If any gaming option has the power to bridge Eastern and Western gambling traditions, it is live Baccarat. A card-comparing game, its appeal lies in the fact that it is all up to chance – and that includes the moves made by the hands.
This is quite the opposite of casino games such as Blackjack and Poker, in which players and dealers decide what moves to make. When you live Baccarat at an online casino, the only thing you need to do is to place a bet.
Live Baccarat first began to take shape in the 1600s. By the 1800s, it had developed the rules that would make it recognisable to modern players.
Rather than trying to beat the dealer by making moves, you only need to bet on the hand you think will win with a total closest to 9 points. This makes it one of the most suspenseful and thrilling games available to players in India.
Like other card games, there are different variations of live Baccarat available, but the most popular of all is Punto Banco. Its name is derived from the names it gives the hands – the Player is Punto, and the Banker is Banco.
The most obvious element of that variation is that all moves are played out by the dealer, even though they are determined by the rules. This works perfectly in an online live casino environment. Where you will find variety, and an eye-popping amount of it, is in the way the classic variant is offered. Use our reviews to find games that use multiple cameras for spectacular views of the action, tables that offer the slow reveal known as the Squeeze, games that are played at high speed, and many more.
As live Baccarat requires so little input from players, you can learn to play it in a few seconds. It will take longer if you want to learn how to use the Roads and other statistics to help you decide how to bet, but if you want to know the basics, you are in luck – it really is very simple indeed.
You need to place a bet before the cards are dealt. You can bet that the Player will win, that the Banker will win, or that Player and Banker will tie. If you took the first option and win, your bet will pay out even money. If you enjoy success with the second option, your bet will pay out even money less 5% commission.
If, however, you placed a winning tie bet, it will pay out 8 to 1. The live Baccarat dealer will deal 2 cards to each hand after you place your bet, and will make any moves required by the rules. This can include hitting if the Player has a total of 5 or less, and standing if the Player’s total is between 6 and 9. The Player’s score, as well as any cards added to that hand, determine whether the Banker hits. You will find out which hand won with a score closest to 9 points once all moves have been made.
Players and dealers in the casinos of Macau developed different ways of analysing the results of live Baccarat rounds. The various statistics are presented in what are known as Roads.
You can find card shoe results by looking at the Big Road, and you can see trends in those results by looking at the Small, Big Eye, and Cockroach Roads.