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How to Play Speed Baccarat

How to Play Speed Baccarat

10/2/2019

Baccarat is a well-known and loved card game that gathers a crowd at any casino. It’s a simple card game with a reasonable skill set, allowing players with limited experience to play with the big-shots. All you need to play is know the game’s main objective: betting on which of the two hands, yours or the banker’s, will have a value closer to 9 than the other.

The Speed Baccarat live game here on Bitcasino.io takes the standard Baccarat live game and quickens the pace to fill every round with suspense, blood-pumping anticipation, and constant thrills. It takes away the delay and allows for faster bets and even faster wins. 

What to Expect 

When you open the game for the first time, you’ll be greeted by an interface with the available bets at the bottom and various other details placed around the game. The game number is available on the upper right, telling you when the game round started so you know how long it’s been going on. 

There is also a live chat and support chat if you want to converse with your other fellow players or if you need technical help ASAP. At the top left are the minimum and maximum bets you can bet with.

On the bottom left and right are the scorecards. Two of the main ones are Bead Road and Big Road. The Bead Road displays the simplified version of the round history. Each bead shows you the outcome of the previous rounds in chronological order, changing colour depending on the outcome (player, banker, tie). The Big Road is better for gauging win probabilities because it shows you, in columns, the past winning streaks for both the player and banker.


Game Rules: How to Play (Speed) Baccarat

The total cards or ‘shoe’ that the banker uses is made up of 8 standard 52-card decks. The Aces count as 1 while the 10, Jack, Queen, and King cards count as 0. In order from lowest to greatest, the cards are valued as follows: 10/Jack/Queen/King-Ace-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.

When you’re ready to bet, just click on whichever of the available bets you’d like to try your luck on. The standard bets are the Player, Banker, and Tie. 

The Player and Banker bets’ odds are 1 to 1 but the Banker takes a 5% commission, so the total payout for Banker bets is 0.95 to 1. The Tie bet pays out 8 to 1 and all other bets are ‘pushed’ or returned.

There is only a short time to vote in the Speed Baccarat live game because of its innate quick nature. Once betting is closed, the banker will draw two cards for both you and themselves that then forms your initial two-card hands. Depending on your combination of cards, there are different rules that take effect. 

For example, if you add your two cards and go over 9 and end up with 10 or above, only the last digit is counted. This means that getting a 17 only gives you a 7 and getting a 20 gives you a 0.

Another rule is that if you, the player, have an initial total of 0 to 5, you will be dealt a third card. Getting a 6 to 9 forces you to stand and be unable to take any more cards. Additionally, if you get an 8 or 9, this is what’s called a ‘natural’, meaning that you no matter what the banker’s hand value is, whether it be a 0 or 3, they cannot get a 3rd card.

There are specific rules and instances when the Banker is allowed to draw a third card and they can all be viewed in the game’s help menu at the upper right of the game’s interface.


Side Bets

To add some spice to the gameplay, the Speed Baccarat live game uses several side bets for players to bet on in addition to the standard bets. This helps keep the game fresh and exciting without limiting the players too much or giving them too many options. They can all be found around the standard bets on the interface with smaller buttons and displayed odds.

The side bets available are the Player Pair (Odds: 11 to 1), Banker Pair (Odds: 11 to 1), Either Pair (Odds: 5 to 1), Perfect Pair (Odds: 25 to 1, or 200 to 1), Player Bonus (Odds: 1 to 1, to 30 to 1), and Banker Bonus (Odds: 1 to 1, to 30 to 1).

Pair Side Bets

The Player and Banker Pair bets win if their respective participant has a pair in their initial two cards. The Either Pair bet wins if either the player or the banker has a pair, making it much easier and more common. 

The Perfect Pair bet can win in two ways. If either the player or the banker has a perfect pair (same card, same suit) in their initially drawn cards, they win. The odds are increased to 200 to 1 if both have a perfect pair.

Bonus Bets

The Player and Banker Bonus bets are won if their respective participant immediately wins with a ‘natural’ or if their ending total is at least 4 values greater than the other. Depending on the hand combination, the odds are also adjusted.

Conclusion

You can never go wrong with the classics, especially when you can play each round and potentially win as quick as a snap of the fingers. Evolution Gaming continues to provide players with great avenues to play the classic card games everyone’s come to know and love. 

This guide is here to help anyone, even you, in understanding the basic mechanics of Baccarat and Evolution’s exclusive Speed Baccarat variant. For some standard Baccarat gameplay, check out their classic Baccarat live game and for something with a little more Oriental spice, Dragon Tiger is right up your alley.


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