What is the Player Bet?
In baccarat, the player bet is a bet that the player hand will win the game, achieving the nearest total to nine. It is an even money bet, with a low house edge, and it is one of three possible outcomes for baccarat bets. Hands can win, lose or tie against their opponent – the ‘banker‘. The player bet is the most popular baccarat bet, with more players opting to favor the player than the banker on average.
Player Bet Explained
In casino baccarat or ‘punto banco‘, two hands are dealt and players bet which hand will be the ultimate winner of that round. One hand belongs to the ‘banker’ and the other to the ‘player’, though in reality the casino is always the dealer and the hand names have no relevance, other than to distinguish between bets. The two hands start with two cards each, and a drawing round adds the option of receiving a third. This form is baccarat is strictly controlled by the drawing rules of the game, or the ‘tableau‘, so the dealer is bound to issue third cards based on what has already been dealt.
The aim of the game is to hold a hand that totals as close to nine as possible, with zero (scored by tens and picture cards) being the worst possible hand and a natural nine (4-5, 6-3, 7-2, 8-A or 9-0) being an automatic win unless a 9-tie is achieved. Low-scoring hands can be improved with a third at the draw, depending on what the banker and player both hold at that time. Making a player bet means wagering that the player hand will reach closer to nine than the banker hand does, regardless of whether two or three cards are held in each case.