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Live Baccarat Dealer
I think every Live Dealer studio offers at least one baccarat game. Many offer multiple tables. Often the only thing separating one game from another is the dealer. Other times, some games may offer commission-free rules, different side bets, or the chance to take insurance in some mid-state situations. I've tried to briefly explain the options available the Live Dealer studios I'm aware of.
First some words of terminology:
- Super 6 — This is the commission-free version of baccarat where a winning Banker bet with a total of six is a push. In other parts of this site, I refer to this rule as the Nepal variant. As a warning, the house edge on the Banker bet in Super 6 Baccarat is 1.46%, which is considerably higher than the 1.06% in conventional baccarat.
- Insurance Baccarat — In this variant, the player can sometimes take insurance in the middle of the hand. This is typically done as a hedge on a likely winning Player bet.
- Perfect Pairs — This side bet wins if the initial two-card Player or Banker hand are an exact match (in both rank and suit).
My advice in baccarat is simple, stick to the Player and Banker bets only, preferably the Banker. Every other bet is a sucker bet. Here is a quick review of the house edge of the major bets and some common side bets in Live Dealer baccarat. All house edge figures assume eight decks.
- Player: 1.24%
- Banker: 1.06% in conventional baccarat and 1.46% in Super 6.
- Tie: At the usual win of 8 to 1, the house edge is 14.36%
- Perfect Pairs: At the usual win of 25 to 1, the house edge is 13.03%.
- Player/Banker Pair: At the usual win of 11 to 1, the house edge is 10.36%.
- Either Pair: At the usual win of 5 to 1, the house edge is 13.71%.
If you didn't see a bet on the list above, please check my page of baccarat side bets.
Oriental Game offers a standard baccarat game with the five standard bets.
Written by: Michael Shackleford