So you’ve decided to play Baccarat, have you? Well then, you’ve come to the right place, because this original version of the casino game from Microgaming is the best place to start. Sure, you could label the graphics classic and it might ooze the same atmosphere as Live Baccarat, but it’s the perfect game to build up your skills, and get a further understanding of the game.
Pros & Cons
- Great introduction to the game.
- Easy to understand.
- Good percentages.
- Graphics are dated.
- No autoplay options.
- Takes a while to get used to the game (but most games do!)
How to Play
If you want to dress up as James Bond (or, for online slots fans, Agent Jane Blonde for that matter), then go ahead. After all, Baccarat is 007’s favourite game. Once you’ve done that and got ready to play, you’ll see the table in front of you. At the top of the screen you’ll see the chips all lined up and a deck of cards on either side. You, the player, will have a position on the left of the screen, while the Banker plays on the right. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a selection of buttons.
This includes the Add Bet and Remove Bet buttons which does what it says on the tin. Then you have Tie, Player and Banker, which are used for you to place your bet on. You have to place a bet either on yours or the Banker’s hands before the cards are dealt. The cards are then dealt out and this is where the Microgaming software comes into play, determining whether or not a third card is needed. If and when it does, you’ll know whether you win or lose.
Baccarat is played with just one deck, so the house edge is lower on the Banker’s bet. When it comes to your betting, you can bet a minimum of ten credits or a maximum of 500. Sure, it might not be the largest amount or offer the same payouts as modern top online slots, but if you’re going for a Baccarat refresher or are new to the game then this is a good amount to get going with. The odds for getting a tie pay out at 8:1, while the Player and Banker wins are 1:1. However, if you bet on the Banker you will lose a house percentage. Fun fact for you, this is called Noel’s Edge in the showbiz world. Bond would know.
As a basic introduction to Baccarat, it stands to reason there are no whimsical bonuses to be found. But the fact it’s a great way to practise the game is a bonus in itself, right? All is not lost though, just try the live dealer version if you’re after Multipliers or higher payouts. But brush up here first.