth zero points. All number cards are worth face value. A baccarat hand cannot be higher than nine. If the count goes above nine, it resets to zero. For example, a 9 and a 9 make a total of 8 in baccarat.
If the player or banker receive an 8 or 9, it is a natural winner. The hand is over. If the player has 5 or lower points, the player draws. It stands on a 6 or 7.
If the player has a 6 or 7, the banker hand hits, except on 7. If the player has a five or lower, the banker draws with 0, 1 or 2 and stands on 7. The banker has a set of drawing rules to follow in other situations that may depend on what was drawn:
- Draw on 3 if player drew 8
- Draw on 4 if player drew 2 to 7
- Draw on 5 if player drew 4 to 7
- Draw on 6 if player drew 6 or 7
A player bet pays even money. This bet has a 1.24% house edge. The banker bet pays even money less a 5% commission. It has a 1.06% house edge. Some baccarat games have a banker push hand that eliminates the commission. The tie usually pays 8:1. This has a house edge of 14.36%.
Las Vegas Baccarat FAQ
What is the most popular table game in Las Vegas?
After blackjack, baccarat has more tables than any other game in Las Vegas.
What is the minimum bet for Las Vegas baccarat?
It starts at $10. Most Las Vegas Strip casinos deal it for $25 to $100.