About Live Baccarat Lounge
For a long time Baccarat was known as a game for the gambling elite and only played in the most luxurious of casino settings. Live Baccarat Lounge gives all players the chance to enjoy this same experience, with the game streamed in high definition from a deluxe casino studio. As you play against the house, you will also have the chance to win extra payouts through a number of side bets, and chat to your fellow players and the dealer.
Live Baccarat Lounge Rules
Live Baccarat Lounge follows the standard rules of the game. Baccarat is played with eight decks of cards that are shuffled into a shoe. The dealer deals cards to two hand positions, Player and Banker, and you simply bet which of those hands will be closer to 9 when the round ends.
Therefore, there are just three basic Baccarat bets, Banker, Player and Tie. However, the game offers a large number of side bets.
The hand value is determined by the cards it contains. The number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face value, Aces are worth 1 and the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth ten. When calculating the value of a hand, if it is worth more than 10 then 10 is subtracted from the total, e.g. a hand of 18 is worth 8.
How a Round Works
Start the round by placing your chips on the Player, Banker or Tie position as well as on any side bet positions that you want to place. When the betting time is over, the Player Position and the Banker are dealt two face-up cards each.
The hand values are then evaluated but first, in some situations, a third card may be dealt to either position. If a position is a Natural (worth 8 or 9) then no more cards are dealt to it. If the Player position is worth 5 or less then a third card is dealt to it. If the Player position does not receive a third card, then the Banker position will do if it is worth 5 or less but will not if it is worth 6 or more.
If the Player position does receive a third card then the rules governing the Banker hand are as follows. If the Banker hand is worth 2 or less it receives a third card. If the Banker hand is worth 3 it receives a third card as long as the Player’s third card was not an 8. If the Banker hand is worth 5 then the Banker will receive a third card if the Player’s third card was a 4, 5, 6 or 7. If the Banker hand is worth 6 then it will receive a third card if Player’s third card was a 6 or 7. The Banker will not receive a third card if the position has a total of 7 or higher.
Once all cards have been dealt then you are paid for any winning bets.
The Player bet pays at 1:1, the Banker bet pays 0.95:1, and the Tie bet pays 8:1.
Features and Side Bets
If you make use of roadmaps to keep track of trends in the game then you will find many available in Live Baccarat Lounge including the Bead Road, the Big Road, the Big Eye Road, the Small Road and the Cockroach Road. These are displayed at the bottom of the screen and can be clicked on to enlarge.
There are a number of side bets available. The first category deals with pairs and the bets are Player Pair, Banker Pair, Either Pair and Perfect Pairs. The Player, Banker and Either Pair bets are on whether the first two cards dealt will form a pair in one of the positions. The Banker and Player Pair pay 11:1 while the either Pair pays 5:1. The Perfect Pairs bet pays if the first two Player of Banker cards form a pair of the same suit (such as two 5 of Diamonds) and it pays 25:1.
The next set of side bets are the Big and Small. The Big bet pays out if the total number of cards dealt between the Player and Banker positions is 5 or 6 and it pays 0.54:1. The Small bet pays out if the total number of cards dealt is 4 and it pays 1.5:1.
The third category is the Egalite Extra. This is a bet on the Player and Banker hands forming a Tie with a specific value. It pays out 150:1 for 0, 215:1 for 1, 220:1 for 2, 200:1 for 3, 120:1 for 4, 110:1 for 5, 45:1 for 6, 45:1 for 7, 80:1 for 8 and 80:1 for 9.