Live Baccarat Card Matchup Game Guide

8 Standard 52-Decks:

no Jokers, cards are dealt face-up, the highest card wins

Bet Types:

Total of 7 bets — 3 main bets and 4 side bets

High RTPs:

Home & Away have an RTP of 96.27%; all side bets have 92.31% RTP

Highest-Value Card:

At 14 points, the Ace is the highest-value card


Draw bets have a 11:1 payout, all other bets have a 1:1 payout

Live Baccarat Card Matchup Game Guide

Card Matchup is a sports-inspired dynamic card game, a part of OnAir Entertainment’s™ casino games portfolio. It’s very similar to Baccarat, allowing players to bet on Home, Away, or Draw - just as they would bet in sports.

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However, in this game, participants only have to guess the outcome - whether both hands will have an equal value for a Draw bet or one hand will have a bigger value for a Home or Away bet. Besides these three main bets, the game allows for side bets and has quite a few interesting features.

Game Rules

The Card Matchup rules are simple; the cards are dealt from an eight-deck shoe, and all decks are standard 52-card decks - the Jokers are excluded. All bets must be placed before the cards are dealt. Then, one card is dealt face-up to both Home and Away, and the card with the bigger value wins the round. If the value of the cards is equal, the round ends in a draw - which is the third main bet in addition to the Home and Away bets.

The cards are taken at face value (2s to Kings = 2 to 13), except the Ace, which has a value of 14. The main bets can be supplemented with side bets; there are four side bets in Card Matchup — Red, Black, Over 8.5, and Under 7.5. Players can place a side bet in addition to the main bet or opt to place a side bet only. The cards are burned every time the cutting card is scanned, and whenever a new shoe is taken, a minimum of 1 card is burned, while a maximum of 10 cards can be burned at once.

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Expert Betting Techniques & Dealer Options

Even though Baccarat is a game of chance, there’s a Card Matchup strategy players can adopt to increase their chances of winning. The first thing to know about this game is that the Home and Away bets have the highest RTP (96.27%), while all side bets have a 92.31% RTP, higher than the RTP on the Draw bet (89.63%).

Combining one main bet (Home or Away) and one side bet is the best way to get a more substantial payout. Combining one main bet with 2 side bets is possible for increased payout potential.

The game’s interface is available in 20 languages, but the presenter/dealer speaks English, and the Live Support is available only in English. Just like in most Live Casino games, participants can communicate with each other and the dealer through chat but also get in touch with support.

The game has three built-in buttons showing the Winning Streak, History, and Player Statistics. Plus, there’s an integrated Sports Widget that allows players to see the scores of current matches and view upcoming matches while playing Card Matchup.

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How to Play Card Matchup

Players who want to engage in Baccarat online for real money but also like sports betting will find that this game is the perfect blend of the two. The only thing left to do is find Card Matchup and start placing bets; the list below has the necessary instructions for doing so.

  1. Open the official website or mobile app of Jackpot City Casino.
  2. Sign into an existing account or register for a new account on the platform.
  3. Make a deposit to your account balance.
  4. Use the Search bar to look for the game by title—type Card Matchup in the bar—or visit the Live Casino section and find the game under Live Baccarat.
  5. Set a betting limit, place a bet, and press the deal button.
  6. Watch the round unfold and decide whether to place a new bet, repeat the same bet, add an additional side bet, or collect any accumulated winnings.
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Mobile Compatibility

Card Matchup is streamed in a dynamic scaling ratio, which automatically adjusts the interface to fit any screen size in horizontal and vertical view, making it equally suitable for desktop computers and mobile devices. To make things even better, this game and other games like Match Day can be found in the mobile Live Casino lobby of this Baccarat online casino. 

Jackpot City offers two options for mobile play: through any mobile browser or dedicated casino apps for Android and iOS. Both apps are free to download and install, and while the Android app needs to be downloaded directly from Jackpot City's website, the iOS app can be found on the App Store. Registration, deposits, and gameplay are just as seamless on mobile as they are on desktop.

Safety & Security

The Card Matchup Live Dealer game is developed by a reputable provider, OnAir Entertainment™. This and all other games in the Jackpot City casino industry are certified with independent tests conducted by eCOGRA, which ensure the outcomes are random and fair.

Jackpot City, in addition to game quality, offers fast, secure, and reputable payment methods, such as Interact, Visa, and Paysafecard. User data is protected with SSL encryption, both during registration and as long as this data is stored on casino servers. Player protection is enabled by deposit limits and the possibility of self-imposed exclusions, but also by access to several Responsible Gambling resources whose purpose is to aid problem gamblers.

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