Baccarat is one of the games that are now widely available online at Eaglebet, and the rules on how to play live baccarat online are quite similar to those at an actual casino.
A baccarat game features a dealer who hosts the game, and the aim of the game is to beat the dealer by having a hand that is closest in value to 9. The game has eight decks of 52 cards each, and players can bet on who will win the round before each hand is dealt, with even the dealer’s hand being open for bets. Card values for a baccarat game are as follows –
An ace is the lowest-value card and has a value of 1 the numerical cards from 2-9 are worth their face value, i.e a 2 of any of the four suits is worth 2, and so on the three face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks), along with 10s, are each worth 0
The suit of a card is irrelevant in a game of baccarat; only the numerical value matters. As stated earlier, players have to bet on who will win the round before the cards are dealt, while they can also bet on a tie, where the dealer and a player have hands of the same value. The deal begins with the dealer dealing two cards each to himself and the player. Two hands are dealt, one to the dealer and one to the player. If the player and dealer have hands of equal value, the round is a tie, and those who bet on a tie win, while bets on the player or banker are returned.
The value of each hand is calculated by removing the ten’s digit in a hand that is worth 11 or more. For example, a hand with a 7 and a 9 is worth 6, as 7+9=16, and 16-10=6. Similarly, any face card + 9 will be worth 9, as the face card (worth 10) will be subtracted by 10.
If either the player or dealer receives an initial hand worth 8 or 9 i.e. a ‘natural’ 8 or 9, a third card will not be dealt with either hand.
However, if the initial hand is worth 0-7, there is a ‘third card rule’ which determines if a third card will be dealt to either the player or the dealer, or to both. If the player’s hand is worth 0-5, the player draws a third card. If it is between 6-7, the player stands, and it comes down to the dealer’s hand. If the dealer’s hand totals 3-5, the dealer must draw, while if the dealer is also with a hand totalling either 6 or 7, then he will also stand, and thus whoever has a hand closer to 9 will win the round.
The RTP to a player in a game of live baccarat varies based on the hand, with a banker pair returning 89.64%, while a player bonus could return as high as 97.35%.