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Online Baccarat Defined

Online baccarat at Golden Riviera Casino brings the classic Internet table game. to the comfort of both Canadian and global players' homes alike. The baccarat game is a gambling card game that originated in France. Over time baccarat games have been one of the most popular games played in the casino world. It is a game where players hold either two or three card hands. A baccarat winning hand is the highest remaining card value after the face value is divided by ten. There are three popular variants of the game which include; Punto Banco, Baccarat Chemin de Fer, and Baccarat Banque. Since the introduction of the online version, the game has become even more popular.

The classics of online baccarat are never ending, especially when it is the first choice of game for the most glamourous gambler of them all, James Bond himself! The objective of online baccarat at Golden Riviera Casino is to calculate the value of two or three cards to form one hand and achieve a total of nine or its closest number. The casino game is played against the ‘banker’ (or in this case the casino software). Online Baccarat is a card comparing game, much like Blackjack. However, it does not require the element of skill that blackjack does.

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History of Baccarat

Baccarat is one the earliest recorded casino games, dating back to its inception in the middle ages. With a history that dates back almost 600 years, it still remains hugely popular for all big-spenders at every online casino.

Tracing its name back to its origins, the first baccarat game was most likely played in Italy using a deck of tarot cards. Its inventor was an Italian gambler by the name of Felix Falguierein. The casino game quickly became popular in France before making its way to Las Vegas casinos during the 1950’s.

How to play Baccarat at Golden Riviera Casino

Online baccarat is fast becoming a Canadian favourite as an online casino game. Baccarat online brings all the action, strategy and suspense that this popular table game offers right to your hands. In the security of your private living room, you can play baccarat like never before. The aim of online baccarat is to gain a hand of two to three cards with a total closest to or the exact value of nine. Since baccarat made its online debut, its popularity has sky-rocketed. This has made way for additional popular variants like Baccarat Chemin de Fer, Baccarat Banque and Punto Banco.

The Player's hand

First, the player's hand is shown, then the banker's. Any total between six and nine, and the player stands, no more cards are drawn. If the player's total is between eight and nine, this means a natural is called, and the player is an automatic winner. If the player and banker have the same hands, a tie is drawn. If the player has an eight or nine and the banker has a nine, the banker will win. However, if the player has a nine and the banker an eight, the player will win.

If the player's first two cards add to a total of six, seven, eight, or nine, the player will stand. However, if the player's first two cards add up a total of five or less, they will hit and receive another card. Their play will then end.

The Banker's hand

If the banker's first two cards add up to a total of seven, eight, or nine, they will stand. The banker will hit if their cards add up to zero, one, two, and three. An exception is applied when the banker has a total of three and the player a total of eight. The banker can hit up to a total of four, five and six cards, depending on the player's total. The banker will hit with a;

  • Four against a player with a total between two and seven
  • Five against a player with a total between four and seven
  • Six against a player with a total between six and seven

Baccarat Card Values

The highest hand value in the baccarat game is 9. This hand is considered as a natural hand if it is achieved with only two cards. In baccarat cards between the value of 2 and 9 maintain their face value. While 10 cards along with the Jack, King, and Queen cards are considered, have zero value. Ace cards are worth 1 point.

One of the greatest challenges facing players is understanding how the highest hand value can be 9 when the cards have such little value. There is no single strategy to optimise a player’s winning opportunity when they play baccarat. This is simply because players do not make any decisions which may have an impact on the actual hand value dealt.

Each format of online baccarat is the sample, with one simple difference- how the cards are dealt.

Baccarat Game Rules

  • Depending on the baccarat variant, baccarat online is played from either a six-deck or eight-decks of cards.
  • Any face card or 10 is valued at zero.
  • Aces are valued at one.
  • Any hand that totals into any double digits will drop the left digit. For example, a total of 14 or 24 would only count as a 4.

Baccarat Game strategy

Baccarat online has limited opportunities for players to influence the outcome of the game. The game relies largely on placing blind bets on one of three outcomes. These three outcomes involve wagering bets on either the banker, player or a tie. The best strategy would be to bet on the tie of the outcome and vary the intensity of your betting on each. So, when the player loses to the banker, immediately bet on the banker until the banker loses to the player.

Baccarat Table

The online baccarat table is no different to any of its land-based casino counterparts.

  • The table is split into two ends, so that the dealers can be located on either end.
  • Each end will take care of their side.
  • Opposite to where the dealer is situated, the table will be marker ‘players’ and bankers’. This is where the caller is situated, who will place cards on the labels.
  • Take note that baccarat excludes the number 13 for superstitious reasons.