Online Baccarat at LeoVegas New Zealand

Online baccarat is one of the widely popular casino games with a long and rich history. In this game, the player collects two cards, and he aims to get to or get as close to nine. Also, players can bet on whether the Player or the Banker has the best value. Or if the round ends up in a Tie.

While the objectives and types of bets are straightforward, the betting process can be complex for beginners.

Also, playing the game online versus in the flesh can come with some variation. In the following section, we’ll cover the rules you’ll need to follow when playing baccarat online.

What are the main types of online baccarat games?

Like many card games, online baccarat is also playable in different variants. Here's a look at the most exciting online baccarat games you can play using real money.

  1. Squeeze Baccarat. This game variant offers an exciting way to play baccarat where the dealer 'squeezes' the card to reveal its value slowly. Evolution Gaming is one of the top suppliers of this live casino game, and it relies on multiple camera angles to capture the action.

  2. Punto Banco. It's the most original baccarat game you can play in online casinos where the casino banks the game all the time and plays both the Player and Dealer's hands, using a set of fixed drawing rules called the ‘tableau’.

  3. Live Baccarat. In Live Baccarat, the player enjoys the game against a human dealer in real-time. Top software vendors like Playtech and Evolution use multiple cameras, streaming technology, and dedicated tables to allow players to enjoy the game remotely.

  4. Speed Baccarat. Speed Baccarat is an entertaining choice for players who love a fast-paced game. Each round lasts 48 seconds, and there’s even an option to speed up the game to just 27 seconds!

  5. No Commission Baccarat. In No Commission Baccarat, the player no longer pays the 5% commission for a winning Banker’s bet. Instead, the house only pays you half your stake if the Banker wins with a six.

  6. Mini Baccarat. A version of baccarat that is played on a smaller scale. Rules are the same as in classic baccarat.

  7. Chemin de Fer. This version of baccarat is quite different from the usual one since the players play against each other instead of the Banker. It is not something that you can find in online casinos, but it is still popular in land-based casinos in Europe.

How to play online baccarat?

Baccarat is an exciting casino game that appeals to different types of players. This classic casino game is playable across three distinct sections- the Dealer, the Player, and a Tie. Before the start of each round, the player decides which hand has the best value. Another potential bet is a wager on a 'Tie,' which means both hands have the same point. The dealer then assigns two cards from the shoe to each Player's side of the house. After dealing with the cards, the values are added together.

The player aims to get a value closest to nine, and each round follows a set of table rules. In baccarat online, cards follow their face values, except for royals and 10s that get 0, and the Aces can either get 1 or 11. Under the baccarat rules, if the sum of two cards is equal or less than 5, the player is dealt another card. A third card is not dealt if the Player's or Banker's total is 8 or 9. If you bet on the Player and get the highest value, you win and collect a payout.

Learn more about baccarat rules in our "How to play Baccarat" guide.

What are online baccarat odds and payouts?

There are three possible betting options in baccarat online: Player, Banker, and a Tie. These bets come with varying odds and payouts, so players should learn a few tips or use a strategy when playing in the real money. For example, the Player’s bet has odds of 44.62% and pays 1:1, while the Banker’s bet has 45.86% odds of winning but pays 0.95 to 1. The casino takes the 5% as a commission to compensate for the bet’s higher odds. A wager on a ‘Tie’ offers the best payout of 8:1, but it only boasts odds of 9.52%.

What are the side bets in online baccarat?

Side bets are the additional bets that are placed in addition to main bets on Player, Banker, and Tie. Some popular side bets are 'Player Pair’, ‘Banker Pair’ and ‘Perfect Pair’, as well as All Red/Black, Big and Small, and Dragon 7/8.

What are the most popular online baccarat games?

Here at LeoVegas New Zealand, you can browse and play a wide range of baccarat variants to suit your playing styles and bankroll size. Here are some of the most exciting variants to play at LeoVegas right now:

  1. Golden Wealth Baccarat Live. An exciting production of Evolution Gaming, Golden Wealth Baccarat offers an Oriental-themed game with frequent multipliers that range from 2x to 8x! A 20% Golden Card fee is taken from each bet in each round, but it serves as the player's key to unlocking big wins with Golden Cards. With its grand production, up to 8x multiplier, and augmented reality, Golden Wealth Baccarat redefines a thrilling live casino action.

  2. Live Speed Baccarat. Check out Live Speed Baccarat from Evolution for fast-paced and maximum betting opportunities. Each betting is super-fast; each game is complete in just 27 seconds!

  3. Live Lighting Baccarat. This popular casino game blends classic gameplay, RNG-based Lightning Card multipliers, and Art Deco sensibilities. In Live Lightning Baccarat, one to five Lighting Cards are generated randomly from a virtual 52-card deck, and each card comes with a random multiplier from 2x up to 8x. Plus, there's a chance to earn huge wins thanks to the 20% Lightning Fee charged on each bet!

Can I play online baccarat on mobile?

LeoVegas Casino is an industry leader in premium casino games and mobile gambling. The casino works well on mobile devices, and there's even a dedicated native app that you can download for your Android and iOS device. With your LeoVegas app, you can easily access its sportsbook, mobile casino, and live casino sections. Also, the app lets you thoroughly enjoy the exciting LeoVegas games, including popular mobile baccarat games and slot machines.

In addition, the app offers you a chance to collect bespoke mobile casino bonuses and receive LeoAlerts for the latest sports betting scores and odds.

Can I play online baccarat for free?

At LeoVegas, you can play baccarat online in both the free demo and real money modes. You’ll find several premium RNG-based free baccarat games from top vendors such as Playtech and Evolution Gaming. However, live dealer games are not available in the free demo mode. To enjoy its thrilling selection of live dealer games, you'll need to register, log in, and top up your account with real money.

What are the most popular baccarat strategies?

Baccarat card counting is a popular baccarat strategy that involves predicting the next card that will appear and taking note of the cards that have been used.

Other strategies include the martingale strategy, where you double your bet in the next round when you lose, and the parlay method, where you double your bet in the next round when you win, using your winnings in the next round!

What is the best bet in baccarat?

The dealer has the most frequent win percentage, with a slight edge when it comes to betting on the dealer winning. A basic online baccarat strategy could also recommend players to avoid tie bets with those wins having the least chance of occurring. Due to the house edge for the dealer, a commission is often charged on winnings from a dealer bet.

Should I bet on tie in baccarat?

In baccarat, the tie bet has the highest house edge which means it is the least likely outcome when choosing to bet between the players, the dealer and a tie.

What is a house edge in baccarat?

The dealer has the house edge when playing baccarat online. If players wish to bet on the dealer winning over the player, commissions are typically charged on the winnings from that bet.

Is baccarat easy to learn?

Baccarat is one of the more straightforward options among online casino games once players become familiar with the basic rules of the game. It is regarded as a great option for all players as no skill or strategy is required.

How do you win at baccarat?

Players need to bet on one of the two hands on the table. Players can bet on the outcome of the dealer or player winning or the end result being a tie. To win, the hand the player bet on must be closer to the value of 9 than the other hand.

What is the best hand in baccarat?

The winning hand in baccarat is the one that equals a total value of 9. Cards to take note of are the ace, 10 card and picture cards. The ace will be valued at 1, with the 10 and picture cards equaling zero.

What are the odds of winning at baccarat?

When it comes to the baccarat game, the dealer's hand has winning odds of 45.8%, with the player's hand sitting at 44.6%.