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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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A Step Forward Towards Baccarat Evolution: Lucky Draw

luckydrawbaccaratCasino games are still evolving as we speak. Even classics like baccarat are being improved – although fans of the game might think it does not need improvements at all. This continuous search for improving the games, making them more attractive – and possibly more lucrative – has led to the development of Lucky Draw Baccarat, a proprietary version of the classic game devised by Stephen Au-Yeung, the person responsible for Caribbean Hold’em. The game is only available at land-based casinos in the UK and Australia for the time being, but it will surely make it to online outlets in a short time. Better be prepared and know the rules.

Lucky Draw Baccarat is very much like to the original game, but it has some elements similar to blackjack. First of all, it is played against the house – in the original Baccarat game players could take turns to be the banker. Besides, there have been changes in the way the players bet, and bonus payouts have been included.

Let’s take a look at how a game of Lucky Draw Baccarat is played:

To participate in the game, the player is required to make an Enter bet. At the same time the player also has the possibility to place a Block Bonus side bet, which pays out based on the player’s and dealer’s hands – more on this later. After the bets are placed, the dealer deals two cards facing up for each participating player, followed by two cards for the house – one facing up, and one facing down. The hand value is calculated just like in a normal game of baccarat – face cards and tens are worth zero points, aces are worth one point, and the rest of the cards are calculated at pip value. The player may stand with the current hand, or draw one additional card by placing a Draw bet, equal to the Enter bet. When all players have acted, the dealer reveal the second card for the house. If the dealer’s hand has a value of 4 or below, the dealer can draw an additional card. If the dealer has five points or more in hand, the house must stand.

As in the original game of Baccarat, the goal of the game is to have a hand with a value as close to 9 as possible. When all players are done, and the dealer has also finished, the hands are compared. The possible outcomes are:

  • if the dealer’s total is higher than the player’s total, the player loses the Enter bet and the Draw bet (if any)
  • if the two hands are equal in value, both the Enter bet and the Draw bet are push
  • if the player’s total is higher than the dealer’s total, the Enter bet pays 1 to 1, and the Draw bet pays out by the applicable pay table (there are two versions, with payouts depending on the table rules)

The Block Bonus side bet pays out in certain situations only, as follows:

  • Ultimate Block – Two cards of the same rank, higher and both the same suit as the dealer’s first card (35 to 1)
  • Pair Block – Two cards the same rank, higher and one 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)

As I said above, the game is still only available in selected land-based casinos in the UK and Australia, but it will likely find its way to online casinos as well. Keep an eye out for it – it sounds like an exciting twist on the classic baccarat.

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 Variations

Did you know that Baccarat is James Bond’s favorite casino game? Neither did I, but apparently it’s true! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to discover if it is traditional baccarat that 007 likes or if it is one of the many variations. Anyway; just so that every-one is aware of the types of baccarat in existence and on offer, here’s a brief overview of some of the variations:

Mini Baccarat

This is the most commonly found form of Baccarat in American Casinos and online casinos; it is very similar to traditional baccarat but with lower limits to enable wider accessibility. Other variations include: a smaller table, only the dealer handles the shoe, and the table is worked by one dealer only.

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