Thanks in no small part to headline-grabbing progressive slots jackpots that can be found at online casinos these days, the much quieter game of Baccarat is one that is often overlooked by all but the keenest of players. That’s a shame because Baccarat is a simple table game which gives the player just three bets to choose from, two of which give the house a very thin edge. As for the third bet, most experts agree that it is best avoided, as we will explain in a few moments.
Baccarat is played with a single deck of standard playing cards. Aces have a value of 1, the cards 2 to 9 retain their face value and the remaining cards (10, J, Q and K) have a value of 0. When the game is played two hands are dealt – one is designated Player and the other is designated Banker. The hand which wins is the one which has a value that is as near to 9 as possible. If the cards dealt to a hand (two to begin with) total double digits then 10 is deducted to reduce it back to a single digit. For example, 7 + 7 = 14 so 10 is deducted to give the hand a value of 4.
We could spend quite a lot of time discussing the finer rules of Baccarat but because the online game effectively plays itself there is no need to do this. We will instead explain how betting online works and if you want to familiarise yourself with the complete rules of the game you can invariably do so by consulting the Help section associated with the Baccarat game at your chosen online casino.
As we said earlier, there are three betting options in a game of online Baccarat, and these are as follows:
Player – Bet that the Player hand will win. The odds paid for success are 1 to 1.
Banker – Bet that the Banker hand will win. The odds paid for success are 1 to 1 minus 5% commission.
Tie – Bet that the Player and Banker will tie. The odds paid for success are 8 to 1.
The important thing to note here is that whilst the house edge for the Player bet tends to be around 1.24% and the house edge for the Banker bet is even smaller at around 1.06%, the house edge for the Tie bet is a whopping 14.4%. That’s why most experts suggest focusing on the Player or Banker bets and ignoring the Tie bet completely.
With such a paltry house edge on Player and Banker bets, enjoying a winning session at a Baccarat table is perfectly achievable. Our advice is to try the game for yourself at the Lottery Casino (where the game is as good to look at as it is potentially profitable) and see what you think. Good luck!