Baccarat is an exciting card game that was a featured plot device in the James Bond novel Casino Royale by Ian Flemming. It originated in Italy during the middle ages and derives its name from the Italian word for “zero”, because the face cards and Tens – which normally are high value cards in most games – are counted as zero in Baccarat
The real objective of both baccarat and mini-baccarat is to correctly guess which of the three possible outcomes will come up on the next round.
1. If you bet the player, the house edge is 1.36 percent;
2. if you bet the banker, the house advantage is only 1.17 percent;
3. and if you bet a tie, the house advantage is 14.4 percent. If the player and dealer hands end in a tie, and if you did not bet a tie, it’s a push (with no win or loss), and no chips change hands.
The game is played using a fixed set of rules for the player and the dealer, and these rules represent the best odds of winning for both the player and for the house. Calculations have been made that show the odds of the player winning are 44.62%, losing 45.85%, and 9.53% to tie. Thus it would seem to be to your advantage to bet on the house winning on every hand.
To even out the odds the house charges a commission (usually 5%) on winning player bets placed on the house.
Live Dealer Baccarat
Live Dealer Baccarat software is the most realistic gaming experience available on the Internet. Players can actually watch a real person dealing and shuffling the cards in real-time streaming video.
Betfair Zero Baccarat
A part of the Betfair “Zero Lounge” suite, this is a unique baccarat game with an extremely low house edge on the “banker” bet.
As mentioned above, the casino edge on the banker bet is created by exacting a 5% commission on winning banker bets; without this, the banker bet would have an advantage of 1.3% and the casino would lose money.
The Betfair game charges substantially reduced commission, ranging from 2.76% to 2.8%.The house edge on the “player” bet is the same as it is in any baccarat game: 1.23%. The change is on the banker bet. Don’t make the mistake of wagering on player.
Other Baccarat Tables
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