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Effective Baccarat Tips And Busted Myths About The Popular Game

 
Baccarat is among the gambling games that has drawn the attention of numerous statistics enthusiasts through its intriguing nature. To sum up the game, it suffices to say that Baccarat is simple to comprehend but difficult to master. It comes as no surprise that nowadays you can see numerous unbeatable strategy guides on the internet that promise to provide you a foolproof approach, suitable in every situation. What is even more aggravating is that these expensive guides are by no means proficient and in my honest opinion, constitute an excellent way to throw money out the window.

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Lucky Draw Baccarat

deck-and-chipsBaccarat is among the oldest games played in casinos all over the world. It is a game that was popular in France before making it to casinos worldwide, but it is said to have originated in Italy. It has many variants, with the same basic rules – face cards are worth 0 points, aces are worth 1 point and the rest of the cards are worth pip value. The goal of the game is to reach a hand of 9 points, or at least with a value closer to 9 as the banker has. A simple, yet highly entertaining game that has not changed too much in the last decades.

A new version of Baccarat has been spotted in land-based casinos recently, called Lucky Draw Baccarat. The game is a proprietary version of the classic baccarat offered by TCS John Huxley, a casino solutions provider for land based gambling businesses worldwide. It is a combination of classic baccarat with some elements likely to have been borrowed from blackjack. It retains the card values from the classic game, but it has some spins on how the payouts are made. Also, unlike in the classic game, Lucky Draw Baccarat is played against the house, without the opportunity to bet on the bank’s hand.

Lucky Draw Baccarat is played with eight standard 52 card decks. The rules of the game are a bit more complex compared to the classic Baccarat game, but they are easy to learn. Here is what a game of Lucky Draw Baccarat is played:

  • the player is required to place an Enter-Bet, and has the opportunity to also place a Block Bonus side bet at the same time
  • the dealer deals two cards to each player face up, and one card face up and another one face down for himself
  • at this point the player can stand with the current hand value, or ask for an additional card by placing a Draw-Bet equal to the Enter-Bet
  • when all players are served, the dealer reveals his concealed card. If the dealer’s hand has a value of 4 or less the dealer can draw another card. At five points or higher the dealer must stand.
  • the hands are compared:
    • If the dealer’s total is higher than the player’s total, the house wins
    • if the hand values are equal all bets except the Block Bonus bet are push
    • if the player’s total is higher, the Enter-Bet pays 1 to 1, and the Draw-Bet pays according to the DrawWin paytable the payouts can be up to 3 to 1, depending on the option chosen by the house)

The Block Bonus pays out up to 35 to 1 in the following conditions:

  • Ultimate Block – Two cards the same rank, higher and both of them are the same suit as the dealer’s first card (35 to 1)
  • Pair Block – Two cards the same rank, higher and one of them is the same suit as the dealer’s first card. (10 to 1)
  • Flush Block – Two cards the same suit and one/both cards are higher and in the same suit as the dealer’s first card. (5 to 1)
  • Normal Block – One card higher and in the same suit as the dealer’s first card. (2 to 1)

The Lucky Draw Baccarat is only available at land-based online casinos at this time, but it will surely be adapted to the online casino market soon enough.

Baccarat Strategy, Myth Or Possibility?

As with any form of casino games, including poker, blackjack and roulette, the player is always looking for a strategy to increase their chances of winning. Many experienced Baccarat players feel that any mention of a strategy is purely based on myth and rightly so. We will look over some of the more common proclaimed strategies in an attempt to come to a concrete conclusion on the Baccarat strategy myth.

The Scorecard
Almost every casino will hand out a scorecard to every player at the table. Players can be spotted keeping track of the outcome of each hand in an attempt to spot patterns in order to take advantage of a streak. The casinos encourage this behavior simply because they know it has no bearing on the outcome of the game. Following a supposed pattern in Baccarat is as fruitless as it is with Roulette. Each hand plays independent of the last but this does not stop betters from believing they have found a betting edge by following trends. It is in your best interest to abstain from this habit as it has no outcome on the cards being dealt and will not provide you with any sort of edge.

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Baccarat Rules: Learn How To Play The Game Right

Along with Roulette, Baccarat is one of the easiest casinos games to play. The most important thing you need to know is whether you are betting on the Player, on the Bank or on Tie. Betting on Tie is not really recommended because it decreases your winning chances. Baccarat is a game of chance, all you have to decide is which hand you think will win. Making yourself familiar with the basic rules will help you understand the play on the baccarat table and will make the game more fun for you to play.

Seat position is not important in Baccarat like it would be in Blackjack as you are not playing against other player or the house, the only concern you have are the cards. Do not let the amounts the other players may bet distract you, it is of no importance to you.

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