One of the most glamorous of casino games, Baccarat is popular among serious, sophisticated punters because it has the largest wagers available in the casino.

How to play Baccarat


Popularised by the great duel between James Bond and Le Chiffre in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Baccarat is the most popular game at Skycity Adelaide.

Baccarat is easy to learn and fun to play. Also it is one of the few games in the Casino where you can touch the cards.

The object of the game is to anticipate which hand will win...either ‘Player’, ‘Banker’ or ‘Tie’. ‘Player’ is not you and ‘Banker’ is not the House. Think of it as Red or Black or Heads or Tails.

The value of each card is the same as it’s number but Picture Cards and Tens count as 0. Aces always counted as one.

The dealer will deal two cards to the ‘Player’ side and two cards to the ‘Banker’ side and then we add up the cards on each side. If the hand total is 10 or greater then the second digit is used to determine the value of the hand. Examples are 7+3=0, 9+6=5, Jack+4=4 and Queen+10=0. The winning hand will be the hand which has a total of nine or closest to it.

How do I play?

Bets are made by placing your wager in the ‘Player’, ‘Banker’or ‘Tie’ marked areas.

The dealer will call “no more bets” and proceed to deal to set rules. At all times four cards will be dealt by the dealer but on some occasions, because of these rules, another card or even another two cards may be dealt out.

If you have the highest wager on ‘Player’ or ‘Banker’ for a given hand then the dealer may give you the cards which correspond to the hand you are playing. Getting these cards also depends on where you are sitting at the table. You have to be seated to receive the cards but if someone to your left has the same wager as you then they will receive the cards. If you are lucky on a given day then you may be nominated to get the cards by the other player’s, even if you do not have the biggest bet.

When the dealer finishes dealing, the hand which has the greatest total will win, so for example if the ‘Player’ hand has a total of 5 and the ‘Banker’ hand has a total of 2 then the ‘Player’ hand wins.

Any winning ‘Player’ bets are paid even money. Any winning ‘Banker’ bets are also paid even money with the exception that when the Banker wins with a total of six then the bets are paid at odds of 1 to 2 (half).

If the ‘Player’ hand and the ‘Banker’ hand have equal totals then it’s a Tie and any ‘Tie’ bets win. In this case any bet you have on ‘Player’ or ‘Banker’ does not lose and you get your money back.

Guide to card draw for players.

Player with first two cards total of:
1,2,3,4,5,0 Draws another card.
6-7 Stands.
8-9 Natural / no further cards drawn to either hand.


When first two cards total: Draws a card when player's third card is: Stands when player's third card is:
  2,3,4,5,6,7 1,8,9,0
5 4,5,6,7 1,2,3,8,9,0
6 6,7 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,0
7 Stands.  
8,9 Stands (natural)  

Optional Side Bets

Tiger Wagers

Players can elect to play a wager in the ‘Tiger’ betting area. If the Banker wins with

A total of 6 the ‘Tiger’ wins and the pay odds depends on how many cards are used in the winning hand of 6

Winning Wager


Tiger : When Banker wins with two cards totalling six points

12 to 1

Tiger : When Banker wins with three cards totalling six points

20 to 1

Small Tiger :  When Banker has a winning two-card total of six

22 to 1

Big Tiger : When Banker has a winning card three-card total of six

50 to 1

Tiger Tie : When Banker and Player tie on a point of six

35 to 1 

Tiger Pairs Wager

Tiger Pairs has three different payout options, any wager placed on

Tiger Pairs betting area is eligible for all three payout 

Winning Wager (applicable to the first two cards of each hand only)


Single Tiger Pair wins when either Player or Banker forms a pair

4 to 1

Double Tiger Pair wins when both Player and Tiger form a pair

20 to 1

Twin Tiger Pair wins when both Player and Tiger have the same pair (e.g. 2 pairs of 10's)

100 to 1


A pair is when the first two cards dealt to either hand are of the same face value e.g. two jacks or to 4's