Baccarat is not a difficult game to play at all, though it often intimidates newcomers because of the boisterous nature of the tables and high stakes usually at risk. However, you don't need to be a billionaire to take part.
Baccarat appears confusing, especially with players screaming and yelling and slamming their fists on the table while taking part in elaborate card-folding rituals that can easily confound the uninitiated, however the rules of the game are actually quite simple. Boiled down to its most basic level, you are wagering on a coin toss.
There are two hands dealt to the table - called the Dealer and the Player. Each hand gets two cards and are added together, with the highest total winning. If a hand goes over ten, then you use only the ones digit, so a total of 14 is equal to a point total of four. Your bet is simply which hand you think will win. It's a total guess.
Now, there are rules in place as to whether or not a hand is allowed to draw a third card or not, but you don't need to worry about those off the bat, because you can easily learn those rules by playing Mini-Baccarat. These are the type of Baccarat you'll find in the Pacific Northwest. Mini-Baccarat is exactly the same thing as its "big brother" except that instead of the players dealing the cards themselves, a dedicated dealer handles all the card delivery.
The best thing about these smaller games is that the minimum bet is often less than that at a blackjack table, making it a great place to join in the fun without worrying about losing your bankroll on one hand of play.