For a long time, Live Dealer Baccarat was a game that was specifically left for the elite in the society. It’s a game that was only played in the high tables by the rich, while the other people speculated.
However, as time went by, more and more people started playing it secretly but could not get rewarded as much as the high rollers. However, with the increasing popularity, the land based casinos decided that they could come up with different variants of this game so that even the casual players could also enjoy playing it. This lead to the development of different variants such as the American, European and Mini Baccarat Games. The Mini Baccarat, however, is the one that has managed to stand out amongst these three and continued to grow in popularity.
All these developments mentioned above happened in the 20th and 21st centuries, there was one thing that happened, which completely changed how we can now play Baccarat – online casinos were formed. While in the beginning only basic services could be accessed, advancement of technology has quickly lead to the development of these casinos and now they can offer us all the table games in real time through the live feature.
Live dealer baccarat is just one of these games and gives us a real land based Baccarat experience. The game is brought to you using a multi-camera, just as the ones used in Hollywood, to stream all the table action live and in HD straight to your device. This way, you can catch all the action up close and feel as if you are in the real brick and mortar casino.
In this game, all the action will be handled by the dealer, who represents the casino. This dealer is the one who’s responsible for ensuring that you have a good time playing at the site and he’ll make all the decisions at the site. He also is charged with the full responsibility of drawing all the Cards, but according to specified house rules. You on the other hand, you’ll be required to only choose how much you wish to wager as well as selecting the next position of the winning hand.
Playing the Game
Just as you would expect, you need to have a powerful PC or mobile device that can stream the game in HD. You’ll also be required to have a fast internet connection, since the games require you to stream as if you were watching a movie online. Once you have this, you’ll create an account at any of the top Baccarat Casinos, deposit money and start playing.
Objective of Baccarat
Your main aim is to beat the dealer, who is the Banker, by having a total hand value that is close to nine, but ensuring that it doesn’t exceed 9. When playing it, you’ll be betting on which hand has the likelihood of winning, i.e., the players or the bankers.
Just like Live Blackjack, Live Baccarat Online is normally played with a set of 8 decks of cards having a total of 52 Cards. This ensures that by the end of the round, the cards haven’t been reshuffled and thus ensuring that the results are accurate. However, unlike Blackjack where each and every card has a value, in Baccarat, the Ace, King, Jack, and Queen are valued at 0. All the remaining cards are counted using their face value.
How Are the Hands Calculated?
In Blackjack, the value of your hand is simply obtained by adding the two cards. However, in Live Baccarat, any figure above 10 usually sees a 10 being subtracted. For instance, if you have two 9’s, the value would be 18 in Live Blackjack. However, in Baccarat, the value of this hand is 18-10 = 8. This is automatically referred to as a Natural and you win if the value of the dealer’s hand is less than this one.
If on your first two cards you manage to get a total hand value that’s worth between 0-7, then the third card rules are usually followed. They are as follows:
For all the values between 0-5, you will be forced to draw a third card
If you get a value of 6 or 7, you will be forced to stand
As already mentioned, if you manage a value of 8 or 9, then you have a natural and you’ll have to stand
How Is the Live Dealer Baccarat Outcome Determined?
The outcome is determined by looking at the hand that has a value that’s close to 9 as possible. If the player’s hand is close to 9, then you are a winner if you correctly predicted this. Otherwise, you’ll have lost your bet. There’s also a tie option, and occurs if the hand of the player and that of the banker are the same.
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