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Baccarat vs. Blackjack

Baccarat and blackjack are among the most popular casino games at Tachi Palace Casino Resort. The games combine luck and skill, which make them appealing to a broad range of people. They’re also a lot of fun. 

If you have never played either of these table games, or you have only played one of them, you may wonder what the difference is between them. You can learn the basics with our breakdown of how to play baccarat and blackjack, including who might enjoy playing these card games. 

How to Play Baccarat

The aim of the game in baccarat is to predict who will win. Will it be the dealer, referred to as the banker, or the player? Or will the game end in a tie? You bet on what you think the outcome will be. 

The dealer gives each player two cards. The number cards’ value is equal to their face. Tens and face cards are worth nothing, while an ace is worth one. 

The winner is the person whose cards total the closest number to nine. If your cards equal more than nine, you drop the first digit — so, for instance, a player dealt a nine and an eight card, which add up to 17, would have a seven. Other things to keep in mind include: 

  • If your cards add up to five or under, you get another card.
  • If your cards add up to eight or nine, you stand.

This card game is ideal for people who love games of chance and also have a sense of history. Baccarat dates back hundreds of years and was favored by nobility. Baccarat is a bit easier to get the hang of than blackjack and may be a better option for beginners. 

How to Play Blackjack

The aim of the game in blackjack is to get your cards to total as close to 21 as you can without going over. But what you really want to do is beat the dealer’s hand. 

Everyone is dealt two cards, with one face up and one face down. Number cards have face value, while picture cards are valued at 10. Aces may count as one or 11. Your cards’ total value is your score. So, for instance, if you are dealt a 10 and a jack, your score is 20. You have four choices after your first two cards are dealt: 

  • Stand
  • Split
  • Surrender
  • Double down

The dealer goes last. They must stand if they have a 17 to 21 and take a hit if their total is lower than that. If the dealer goes bust and you have 21 or less, you win. You also win if your hand beats the dealer’s. 

Blackjack is best for players looking for more of a challenge. You should understand the betting rules and be ready to make quick decisions. This is a game of skill that rewards you for developing good strategies. 

When you visit the casino at Tachi Palace, you can’t go wrong whether you play baccarat or blackjack. They’re both fun casino games you will enjoy. We hope to see you soon at the tables. 

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