How To Play
Live Baccarat is played with eight decks of cards at a real baccarat table. As with any game of baccarat, the aim is to build a hand of cards as close in value to nine as possible.
To start a round you need to bet on yourself, the banker or a tie. There are also various side bets that you can place to make the game even more exciting. After you have placed your bets, you will receive two face-up cards, as will the dealer. Aces count as one, cards two through ten count as their face values and the face cards also count as ten. If the hand is worth more than ten then ten is subtracted from the total. For instance, a hand of 16 is worth 6.
There are some situations where a third card is dealt to either the player or the dealer. The player receives an additional card if their hand is worth between zero and five. If the hand is worth six or seven then it stands. If the player stands then the banker hits on a total of 5 or less. However, if the player does hit then the banker will draw a card if their hand is worth seven or less and depending on the value of the player’s third card. For instance, if the banker’s first two cards are worth five, they will draw a third card if the player’s third card was 4, 5, 6 or 7. In all circumstances if the player and/or the banker has a total of 8 or 9 then they will both stand. Further details can be found in the game’s rules.
All winning bets are paid out at 2:1 except for a successful bet on a tie, which is paid out at 8:1.
Features and Side Bets
As well as placing regular bets, there are a number of side bets available in Live Baccarat. The bets are always on the first two cards dealt to the player or dealer. The bets available are Player Pair, Banker Pair, Either Pair, Perfect Pair, Big and Small and can be placed even in the absence of regular bets.
The ‘Pair’ bets are on whether the first two cards dealt will form a pair, the Big bet pays out if the total number of cards dealt between player and banker is 5 or 6 and the Small bet pays out if the total number of cards dealt is 4.
Live Baccarat has a few special features. Upon joining a table, you are automatically assigned a seat but it is possible to move to a different seat. After each round, you can click on the ‘Change Seat’ button and the bet areas of the free seats are highlighted. You then just need to click on the bet area of a seat in order to take it.
At the top of the screen you will see three panels for displaying scoring cards. You can choose from a variety of different types of cards such as Big Road, Big Eye Road, Small Road and Cockroach and display them as you wish across these panels.