Baccarat Rules – The Big Road, the Bead Plate and the Derived Roads


Baccarat is one of the most popular casino games in the world. It’s also a very simple game to learn and play. The game is played on a special table with from seven to 14 seats for players and a separate area for the dealer. Players can choose to bet on the player hand winning, the banker’s hand winning or a tie. The player’s and banker’s hands are dealt cards and the aim of the game is to get a hand total closer to nine than the other.

Baccarat rules are pretty straightforward and similar to the rules of blackjack. There are however a few different rules and variations to the game that players should be aware of. These include the Big Road, the Bead Plate and the derived roads. Having a full understanding of these rules will help you to improve your odds at the game.

There are many implausible myths and legends surrounding the origin of baccarat, but it is thought to have originated in the 19th century in France. Baccarat can now be found in many casinos and is especially popular with Asian high rollers who prefer the game to other card games such as blackjack.

The baccarat betting board is designed with a large ’Player’ box and a smaller ‘Banker’ box. A player can place as much or as little as they like on each of these boxes, but the amount wagered must fall within the minimum and maximum table stakes displayed on the baccarat betting board. After all bets have been placed the dealer will deal the cards. First, the Banker’s hand will be dealt two cards and then the Player’s. If the Banker’s and Player’s hands both have a total close to nine then the wagers are paid out. If the total is greater than 9 then the first digit of the total is dropped. For example, a 7 and an 8 would be worth 13 points, but only 10 points would be awarded because the second number is higher than 9.

When a hand totals 9 then the ‘Big Road’ or ‘bead plate road’ is used to determine the winner. The ‘big road’ is made up of the two highest numbers on the baccarat board and the ‘bead plate road’ is made up of all the other numbered cards. If the ‘big road’ and ‘bead plate road’ have equal value then the result is a tie.

Another way to decide the winner of a baccarat game is to use the ‘derived roads’ or ‘cube road’, which are the three columns on the left and right sides of the game table. These derived roads are not as intuitive to understand as the bead plate and big road, but they are useful in determining the most likely outcome of a baccarat game. The derived roads are named after their respective shapes: the cube road, bead path and baby pig road. It takes a while for most people to fully grasp how these derived roads work and to become confident in using them to calculate the chances of a game.