For card and table game enthusiasts, Baccarat is a firm favourite. Played at land-based casinos and online, it combines the thrill of head-to-head games with expanded betting options, side bets and the chance to win a decent payout on each hand.
At JackpotCity Casino you can experience the thrills and spills of real Punto Banco with live Baccarat powered by Evolution Gaming.
Authentic Online Baccarat Action
Being a live dealer casino game, Live Baccarat brings you face to face with real dealers who operate from a professional casino studio. Everything about it is real, the cards, the tables, the dealers - and the excitement!
Using the state of the art video streaming technology, live dealer games connect you to a dealer the moment you login. You can even send messages to the dealer and chat with other players around the table via the in-game chat screen, making playing all the more immersive and interactive.
A Slick and Stylish Setup
If you have played online casino Baccarat before, then playing the live dealer version will come naturally.
Live Baccarat is based on the classic game of Punto Banco or Player/Banker Baccarat. This differs from Chemin de Fer, which is the iconic game James Bond used to play in the 007 films. With Punto Banco, players face off against the dealer/house instead of each other.
As with all live dealer games like Roulette or Blackjack, each game can accommodate a certain number of players at the table. For Evolution Gaming live games, this is usually a maximum of 7 players with different tables with higher and lower limits for novices and experienced players. Once you are seated at the table, you can start betting as soon as the next round begins.
The Basics of Punto Banco
Punto Banco Baccarat is very much a luck-based casino game as all decisions are made in the betting stage. Once the bets are placed, it is up to fate to determine whether your bet is a winner. In this game, you have three main betting options. The first bet you can place is the Player bet, the second is the Banker bet and finally, you can choose to bet on a tie.
Making a Player bet means you are betting that the Player hand will win. If this does happen, you will be paid out even money on your wager. According to the statistics, the Banker bet has a slightly lower house edge. Betting on the Banker will pay out slightly less than even money since the Banker takes a cut of the winnings. Betting a tie is extremely risky, but it does have the highest payout at 12:1, so if the luck of the Irish is on your side, we say go for it!
Placing Your Bet
As with all live dealer casino games, placing a bet is as simple as placing the chips with the value you want to wager on the highlighted area seen in the video overlay. Once everyone around the table has placed their bet, the dealer will start the deal. They will start by dealing both the Player hand and the Banker hand two cards facing up. If needed, a third card can be drawn.
In Baccarat, each card is worth a certain number of points, similar to Blackjack. If the point total goes into double digits, the first digit is dropped and the second becomes the point number. Therefore 17 becomes 7, 12 becomes 2 and so on. The hand with the highest point score (closest to 9) wins.
Exciting Optional Side Bets
With Evolution Gaming’s Live Baccarat, you also have the opportunity of placing side bets. These are optional casino online bets that are placed at the start of the round. The most popular side bet is the pairs bet. Here, you are simply betting that the Player hand that will be dealt is a matching pair, the Banker hand that will be dealt is a matching pair or both hands will be pairs. A winning pair bet pays out regardless of what happens in the main game.
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