Baccarat is known as the most sophisticated card game, elegant in its simplicity, and the favourite gambling pastime of James Bond. Our versions of the game will make you feel like a high roller while you play in your own home, or wherever you are when you use our mobile platform. Euro Palace, with our smooth functionality and superb graphics, brings the Punto Banco format of Baccarat vividly to life.
In Punto Banco there are 2 hands; the Punto (or Player) and Banco (or Banker) hand. Unlike all other card games, in Baccarat you cannot make any moves based on the cards you are dealt. Similar to what happens with Roulette, your strategy needs to be based on the bets that you place. In this case, you’ll be wagering on whether the Player or Banker hand will have a higher total, or if there will be a tie.
Once you’ve placed your bet, the 2 hands are each dealt 2 cards. Aces are worth 1, number cards from 2 to 9 are worth their stated value, and 10s and royal cards are worth 0. Hands are totalled by adding the 2 cards together, and then dropping the 10-value placeholder. A 9 and a 3 would give you a hand of 2 rather than 12, for example.
This means that the highest possible hand in a Baccarat game is 9; it is called a Natural and wins automatically. When neither hand totals a 9, the Punto hand must Hit when it totals 5 or less, and the Banker hand if it adds up to anything less than 3. The hand with the highest total wins, and if you correctly backed the Player hand you get a 1:1 payout.
You win the same if you backed the Banker hand and it was higher, less 5%. Wagering on and landing a tie gets you an incredible 8:1 return, but be warned; the risk is as high as the payout in this case and the steep house edge sits at over 14%.
The game of Punto Banco might seem very simple, but it takes time to get accustomed to it and to start winning the payouts you deserve. At Euro Palace we always recommend that you don’t start with tie bets as, tempting as they are, their odds mean they don’t usually win. We also suggest starting with smaller wagers, and building up to larger sums as you grow more confident.
The best way to build up your strategy and skills is to play the game as often as possible, and our no-deposit options allow you to do that. The only thing you’re investing in the free-play games is your time. You’ll enjoy yourself, and can try out any new tactics without risking any of your hard-earned cash! These games are also perfect if you want to relax with no risk, but still enjoy the finest online Baccarat available in Canada!