Ready to take on the Baccarat table? Good manners always make a trip to the casino way more fun. Here are a few things to know about what’s expected before you go:
At the table
Feel free to join the game at any time - players are always welcome. Once you sit, remember not to touch your chips when a bet is closed.
Sometimes people watching the play, who are not seated at a table, may ask a seated player if they can place their own chips on that player’s section of the table. This is called back betting, and if the seated player agrees, it’s perfectly acceptable.
But if, as a seated player, you are asked to do this, there’s no obligation – the choice is entirely up to you.
Ask The Dealer
Questions about the game? If you're new to Baccarat, you may want to ask about the rules or how a hand is calculated. Go ahead. The dealer wants you to have fun and feel confident at the table, and is happy to help.
Be aware of cultural traditions
Baccarat is very popular in Chinese culture, so certain cultural beliefs are now integrated into the game.
Since the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture, it’s increasingly unlikely to find a number 4, 13 or 14 seat at Baccarat tables. This would be the equivalent to no 13th floor on some North American elevators.
The number 8 is considered to be a very lucky number in Chinese culture. Expect the number 8 seat to be very popular at Baccarat tables.