Most Americans derive all their knowledge about the international card game Baccarat from James Bond movies. Watching 007 wager obscene amounts of money at a Monte Carlo table seems to be the epitome of cool. Few people realize how easy Baccarat is to play, however, and they miss out on this simple but rewarding game.

To play Baccarat, all one needs to do is to choose which of two sides he or she thinks will win the game, as well as how much to wager. Known as the Player and Banker, these two sides–both controlled by the dealer–compete to see which one gets closer to nine. Once you bet on either side–or, if you wish, on a tie–there is nothing left to do but sit back and see how the hand plays out.


Shaken, Not Stirred

Not having to make pressure-filled decisions appeals to many players who prefer a more genteel form of gambling. No longer limited only to Europe, Las Vegas casinos–as well as online gambling casinos–offer Baccarat as well. Many online casinos offer live Baccarat via webcam, where you can watch a dealer play out the hand live right in front of your eyes.

Live Baccarat online is nearly identical to playing in person, except that you don't get your turn to deal. This game appeals to many players who are wary of online gambling in general, since there is no discernible difference in game play in the online version. The best long-term betting strategy in Baccarat is to bet on the Banker, even though the house collects 5% of all Banker wins.