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In baccarat, the player bets on either the player or banker hand to win. The game pays out based on the bet you place, with a house edge of 1.36 percent for the Player bet and a 5% commission on Banker bets (standard DraftKings commission). Tie bets pay out 9:1 but have much longer odds. Historically, baccarat was played with both the player and banker hands concealed from each other and only the result was announced. However, this method was susceptible to cheating and the players’ stakes were returned in the event of a tie.
Aside from the player and banker bets, there are a few side bets that can be made in baccarat. These bets vary by establishment and platform, but they generally offer higher payout odds than a simple Player or Banker win. Depending on the betting table, you can also place a bet that either side will receive a pair on the deal, paying 11:1 odds.
Regardless of the betting options available, it’s important to remember that baccarat is a gambling game and you should only play with money you can afford to lose. Decide how much you want to spend in advance and stick to it, even if the tables are calling your name.