''; I'm often asked about Casino games, and a common question is "What's the Easiest Casino Game to Play?"Of course, that's a difficult question to answer, and yet an easy one to answer as well.Let me explain .First, easy is a relative term. Whats easy for one person may be very difficult for another person. Although Ive written a book on how to make Craps extremely easy for the beginner as well as for the Professional Gambler, I will usually answer this question by emphatically stating Baccarat is the Easiest Game to Play in the whole Casino.But, they protest, It looks like the hardest game to play, or it looks so intimidating, or, isn't that James Bonds favorite game?.Yes, Its all of the above . Unless you just do it.So, lets take a closer look.On its simplest level, its ONLY a matter of making ONE decision: Bank or Player!Thats it there is no more . You can play Baccarat by ONLY deciding whether to bet on the Bank or on the Player.Thats it you place your chip(s) in the little box or circle on the table marked Bank and youve bet that the Bank will win the next hand. If you place your bet in the space marked Player, you are betting that the Player will win the next hand.You REALLY dont need to know (or do) anything else and youre playing Baccarat!There are other things to do if you want. I always insist that my students keep a running score (or record) of the outcomes of each hand in order to use my favorite betting strategies for Baccarat.But, for those who want more lets look at the games other nuances and options.There are two different tables dealing Baccarat: The Pit, and the Mini Tables. The Pit is cordoned off with velvet ropes, manned by tuxedoed dealers, served by specially assigned cocktail waitresses, pit bosses, and Casino Hosts. All of who are there to provide extra goodies to the Baccarat players. Usually, there is also a buffet spread there for the Baccarat players in the Pit. Talk about intimidating! Whats more, theres a $100 MINIMUM bet enforced (except at one Casino on the Las Vegas Strip) on the weekends, and $50 on the weekdays and nights. Are you scared off yet? Dont be, this can be a bargain.The other way to play Baccarat is at the Mini Tables. The game is played the same way, but its in the main casino area, a sit-down, half-circle table (it looks like a Blackjack table) and theres only one dealer.These Mini Tables have similar betting ranges (low minimums) to the Blackjack Tables, depending upon the Casino, the day of the week, the time of the day etc.The main difference is that the dealer handles all the cards here, whereas the players handle the cards in the pit.But THAT is a crucial difference . NOT in the way the game is played (theyre identical) but in the TIME it takes to play a hand. The single dealer at the Mini Tables blasts through the hands, and you must play many, many hands an hour.But, in the Pit, the players handle the cards, and believe me, its an art form, and very interesting to watch how they handle the cards. Nearly ALL of them will bend (and I mean BEND) each of their two cards up to reveal SLOWLY the marks, or spots on the side of their card, and then do the same on the end of their card then do the same ritual to their other card and then they THROW them down on the table, face up for all to see, OR they rip them into two pieces (Yep, the cards are only used one time in the pit and then discarded by the Casino) OR they have some similar superstitious ritual they do every time. Because of these rituals that are played out EVERY hand, it can take a long, long time to complete the hand, therefore, your number of hands per hour are way low.The result of this is amazing: You could spend much more of your betting bankroll on a $5 Mini table per hour than on a $50 Pit Table!For the purposes of this article, I dont want to get into how the game is played. For one reason, you DONT NEED TO KNOW because EVERYTHING is done for you in this game either by the dealer (at the Mini Tables), or you are TOLD what to do by the Dealers in the Pit. For another reason, it is complicated so, dont worry about it Just play the game!I must tell you however, that there are five bets that you can make during any given hand in Baccarat.1. Bank (youre betting that the Bank will win)2. Player (youre betting that the Player will win)3. Tie (youre betting that the two will tie or push NO winner)4. Bank AND Tie (Youre betting that the Bank will win, but hedging your bet with a tie bet in case of a tie)5. Player AND Tie (Youre betting that the Player will win, but hedging your bet with a tie bet in case of a tie)Those are the five betting opportunities in Baccarat. Thats ALL you can do thats EVERY betting proposition available there is NO more thats it NADA!And without going into my strategies . Let me tell you this:NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER (got it yet?) NEVER bet on a tie! Completely eliminate bets 3, 4, and 5 above, and you are left with ONLY bets 1 and 2 . Bank OR Player.One thing to note: When you win a Bank bet, you must pay a 5% commission. There is NO commission on a winning Player bet. Thats just to even the odds because there is a slight advantage to the Bank bet over the Player bet.See? I told you it was easy . Thats all you need to know to play Baccarat! 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