Like online baccarat, Live Baccarat is simple to play. You have three choices in a classic game: bet on the Banker, the Player, or a Tie. The tie rarely happens but is an 8/1 shot. If you bet on the Banker, the casino normally takes a 5% commission but some casinos spread ‘No Commission’ Baccarat.
In most cases, it’s good to bet on the Banker as they act second and have strict third-card rules when playing their hand. Because of the extra information the Banker has, the house edge of a Banker win is just 1.06% compared to 1.24% for the Player. A Tie bet has a whopping 14.35% house edge.
Making Bets: When you take a seat at a Live Baccarat table, you’ll see your username on the table on-screen. The human dealer will prompt you when it’s your turn to bet. Drag your chips to the area you want to bet on.
Once all bets are down, the cards will be dealt. Specially-barcoded cards will be picked up by the camera and displayed on-screen. The computer will keep track of dealt cards, and pay out winnings once a hand has been dealt. All used cards go into a separate shoe, and usually 7-8 decks are used.
Player Bet: Pays 1/1 (even money)
Banker Bet: 19/20 (commission deducted)
Tie: Pays 8/1
Game History: With this tab you can view the stats on who has won the last hand or hands, and see how much is being gambled on the Player, Banker, or Tie on each hand. Baccarat ‘roadmaps’ like The Big Road, the Cockroach Road, and the Big Eye Boy essentially show players any trends happening as the cards are dealt from the shoe (although the game is essentially random, like most casino games).
Chatbox: If you need advice, or you just want to chat, you can speak to the dealer or other players via the on-screen chatbox. Most games have English-speaking croupiers who will be able to help you if you’re unsure of the gameplay.
Camera Angles: In some formats of Live Baccarat, it’s possible to change the camera angle and settings. Playtech’s Prestige Baccarat allows you to custom your table cloth and backdrop before playing. You can also choose from various camera positions for a more immersive experience.
The ‘Squeeze’: In most casino Baccarat games, the Banker’s and Player’s cards are dealt face up. However, in some land-based Asian casinos the cards are dealt face down. Players are allowed a “squeeze”, revealing the cards slowly to give them a “peek”. This adds to the tension and is good for some superstitious gamblers. In some online variants of Live Baccarat, this squeeze is also featured – the dealer will handle the action.