There are no frills and no spills with live baccarat; just the standard centuries-old game streamed from a live casino studio and played in the comfort of your own home.
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For those who haven’t played baccarat before, it’s not something you can dive into straight away and pick up as you play. There are a lot of variants when it comes to winning hands, and a lot of variants when it comes to how the dealer plays the game. If you’re not familiar with the rules, have a read of our baccarat review first.
For those that are familiar, with live baccarat you start the game in the usual way: by betting on the banker, betting on the player, or betting on the tie. The croupier then deals two oversized cards to each side (they use oversized cards you are able to see them through your live stream, though they are also displayed in the top right corner of the screen), and you either win, or you don’t.
Baccarat is usually played by the high rollers in Vegas and around the globe, but the world of online live casino invites you to the baccarat table for players of all budgets, and gives you two different camera angles to play with. Baccarat has the lowest house edge of all the table games with just 1.24% when betting on the player, and 1.06% when betting on the banker. It’s simply the game for the winners.
The standard live dealer baccarat payouts are just the same as the traditional game, however there are a number of side bets involved too:
- Big = 0.54 : 1
- Banker = 0.95 : 1
- Player = 1 : 1
- Small = 1.5 : 1
- Either pair = 5 : 1
- Tie = 8 : 1
- Player / Banker pair = 11 : 1
- Perfect pair = 25 : 1
Just like the traditional game of baccarat, winning on the player will mean you double your money, and by winning on the banker you will double money, though you will be deducted 5% commission.
However, the side bets do need some explaining in a bit more depth. A ‘big’ side bet means you are betting on the banker and players having 5 or 6 cards between them. A ‘small’ side bet means you are betting on the banker and players having 4 cards.
You are also able to bet on the player or banker having two of the same cards which pays 11 : 1, and either banker or player having the same cards which is 5 : 1. The biggest winning side bet is the perfect pair, which is when you bet on two cards coming out for the banker or the player being the same number and the same suit which pays 25 : 1.
There’s just something a little bit better playing with real live dealers compared to the old-fashioned 2/3D table games isn’t there? It just feels more real.
And this live version of baccarat is a great variant, all your favourite things about baccarat in one, handy, live place.
There’s nothing different, nothing to get used to, just pure baccarat one on one just like you’d play down at the casino, all from the comfort of your own room, pub, or even at the gym.
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Author: Tom M.
Tom has been creating online content for over 10 years now starting way back as a small, impressionable 16-year-old. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.