How To Play
Live Soho Baccarat is played with eight decks of card shuffled into the shoe and follows the standard rules of the game. The aim of each round is to predict whether the Player or Banker position will have a value closer to 9 when the cards are dealt.
This means that there are just three possible bets, Player, Banker and Tie. Players simply bet on one or more of these at the start of each round, at the same time it is possible to place any of the side bets. Once the betting time has elapsed, the dealer will deal two face up cards to each position, the first to the Player, the second to the Banker, the third to the Player and the fourth to the Banker.
When calculating a position’s value, the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values, Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10 and Aces are worth 1. The cards are added together and if the total is larger than 10, then 10 is subtracted from the total. For instance, a hand of 18 is worth 8.
In some scenarios, a third card may be dealt to one or both of the positions:
- If the Player or the Banker position has a total of 8 or 9 then they always stand.
- If the Player position has a total of 6 or 7 then it stands.
- If the Player position stands and the Banker position has a total of 5 or less then the Banker position draws a card.
- If the Player has a total of 5 or less then the player draws a third card.
If the Player position receives a third card, then the Banker position will also do so in the following situations:
- If the Banker has a total of 0, 1 or 2.
- If the Banker has a total of 3 then they will draw if the Player’s third card was 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, or 0 (not 8).
- If the Banker has a total of 4 they will draw if the Player’s third card was 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7.
- If the Banker has a total of 5 they will draw if the Player’s third card was 4, 5, 6 or 7.
- If the Banker has a total of 6 they will draw if the Player’s third card was 6 or 7.
- If the Banker has a total of 7 they will always stand.
Once all the cards have been dealt, the position with the total closest to 9 wins. The game offers the standard Baccarat payout of 0.95:1 for a winning Banker bet, 1:1 for a Player, and 8:1 for a winning Tie bet.
Features and Side Bets
Those who look for trends in the cards can make use of five roadmap scorecards, the Big Road, Bead Road, Big Eye Road, Small Road and Cockroach. By default, they are displayed at the bottom of the screen and can be enlarged by clicking on them.
There are many different side bets available in Live Soho Baccarat. The largest payouts are offered by the Egalite bets. These are bets on a Tie forming with a specific value, such as if both positions have a value of 7. 0 pays out 150:1, 1 pays out 215:1, 2 pays out 220:1, 3 pays out 200:1, 4 pays out 120:1, 5 pays out 110:1, 6 and 7 pay out 45:1, and 8 and 9 payout 80:1
There are also side bets that relate to how many cards will be dealt in total across the two positions. The Big side bet wins if the total number of cards dealt between the two positions is 5 or 6 and it pays at 0.54:1. The Small side bet wins if the total number of cards dealt between the Player and Banker is 4 and it pays at 1.5:1.
The final four side bets relate to pairs. The Player/Banker Pair bets are on the respective positions being dealt a pair, such as 5 of Clubs and 5 of Spades, and they both pay at 11:1. The Either Pair side bet wins if either position is dealt a pair and it pays at 5:1. Finally, the Perfect Pair side bet wins if one of the positions is dealt a pair of identical cards, such as two Jacks of Spades, and it pays at 25:1.