Live Online Baccarat
It's clear that Playtech's Live Games platform brought the online casino practice one step closer to reality. Using sophisticated technology, players can watch the dealer performs actions such as spinning the Roulette wheel, dealing cards and throwing dice, all in real-time. In addition, players can engage the dealer in 1-on-1 live chat.
This platform offers a much more vibrant sensation and helps to overpass the gap between the online gaming environment and the land-based one.
Live Online Baccarat is played just like a usual Baccarat Game. As you probably already know, Baccarat is one of the simplest table games introduced into France from Italy in the XV century. The most famous type of baccarat is chemin de fer, which has been promoted by several James Bond movies. The other versions of the game are baccarat banque and punto banco.
Baccarat is a simple game with only 3 possible results:
Baccarat cards are counted in a unique manner. Cards from 2 to 9 maintain their face value. All 10-value cards (tens and all picture cards) count as 0 and Aces count as 1.
The value of the hand is obtained by adding the value of the individual cards. If the cards in a hand total 10 or more, simply subtract 10. So, summing a 6 and a 4, we obtain zero. Any hand worth zero is called a Baccarat.
- Deal: after you have placed your bet, press this to deal the cards.
- New Game: start a new game round.
- Rebet: place the same bet as in the previous game round and deal the cards too.
- Skip Turn: skip your turn when you are playing in Multiplayer mode.
- Chat: to chat with other players, type your message and then click this button again (or press enter).
- History: with this option you are able to see the Live Online Baccarat game history (dates, bets and results of your previous game rounds).
- Help: opens the Live Online Baccarat game help file.
- Options: open the Options dialog box.
- Cashier: this option is available only in Real Money mode. Click it to go to the Cashier. The Cashier allows you to deposit or withdraw money, view your transaction history, etc.
- Play For Real Money: Live Games can be played only on Real Money Mode.
- Lobby: press this to exit the online casino game and go back to the lobby. You can't exit in the middle of a game round.
Baccarat's Main Idea
Baccarat is largely a game of luck which offers the player a comprehensive expectation of winning. However, the house edge can be reduced with money management and skillful play to 1 %.
Baccarat is played with 6 or 8 decks of 52 cards. As mentioned before, there are 3 types of bets and the game odds are high. Your goal is to successfully guess whether the Player's hand or the Banker's hand will get closer to a value of 9 or that the game will result in a Tie.
In chemin de fer, one gambler assumes the function of the Banker and one of the remaining players the function of the Player. The Banker deals cards to the player and himself in a predetermined manner with both having the option to accept or reject supplementary cards. Ultimately the hand with the higher value wins. If the Dealer wins then the Players lose their stakes. If the Player wins, he is paid according to his bet. When it comes to a Tie, no one wins.
How to play Baccarat?
It really isn't essential to be familiar with all the details of dealing baccarat, because the game flaws according to predetermined rules and the bets are easy to make.
You decide whether to bet on the Dealer or the Player to get as close as possible to a total of 9. Or you can bet the game to end in a Tie. This is an exceptional outcome but you win eight times your bet if you're right.
So, here are the concrete stages of playing Baccarat:
- You place a bet on the Player, Banker, or on a Tie
- The Player and Banker are each dealt 2 cards
- If each hand has a Natural, that hand automatically wins, unless there is a Tie (in a Tie between two Naturals, the highest point value wins. If both Naturals are equal, you Push on Banker and Player bets and win on Tie bets)
- The Player draws a third card or Stands according to the rules
- The Banker draws a third card or Stands according to the same rules
- Ultimately the two hands are compared to establish the winner
|Player's Hand Value ||Player's Moves|
|0-5||Draws 3rd card|
Banker (if Player has 2 cards)
|Banker's Hand Value||Player's Hand Value||Banker's Moves|
|-||8, 9 (Natural)||Stands|
Banker (if Player has 3 cards)
|Banker's Hand Value||Player's 3rd card||Banker's Moves|
|0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 9||Draws|
|4||0, 1, 8, 9||Stands|
|2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7||Draws|
|5||0, 1, 2, 3, 8 or 9||Stands|
|4, 5, 6, or 7||Draws|
|6||0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 or 9||Stands|
|8, 9 (Natural)||Anything||Stands|
Note on disconnections: if you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a Live Online Baccarat Game while playing for Real Money, reinstate your Internet connection and log back into the Online Casino. You can then click the History button to see the ending of your earlier round.
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