Baccarat is a popular card game that draws in a large crowd of players at casinos around the world. It has a long history dating back to the gambling salons of Italy and France, but it’s become especially popular within the past few decades thanks to its increasing popularity in Asia and the United States. This is in part due to the fact that baccarat has a very low house edge and requires little skill to play. It also has a reputation for being an elegant casino game and is often associated with high rollers, luxury, and the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby.

The rules of baccarat vary slightly between different casinos, but most have the same basic structure. Eight 52-card packs are shuffled together and dealt by the dealer (croupier) from a dealing box called a shoe. The cards are dealt to two hands: the Player hand and the Banker hand, which are both placed in betting areas on the table. Each hand is given two cards, and a third may optionally be dealt if necessary. The values of the individual cards are summed, and the hand closest to nine wins. The values of picture cards and Tens are worth zero points, while the ace is worth one point.

If the Player hand totals 8 or 9 on the first two cards, it’s a “natural win” and no additional cards are drawn. The same is true if the Banker hand totals eight or nine on the first two cards. In either case, the bets on each hand are paid out and the game is over.

On the other hand, if neither the Player nor the Banker has a winning hand on the initial two cards, the game continues. The next step is for the croupier to draw another card to each hand. This is done in a similar way to the initial drawing, except that the croupier will take into account the score on the Player hand when deciding whether or not to draw a third card.

After the player and banker have each received a second card, the value of each hand is determined by adding the values of the individual cards and subtracting the tens digit. If the value is a nine, the winning hand is declared the banker’s hand, and the bets on the player and banker are paid out. If the value is a seven or lower, a third card is drawn, and the hand is re-scored.

The game is played on a special table that has either from seven to 14 seats, and the croupier (dealer) sits at the head of the table. The table is covered with green felt, and the player’s area has numbered markers. In addition to bets on the Player and Banker, players can also place Super Six and Pair bets. A Super Six bet pays out 12x the bet amount if the banker wins with six, and a pair bet pays out 11x the bet amount if the Banker or Player has a pair of matching cards.