All the casino games offered at River Belle Ireland are, in a word, superior. Not to blow our own horn too loudly, but our online slots, Roulette, Blackjack and other offerings are perfectly executed. Baccarat is part of these high standards, and the live versions will impress and engage you.
A Few Baccarat Basics
Known as Baccara in Italian, this card game is unique in that neither the player nor the dealer can do anything in response to the cards that are dealt. There are 2 hands, called the Player and Banker, or Punto and Banco in Italian, but these are simply the names they have been given.
Your strategy comes into play in the bets that you make. Baccarat is considered one of the most elegant and refined games at casinos online or on land, and the wager you’ll be placing is on what the outcome of the game will be – will the Player or Banker hand total be higher, or will they tie?
After you place your bet, 2 cards are dealt to each hand and are then added together. Aces count as 1, face cards as 0 and number cards as whatever their face value is. The total is determined, and then the 10-value placeholder is dropped. That means that a hand with a 7 and a 5 is worth 2, not 12.
The game’s scoring system means that the highest possible hand total, called a Natural, is 9. This wins the game automatically, and if there is no Natural, the hands are compared and may each get a third card depending on the circumstances. Don’t worry about remembering this at our online casino though; your dealer knows!
Successfully betting on either hand gets you a 1:1 return, less 5% commission in the case of a Punto win to counteract the slightly better odds. If you bet on a tie and this is indeed what happens, you get an incredible 8:1 return.
Why Our Live Baccarat is So Fantastic
There are so many reasons to recommend these live casino games! First and foremost, you get to engage with professional dealers and fellow players (if you activate the live chat function) so things are more social, realistic and informative – you can discuss your bets with everyone.
The sumptuous settings also put you in mind of a glamourous casino as soon as you start playing, which is only fitting when you’re playing the favourite gambling pursuit of James Bond himself. In addition to all this, you can place several side bets to win a lot more, and create more excitement as you anticipate possible payouts.
Customise your game by choosing how you want your results to be displayed, and opt for the Multi- camera or Speed games when you want to be even deeper into the action or want to maximise the games you play in minimal time.
You can even choose to watch or perform the famous Baccarat Squeeze, the high-drama moment when the deck is squeezed to reveal the final, game-determining card. If you’re ready to enjoy all of this (and who wouldn’t be?) play the games in our live casino section now.