Punto Banco

American Games

Game rules.


The game is played with 6 decks of cards.
Players can choose between 3 stakes: punta (player), banco (bank) or egalité (tie).

Max 3 players per box for a maximum of 7/9 boxes, depending on the size of the table. The combination, Punta or Banco, which comes closest to 8/9, wins.

Payments are:
– evens for a Punta combination
– evens for Banco, less 5% commission (cagnotte);
– and 8 to 1 for Egalité

To play a hand, the game steward extracts four cards from the sabot and lays them face down on the table. The first and third are dealt to the player (Punta), the second and fourth to the banker (Banco).

Number cards score their face value, and picture cards and 10s are worth zero.
Hands are scored by adding the value of the cards together and ignoring the tens digit (e.G. 6+7=13-10=3).

The player (Punta) who has been dealt the first two cards speaks first, asking for or refusing another card according to the rule table (Tableau de Tirage).
I.E. The player draws a third card if the first two cards score 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 but sticks with a total of 6 or 7.

The steward then turns up and plays the bank’s cards, again abiding by the rule table.
I.E. They draw a card with a score of 0, 1 or 2; they stick with 7 and with a total of 3, 4, 5, or 6, they play according to a table.

The score of 8 and 9

The score of 8 and 9, formed by the first two cards, gives both the pointer and the banker the right to serve, precluding the opponent from requesting a card. The false drafts, if found, will be re-established according to the rule.