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Baccarat is one of the simplest live casino games to master. In brief, you simply have to place your bet on the hand you believe will get closest to 9 - Player’s or Banker’s hand - or whether it will be a tie. One important thing to keep in mind when playing baccarat is that everyone at the table bets on the same cards - meaning there are no individual cards!
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The baccarat card game has come a long way since the early days of casinos, with the rise of several online baccarat table variations hitting the market in recent years, boasting exciting features. And LeoVegas Live Casino is no exception!
Side bets are the hype of the moment as they provide players with an extra and more intriguing component to the game and more opportunities to win. ‘Player Pair’, ‘Banker Pair’ and ‘Perfect Pair’ are all examples of some side bets you can find on most of the tables at LeoVegas Live Casino.
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The closest to classic baccarat, Punto Blanco usually requires no nameship formality in North America as it’s the most common. Play unfolds under strict drawing rules, or if you want to get fancy, according to a ‘tableau’ (that’s table en francais!). This table sets the law for when cards are drawn, and therefore, no player decisions are necessary after the initial bet on Player (punto) or Banker (banco) has been made.
Mini is as mini does, as this game plays with smaller bets on a smaller table. Its main deviation from classic rules is that the dealer is always the Banker. This all makes it a welcoming table for beginners and a top choice for casual players.
A little more freedom can be found in European Baccarat. Those strict guidelines of Punto Blanco have gone by the wayside and choices are back! Players choose to stand or draw on a hand valued at 5, and the Banker can choose to draw a third card or not. Take that, tableau!
Observant folk will immediately recognize this as the French version, literally translated to ‘railway’ and often simplified to ‘Chemmy’. In this popular version, the twist is that players can be the Banker while other participants are the Player, thus putting players in competition with each other.
Besides the fact that Baccarat Banque plays with only three decks, the main difference is who the Banker is. In this Euro favourite, the casino is always the Banker.
Let’s revisit the main rule of baccarat for this one, in which players have the option to bet on one of two hands, Player or Banker. In Super Pan 9, there’s no such choice and the same counting game to 9 plays out in player versus dealer action. One other tidbit is that players start off with three cards rather than two.
A game that most real estate agents will likely shy away from! As the name suggests, commission has been eliminated, which slightly alters the payouts in this version. Another perk to Super 6, is the side bet action in which players win if the Banker wins with six.
Can you guess? While basic baccarat dishes out two cards to start, Three Card Baccarat deals out…wait for it…three. Indeed, three is a theme here and if you find your cards looking back at you, aka three face cards, you’re a winner. Overall, face cards hold big value here and notably, this variant is played with one deck only.
Tricky to say, easy to play. For those who feel pressure making decisions, this game is for you. It’s a one stop decision shop based on two hands - a Banker and a Player.
While these two hands are named Banker and Player, they could have easily been named Hand #1 and #2 or This & That, or Frick & Frack. Think about that! This is not a dealer versus player game at all. Between these two hands, you’re betting on which one will get the closest to 9. Main betting options are Player, Banker and Tie.
Once Player and Banker receive their two cards, a third draw is pre-determined by baccarat rules, already in place. From this point on, the cards fall according to the guidelines, and especially when playing online, this is your time to sit back and see where lady luck falls.
For interest's sake, you can jump over to our how to play baccarat online guide to get all the deets.
As this is a counting game, it’s time to dig into the card values.
We bet you’ve already noticed that face cards are somewhat two-faced, holding values of 10 or 0. Since there is no bust in baccarat, a hand exceeding 9 (10 or higher of course), drops by 10. Example: a King (0), a Nine (9), and an Ace (1) add up to 10, however, given our values and this drop rule, we’re left with 0.
Here’s the good news. Playing online takes away any apprehension you may feel when sitting down as a beginner. Why? The croupier, live or video, takes care of all the prompting for you. Bets are easily managed with a few clicks, you can chat up other players and feel confident in your play. After all, the best way to learn a new game is to jump in and play!
Always check the payouts of the specific baccarat table you’re joining, especially the variant side bets. For the most part, basic baccarat sticks to these three common bets, and features these odds and payouts (based on an eight-deck shoe).
What do we notice about these payouts and odds? It’s a game of luck rather than skill but the Banker has an edge. Why? Because of the third card rules that are much more likely to assist the Banker in making a hand. Now, side bets are a different beast.
If you’re left craving a little more action after your initial Player, Banker or Tie decision, baccarat side bets may be for you! Remember that while side bets pay well, the house advantage is much greater than in the base game. Let’s go over a few of the most common ones:
Perfect Pairs pays when the first two cards dealt are an exact match in both rank and suit.
Or, there’s Dragon Bet (house edge Player 2.65% and Banker 9.37%) which pays up to 30:1 when a natural is dealt (meaning, a 9 comes ‘naturally’ with two cards totalling 8 or 9) or wins by a large sum.
Another common choice is the All Black or All Red side bet (house edge Black 6.53% and Red 14%) that pays up to 24:1, you guessed it, on whether the respective hand is all black or all red.
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Baccarat is a game of pure luck. Remember, once you’ve chosen which hand to bet on, basic baccarat rules take over, and it plays out without any further decisions required. So, a winning strategy? Tough call. Go with what you know - that the Banker has a slight 1% edge, shy away from a Tie bet, and use the stats of coups gone by to see how recent hands have played out.
If you’re a stickler for details, then the Banker is your bet. Granted, it only pulls a favorable edge of about 1% over the Player’s, so in this game of luck, it’s really fair game on ‘best bet’.
Of course - free play has to be one of the best beginner perks of online casino play! Jump into free baccarat games ,and when you get the swing of it, our casino world is your oyster to jump into for real wins. Another route for newbs is to simply observe the game in our Live Casino, and absorb all there is to know.
We’ve known from our look at odds that the Banker has a slight edge over the Player - and we mean slight, like 1%ish. But, an edge is an edge. And with that 5% commission on Banker wins, it comes out pretty much a coin flip in this luck-based game. But, you asked so we’ll say Banker. Final answer.
Let’s reiterate what the odds and pay table tell us about this wager - the odds of hitting it barely creep over 9.5% and for that a lotta lady luck needs to be on your side. So, a payout of 8:1 may not seem quite worth it. But, it’s your game, and most importantly, your money at stake.