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Perfect Pairs (Version 2)


Version 2 of the Perfect Pair side bet wins if either the Player or Banker hand have an identical pair, in both rank and suit, in the first two cards. Unlike version 1, the win is greater of both the Player and Banker hands have a Perfect Pair. This bet can be found at Internet casinos using live dealer software by Evolution Gaming.


  1. Baccarat is generally played with eight decks, but sometimes six.
  2. The Perfect Pairs bet shall win if at least one hand, between the Player and Banker, form a "perfect pair" in the first two cards dealt to that hand. A "perfect pair" is two identical cards, in both rank and suit.
  3. If one, but not both, hands have a Perfect Pair, then the bet shall pay 25 to 1. If both hands form a Perfect Pair, then the bet shall pay 250 to 1.


The following table shows my analysis based on eight decks of cards. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.62%.

Perfect Pair (Version 2)

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Two perfect pairs 250 2,101,008 0.000285 0.071176
One perfect pair 25 244,747,776 0.033166 0.829138
No perfect pairs -1 7,132,734,336 0.966550 -0.966550
Total   7,379,583,120 1.000000 -0.066235

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