What is a Coup?
In Baccarat, a coup is a round of play consisting of two hands – one for the player and one for the banker. The ‘coup’ consists of the starting deal, the third card draw, and the showdown of hands. Each coup can either be won, lost or drawn. To win a baccarat coup, the player needs to hold cards that total close to nine, and which beat those held by the banker.
Baccarat is a popular casino game which is often played for high stakes, usually found in VIP gambling rooms and luxury casinos. Players go heads-up against the banker – usually a casino dealer in commercial play, though any player can act as the banker in private games – in an attempt to hold cards that total the closest to nine. Players hold two or three cards per hand, with some rules dictating when additional cards can be drawn by either competitor.
A ‘coup’ is the name given to a complete round of this game. The coup begins with two cards dealt to each player and continues with the option (or requirement) of drawing a third. Finally, the cards face off against each other to determine the winner. Coups typically play out quickly, as the rules of the game are simple once the draw stipulations have been learned. Players can wager on many hands per hour when they play baccarat, and they can bet large amounts on each hand if they so choose.
Any coup has three possible outcomes – win, lose or draw. In casino baccarat (or ‘punto banco‘ baccarat) players might have to pay a small commission to the house for the game, and there is a house edge of between 1% and 1.2% on all bets. A tie declaration by the dealer is sometimes made as ‘égalité’ – meaning all hands in that coup are equal. Tied hands pay at 8:1 instead of the usual 1:1, though again a small commission charge is made.