Live casino at online casinos provides a very restricted number of casino games and as a general rule only blackjack, roulette and baccarat are available and of those baccarat is the least played. This is probably because there are many Irish casino players who do not understand the game of baccarat despite it being one of the simpler of casino games to play. Baccarat does of course have a reputation for being a high rollers game but at an online casino this is not the case albeit that at the live casino option the stakes are that little bit more than at the regular online casino. Strangely enough it is not essential to understand the casino game in order to play baccarat as it is a pure gambling game with no skill or strategy involved and in fact there are only two hands of cards dealt and there are only three possible bets. The two hands are called the bank and the player (this is where the alternative name of Punto Banco comes from; Banco being the bank and Punto being the player) and you can place your bet on either hand to win or for the result to be a draw, those are the three possible baccarat bets. The dealer in baccarat plays both hands but this is always done to strict rules so there really is no choice for the dealer which is also why baccarat lends itself easily to online casinos as programs can be written according to the rules. The only real difficulty for new baccarat players is the counting of the value of the cards in a hand although even this is quickly learned. Baccarat hand counting boils down to the fact that no hand may total over 10 and if this does happen then the first digit is forgotten so a 12 becomes 2 and a 14 becomes 4. Once you have you head around this Baccarat can be a great casino game.