Punto Banco

Punto Banco is truly an awesome game to play as this game is only played between two sets of hands. The one hand belongs to the player (Ponto) and the other hand to the banker (Banco).

Up to 14 players can all sit around the Pomto Banco table and will make one of three bets. They will either bet that the banker will win, the player will win or that there will be a tie between the two.

Up to 8 full decks of cards can be used in any game which will be placed in a shoe for ease of dealing purposes.

At the beginning of each game, players will place their bets and the croupier will then deal out two cards to the player and two to the banker. The idea behind this game is to get either the cards to add up to 9 or as close to 9 as possible. If the two card added together comes to a total of anything from zero to 5, then a third card will be drawn and added to the two cards originally held. If the value of the two cards is six, seven, eight or nine the player will then stand and no further card will be dealt to the player.

The banker then looks at his two cards and if he has zero, one, two or three, another card will be dealt. He can also take another card if his cards add up to four if the player has a value of anything between 2 and 7. If the he has a value of 5, and the player has anything between four and seven, then the banker can take another card. If he has a total of 7, 8 or 9 the banker will stand and no further cards will be dealt.

This is when it will be decided who the winner of this round of Punto Banco is and the bets will be paid out accordingly.

In any Punto Banco game, Ace is equal to 1, 2 – 9 are taken at face value and Ten, Jack, Queen and King have no value whatsoever. If two card are dealt that add up to more than nine, the first number falls away and only the second number is taken into consideration. E.g. 9 + 9 = 18 – value in Ponto Banco 8.

Ponto Banco and Baccarat are one and the same name, just played under different names. There is a great following in these two games, as here game is quick and one game truly follows each other in quick succession.


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