Punto Banco is an exciting, fast-paced game and is one of the easiest games to play in the casino. Originating in Italy in the 15th Century, Punto Banco is a version of Baccarat that developed in Cuba and then became very popular in the USA after Fidel Castro closed all of the casinos in Havana. James Bond’s favourite game, Punto Banco is considered to be the most glamorous of all casino games and due to its relatively high limits, many high rollers are drawn to play the game in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.


 How to Play Punto Banco

The Dealer will deal 2 hands and the only decision you have to make is whether to place a bet on the “Punto” hand (i.e. the Player) the “Banco” hand (the Banker) or Egalité (a tie between the two hands). Punto Banco in the Fitzwilliam is played with 6 Decks  of Cards.

The Minimum bet is €10 and the Differential is €2000 on any one round (i.e. this is the maximum bet the casino will accept on any one hand with both Punto and Banco sides added together). The Maximum for Egalité is €250 for the table (on a first bet down basis).

The objective is to bet on the hand that you think will come closer to a total count of nine. Picture cards and tens count as 0. Aces count as 1, and all other cards count as face value. If required, a third card is dealt to each hand (according to rules below). If the point value of the first two cards drawn for either hand is 8 or 9, that is known as a “Natural” and no additional cards will be drawn. Hands don’t ever exceed 9 (bust), because the first digit of a two-digit number is always dropped.

Winning “Punto” &”Banker” bets are paid even money.  If both hands result in identical totals, the Egalité bet wins, paying 8 to 1. When Egalité occurs, all bets on the “Player” and the “Banker” are neither paid nor taken. There are certain Drawing Rules which must be adhered to:

PLAYERS HAND
Hand holding totals
after 2 cards:
Action:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Is dealt a third card unless Banco has 8 or 9
6 or 7 Stands
8 or 9 Natural – No further cards
BANKERS HAND
Hand holding totals
after 2 cards:
Action:
0, 1, 2 Is dealt a third card
3 Is dealt a third card unless Punto third card is an 8
4 Is dealt a third card unless Punto third card is an 0, 1, 8 or 9
5 Is dealt a third card unless Punto third card is an 0, 1, 2 ,3, 8 or 9
6 Stands unless Punto card is 6 or 7
7 Stands
8 or 9 Natural – No further cards to play

 

Ur Way Egalite is now available at The Fitz! 

Play a range of Side Bets with odds of up to 225 -1. €1 Minimum Bet and €10 Maximum Bet.

 

Free Bet Progressive Jackpots are also Now Available on Punto Banco at The Fitz!

8 Banks or more in a row when you have the button and you are in the cash, regardless of the outcome of your hand!

 

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