Baccarat (Realtime Gaming)

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Often, casino software companies put too many bells and whistles on their games. You can understand why – there is a hell of a lot of competition out there. So here, it is kind of nice that RTG have just created a baccarat game that … well … plays baccarat.

The only bonus with this game is the 9-1 payout for a tie. This is an improvement on the 8-1 payout offered by most other online baccarat games. Six decks are used in the game, and they are re-shuffled around two thirds of the way down the shoe.

The game starts with your choice of the hand to bet on – banker, player, or a tie. You can bet on any combination of all three, although betting on the banker and the player at the same time is a guaranteed loser in the long run. Chip values run from 1 to 500. Select your nomination and click on the table to place your bet.

Click 'deal' to set the dealer off. Graphics are basic but functional. The dealing of the cards is a little too fast, so there's hardly any tension when third cards come into play, as the deal is over in three seconds. There is no option to slow down the game.

Player and banker bets pay evens if successful, although winning bets on the banker come with the typical five percent commission. As mentioned above, a tie pays 9-1.

The only other aspect of this game is the history tab on the left hand side, which shows you the outcome of the previous twenty-two hands.

The house edge in this game is 1.06 percent (banker), 1.24 percent (players) and 4.93 percent (tie).

A baccarat game for baccarat players. There are other versions of baccarat available with better graphics and distracting side bets, but this game is nicely authentic and has a decent (although still disadvantageous) 9-1 payout for a tie. That's really all that can be said.

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