How Many Betting Positions are There on a Baccarat Table?

Baccarat is one of those popular casino card games that come with rules so simple even a novice can play and win. All you need to know are two vital aspects of the game: the betting positions on the table and the basic rules to play the hand you’re dealt.

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Traditional Baccarat Table Layout

A traditional Baccarat table bears a stadium shape – a rectangle with semi circles on the opposite sides. In the overall layout, one semi-circle has the numbers 1 – 7 printed in a row on its edge and the other has the numbers 8 – 15. These numbers denote the seats.

Betting positions on an baccarat table

Interestingly, the number 13 is not considered a seat at a Baccarat table. Therefore, the 13th player seats at the 14th position and the 14th player at the 15th. Keep reading the article to the end or click here to know why.

Now, observe the image above. The numbers 1 through 15 are also printed toward the center of the semi-circles in a row, but in a smaller font size. The number 13 is missing here as well. All these numbers denote the marks for the following bets:

  • Banker: a bet on the possibility of the banker hand scoring higher than the player hand
  • Player: a bet on the possibility of the player hand scoring higher than the banker hand
  • Tie: a bet on the possibility of the banker hand and player hand scoring the same

A player usually bets (places chips) on the areas that have ‘banker,’ ‘player’ and ‘tie’ printed on them. On some tables, the area for tie bets’ is usually denoted by the aforementioned numbers printed in the smaller font size.

The Baccarat table also has a U-shaped area cut on the middle portion of one edge. This is the Caller’s place, where the croupier is seated to direct the game. This person is the ladderman encourages players to place a bet, calls the cards for the player or banker, and finally calls the winning bet at the end of the game.

Two dealers on the opposite side also manage the game and supervise the bets placed on the outer sides of the table. Each dealer has his or her own set of chips for Baccarat players, which they exchange for money.

Because this is a card game with an extremely low house edge, all banker and player bets that win are subject to a certain percentage of commission (usually 5%). This is where the Commission Boxes (also known as Drop Box) on the table come into play.

If you notice the image above, the center of the table has 15 Commission Boxes marked 1 through 15. They are used to keep track of the commissions earned during the game. In each box, banker bets that have won are placed alongside the number of the bettor who won the bet.

Two other areas that are not shown in the image are those of the Discard Trays and Tips Box. The former is where all the cards that have been discarded during the game are dumped. The latter is where a player puts the chips to tip the dealer.

Thus, there is another way of interpreting the positions on a Baccarat table. If the 14 seats are not taken into consideration, it features 6 primary positions:

  • Position 1 for the Caller or Croupier
  • Position 2 and 3 for the Dealer 
  • Position 4 for the Commission Box
  • Position 5 for the Discard Trays
  • Position 6 for the Tips Box

Please note that any player can take any seat on a Baccarat table, except the ones reserved for the croupier and dealers. Regardless of the seat number, seating arrangement, or a bettor’s proximity to the croupier, the game remains the same for all players.

Baccarat Table Variations

Depending on the type of Baccarat game you play, the table layout and betting positions might vary slightly. There are two major types of layouts:

American Baccarat Table Layout

The American Baccarat table layout is what I just described above. It comes in the stadium shape and features 14 seats numbers 1 – 15. Each player sits against one of these numbers and places a banker, player or tie bet. A croupier and two dealers sit on either side facing each other and running the show.

Mini Baccarat Table Layout

A Mini Baccarat table layout, on the other hand, is a concise version of the American table – half of it to be precise. It is shaped like a horseshoe and can accommodate a maximum of 7 players who take the seats numbered 1 through 7. It is ideal for novices and if the most common layout you would find when playing Baccarat online.

betting positions on a mini baccarat table

The dealer sits at the center of the table while the players position themselves along the curve. The basic rules are same as that of American Baccarat, except one: in Mini Baccarat, the dealer flips all the cards while in the American variant, only some of the cards are flipped.

Other Baccarat Table Layouts

Baccarat is so easy and fast-paced that everyone wants to come up with their own variant of the table layout. One such layout is the French ‘Chemin de Fer,’ which can house up to 12 players. Similarly, Punto Banco lets 6 to 12 players take position and Monte Carlo’s variation of Deux Tableau allows 16 players to gather.

Why is the Number 13 Missing from The Seating Arrangement?

Baccarat is a game of chance and gamblers are a superstitious bunch. Neither purveyors nor purchasers of luck would want to bank on a number such as 13, which is considered unlucky almost worldwide. No one wants to invite bad luck to a place where money is involved. This is why it is given a miss on the Baccarat table.

Similar is the story in Oriental cultures where Baccarat tables often go without a 4. For instance, in Chinese language, 4 is pronounced shi, which means death or corpse. Why should a number associated with something so morbid be taken into consideration when you are trying your luck? Makes sense?

Rules of Baccarat in a Nutshell

Baccarat is a simple game where all players are dealt a card that must be equal to a number close to 9. Royal cards and 10s carry 0 value. Aces are valued at 1.

If the score of the first card is 0 to 5, the player will be dealt another card. If the total exceeds 9, the dealer subtracts 10 from the total.

For instance, if the player is dealt a 5 initially and then 4, he wins because the total is 9. But, if he is dealt 5 initially and then 6 again, the total is 11. The dealer will minus 10 from this number, leaving the player with a score of 1.

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