For a long time, Baccarat was a game that reserved for the gambling elite but today everyone can enjoy this elegant casino game. The game has a simple premise and takes very little time to learn. This version is packed with features including a selection of roadmaps scorecards, lucrative side bets, and even the ability to perform the squeeze. Thanks to this, everyone from complete newcomers to highly experienced players are sure to have a great time playing.
Baccarat is a very simple game, you are just betting on which one of two hand positions, the Player or the Banker, will have a value closer to 9 when the round is over. You need to place your bets at the start of the round and then each position is dealt two facedown cards.
The cards in the position that you did not bet on are revealed. You can then perform the squeeze ritual on the position you did bet on. Once all cards have been revealed, in some situations a third card may be dealt to either hand.
When calculating hand values in Baccarat, the number cards are worth their face value, Aces are worth 1 and the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth ten. When calculating the value of a hand, if it is worth more than 10 then 10 is subtracted from the total, e.g. a hand of 13 is worth 3.
A hand is called a Natural if it has a value of 8 or 9 and it won’t receive any further cards. If the Player position is worth 5 or less then it receives a third card. If the Player position is worth more than 5 then the Banker position receives a third card if it is worth 5 or less but it won’t receive a third card if it is worth more than 5.
If the Player hand has received a third card then the following rules apply to the Banker hand. If the Banker hand is worth 2 or less then it receives a third card. If the Banker hand is worth 3 then it receives a third card as long as the Player’s third card was not an 8. If the Banker hand is worth 4 then it receive a third card if the Player hand is worth 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. If the Banker hand is worth 5 then the Banker will receive a third card if the Player’s third card was a 4, 5, 6 or 7. If the Banker hand is worth 6 then it will receive a third card if Player’s third card was a 6 or 7. The Banker will not receive a third card if the position has a total of 7 or higher.
Once all cards have been dealt, you will be paid for any winning bets and then the next round begins.
There are just three main bets in Baccarat. You can bet on the Banker position to win, the Player position to win or for the round to end in a Tie.
The game offers the Player/Banker Pair side bet. The Player Pair wins if the first two cards dealt to the Player are a pair and the Banker Pair wins if the first two cards dealt to the Banker are a pair.
This version of Baccarat offers a number of special features that make the game more enjoyable. To the left of the screen you can see a condensed history view of the last twelve hands. If you click on it, it expands to show you a number of roadmap scorecards that display information about which positions won the previous rounds, if it was a Natural hand and if there was a player or banker pair.
As mentioned, you can perform the squeeze on the hand that you bet on. You are able to rotate the individual cards and peel back a corner of them. However, you can turn off the squeeze in the settings menu if you don’t want to use it. You can also turn on and off the game sounds and dealer voice.
A winning Player bet pays at 1:1, a Banker bet pays 0.95:1, and a Tie bet pays 8:1. The Player and Banker Pair side bets both pay at 11:1