Baccarat Game Guide

Baccarat Table Layout


American Baccarat Table Layout

The American baccarat table layout is extremely simple and clear. A new baccarat player should learn the baccarat table layout before playing.

Learn the Baccarat Table Layout

The baccarat table layout is fairly clear and easy for all players, even newcomers to casinos, to learn.  It is important to become familiar with and learn the baccarat table layout before beginning play.  This will make for a smoother game for you and for all other players at the table, as no one will have to wait for any players to figure out "what goes where" during the game.  Being quite a straightforward game, with no complicated betting, the table layout will not take long to learn at all!

American Baccarat Table Layout

The American baccarat table has two ends which are mirror images of each other, except that the numbers around the edge are different as they are the numbers corresponding to the player standing in front of them.  The center area is comprised of a row of numbered boxes containing the numbers 1 - 15, corresponding to the numbers all around the table.  These boxes are used by the dealers to keep track of the house commission owed by each player.  The center also has a drop box, discard trays and a tip box.

As explained above, the table has two halves.  The first half has spaces for the numbers 1 - 7, for seven of the players.  The other half has the following numbers: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15.  Something missing?  Well, yes and no.  For the spots for players 8 - 14, the numbers begin at 8, and end on 15.  This is not a typing mistake.  The number 13 is considered to be unlucky, and is therefore excluded from the baccarat table layout.  While there is only place for 14 players, the numbers end at 15.

The Bets and Their Locations

There are three possible bets in American baccarat.  They are the bet on the player hand, on the banker hand, or a tie bet (where the player bets that the two hands will tie, and neither will win).

In front of each player is the number of their position around the table (as discussed at length above).  The next box in is the spot where players place bets on the player hand.  The one after that is the space where the players place bets on the banker hand.  In the very center of this semi-circle, is the space for a tie bet to be placed.

Positions of the Croupier and the Dealers

In the center on the one side of the table usually has a semi-circular cutout, which is where the croupier (sometimes called the caller) stands.  Opposite the croupier, there is an indentation in which the two dealers stand.  This way, each dealer can reach all part of the table for the best that s/he is looking after.

Half the Table Open

At quiet times, the casino may wish to only open half the table, thereby needing only one dealer, and the croupier.  The American baccarat table is laid out in such a way that half the table can be closed and only the numbers 1 - 7 are kept open.

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