Online casino baccarat at a glance
What you need to know:
Baccarat is the game of the aristocracy and, outside of online casinos, is almost exclusively reserved to high rollers.
How it works:
The aim of baccarat is to predict if the banker’s or player’s hand total will be closer or equal to 9.
A number of online baccarat titles are available at Vegas Palms each of which offer slight variations on graphic and gameplay elements. With its sophisticated graphics, simple gameplay and cross-platform availability, Baccarat Gold is player favourite at the casino.
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The origins of baccarat
The origins of the game are disputed with both Italy and France claiming to have first played it. The generally accepted chronology, however, is that an Italian, Felix Falguerein created the game in the late 14th century. The game then gained traction in France in the 15th century among soldiers of Charles VIII.
The game made its way to North America in the 19th century. However, most Americans much preferred the game’s distant cousin, blackjack. It took a trip to Cuba and a new name, Punta Banco, for the game to eventually gain traction in North America in the 1950s.
How to play online baccarat
The aim of online casino baccarat is for a player to predict if either the player’s or the bank’s two card hand total will be closest or equal to 9.
Calculating hand totals
Hand totals are calculated by adding the card value of each of the cards of a hand together.
Card values are as follows: Face cards and tens are calculated as zero, numbered cards are calculated at their face value and aces are calculated as 1.
Hand totals over 9
If a hand total is 10 or more, the left digit is dropped and the right digital becomes the hand total – in the case of 10, they hand total would be 0.
The third card rule
Should either hand total be equal or less than 5 than a third card will be drawn for that hand.
Betting on online baccarat
Online baccarat has a simple set of bet types that are easy to learn and use.
- Banker bet: Placing a bet on the banker’s hand be closer to 9 than the player’s or that it will equal 9.
- Player bet: Placing a bet on the player’s hand be closer to 9 than the banker’s or that it will equal 9.
- Tie bet: Placing a bet on both hand totals being equal to each other.
Online baccarat odds
The odds of each online baccarat type are dependent on the number of decks that are being used. The following is the house edge for each bet type for a single deck game of baccarat.
- Banker bet – 1.01%
- Player bet – 1.29%
- Tie bet – 15.75%
With basic probabilities and knowledge of online baccarat game rules, players can start enjoying their favourite online casino baccarat variation the casino’s Desktop, Browser or Mobile casino platforms; simply register an account today!