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Live Casino Baccarat Online
The long-established game of baccarat has a strong following at the online casino but now, there is a way to add to the excitement. The live casino halls have come online and, along with blackjack and roulette, online baccarat is one of the most popular games here.
We house a wide range of baccarat live tables for players of all experience levels. Baccarat is a wildly exciting game that pushes your judgement to the max. Learn how to play baccarat, when best to make your moves and more intricacies of the game with Unibet.
And remember, you don’t have to be an expert to play baccarat online. Here at Unibet we’re on hand every step of the way to provide explanations, advice and guides on how to play baccarat. So why not give it a go today?
What is baccarat - the basics explained
Baccarat is a card game played between the player and the dealer. It is one of the most basic card games in the world and also hugely popular because of its simplicity. Your task is to bet on whether your hand (the Player) or the dealer’s hand (the Banker) will win in a straight draw. You can also bet on the Tie.
When you play baccarat online you’ll sit around a table when joining a game in the Unibet Casino, so there will likely be other players around you too! You can chat to other players and enjoy the luxurious setting of our live casinos whenever you like!
Be sure to explore the full Unibet suite for our various versions of live baccarat in order to find the game that is right for you or maybe even try our live blackjack or live roulette games.
How to play baccarat with Unibet
The rules of baccarat may seem complicated at first but in reality they are very straightforward. The most popular version is called Punto Banco, where both the Player and the Banker are drawn two cards each.
The aim is to get a total hand value as close to 9 as possible. Number cards possess their stated value, while 10, J, Q and K are worth 0. That’s because, in baccarat, when your total goes into double digits you delete the left-hand digit.
Therefore, if you are drawn a hand of 5 Hearts and 7 Diamonds, your hand value is the summation of the cards, 12, with the left digit subtracted. Your true hand value is 2.
The aim of baccarat is to get the closest hand to 9 in order to win against the Dealer. If you have a low value after two cards - such as 2, 3 or 4 - you will be given a third card to try and make up closer to 9.
Each Player hand value in baccarat leads to an action:
Hand value of 0-5 = Player must draw third card
Hand value of 6-7 = Player must stand
Hand value of 8-9 = A ‘natural’ and both hands must stand
Each Banker hand value also leads to an action:
Hand value of 0-2 = Banker must draw third card
Hand value of 3-6 = Depends on player’s third card
Hand value of 7 = Banker must stand
Hand value of 8-9 = A ‘natural’ and both hands must stand
Once the Player has played their hand, the Banker plays theirs. When both hands stand, the game is over. If the game ends with both hands equal, it’s a tie!
Best features in baccarat
The best thing about baccarat is you don’t have to bet on yourself. In fact, betting on Player is not obligatory! You can bet on the Banker winning the hand, while you can also bet on a Tie.
Betting on outcomes other than the Player is possible because there is no actual skill to baccarat. The rules of the game play out depending on the cards on the table, so you’ve got to trust your luck here! Most online casinos offer the Banker bet as the lowest casino advantage in baccarat.
Live Dealer Baccarat or Virtual Baccarat?
It’s not always that easy to find a baccarat casino that offers a chance to play with live dealers but happily, that’s not the case here. The option remains to play a virtual version with computerised cards and a robotic dealer and that’s good because many players prefer the traditional way to play baccarat online.
For other casino players, it’s all about finding an experience that takes them out of their homes and onto the tables at glamorous locations across the world. The live baccarat game won’t literally transport you to Las Vegas but it can provide you with the next best thing.
How live Baccarat Works at Unibet Online Casino
It’s quite a simple concept that development in casino software has allowed us to deliver. Players log on to their account and head to the live tables instead of the virtual rooms. Waiting on the other side are professional, real life dealers, and all the other physical necessities including the table, deck of cards and the shoe.
The dealer acts as the banker and, in real time, they will deal the cards and effectively act as your opponent. Check out the next section for how to play baccarat online but, as far as the process is concerned, it’s really very simple. Just log on, head to the live tables and the baccarat game is waiting.
Get to know the game
Like blackjack, those that play baccarat online are looking to hit a certain number. With blackjack, that number is 21 but with baccarat, we’re aiming to get as close as possible to nine.
The standard baccarat game features a regular deck of cards which are dealt from a flat, wooden device known as a pallet or a shoe. Two cards are initially dealt and it’s important to understand the value of each card. The numbers between two and nine are worth their face value while aces are worth one point. Tens and picture cards have no score but that certainly doesn’t mean they are worthless as a nine and a picture will see the player hit that optimum score of nine.
The rules of online baccarat take a little getting used to but fortunately, Unibet published a full guide. Take some time to understand them before committing to a baccarat casino game using real money.
The choice in terms of style of play, is down to the individual but isn’t it better to get on the tables, face to face with a real life banker rather than battle it out against a machine? Next time you play baccarat, give the live version a try and enjoy an experience as close to a real-life casino as you could possibly imagine.