How to Play Baccarat at G2E 2019
Baccarat (pronounced bah-kah-rah) is that enigmatic card game that you see in movies, where high rollers play in luxurious casinos. The game exudes elegance, and while it may seem intimidating, it’s actually as simple to learn as betting on a coin flip. What’s more, its house edge is one of the lowest in the casino, making it a popular choice for players.
While baccarat is not as popular as blackjack, it is still played by many people. The game has a lower house edge than most other casino games, and there is only a small difference between the odds on the player hand and the banker hand. A third bet, on the tie, is available, but it has a much higher house edge and is more difficult to win.
To begin, the dealer deals out two cards to the player’s space and the banker’s space. No matter how many players are at the table, there are only two spaces and two hands. If the first two cards equal 8 or 9, this is called a “natural” and the hand wins, all bets are paid out. The dealer follows a set of rules to determine when a third card is drawn and how the hand is scored.
When a player or banker hand totals eight or nine, the player and banker bets pay out 9 to 1. The third bet on the tie pays out at 8 to 1, and the wager on the pair pays out at one to eleven. The ‘house edge’ on the player and banker bets is lower than most other casino games, which can lead to large profits for those who know the rules.
The house edge on the banker and player bets is determined by how much money you are willing to place on each hand and a series of rules that dictate when a third card will be dealt. While the rules vary from casino to casino, there are some common underlying principles. Unlike in blackjack, where the odds on a particular hand will fluctuate throughout the course of the game, the rules for a given hand are set once and for all.
During G2E 2019, AGS introduced Bonus Spin Xtreme, a second-generation progressive that can link all table games in a casino and offer a single shared jackpot. The system can also track all wagers made on the baccarat table, including bets placed in separate betting areas. This can help operators better understand the performance of individual tables and the overall impact of their offerings. The technology will be deployed in select AGS-operated casinos this year. This will be the first time the company has used this type of progressive in a live environment. The system will be integrated with the casino’s existing VIP management software.