Live and Online Baccarat
Slots LV does has online and live dealer baccarat games. In addition, to real money games and bonuses, the online baccarat game can also be played for free in practice mode, with no registration or download needed.
I usually prefer playing casino games on a big screen from a laptop, desktop or even a tablet. But you can also play them on mobile iPhones and Android devices. Either way, you get 24/7 access where ever and when ever you have an internet connection.
At Slots LV you can use the easy game search feature at the top of the main screen to find all three baccarat games options.
The first game choice you will see is a standard baccarat game. It has cool blue game screen with minimal visual distractions. Even though baccarat is basically an easy game to play, this games does include some simple yet handy visual ‘how to play’ screens as shown below.
1. Baccarat Table Game
In addition to the basic visual help screens from the ‘quick tour’, you can also get more information from the games help screen. There you will find out the specifics of this game and discover crucial game details as as well as more generalized tips such as below.
- $1 minimum bet
- $500 maximum bet
- Player and Banker bet wins payout at 1 to 1
- There are only 3 bet choices – player, banker and tie
- banker bet wins have a 5% commission
- Tie bet wins pays out at 9 to 1
- Player and Banker bets are a ‘push’ on tie hands
- 6 decks are used
- Games are reshuffled after every hand (this makes card counting impractical)
- The ‘Player Third Card’ chart is a review if you are confused on the rules for getting added cards.
This game is available for play with bonuses and does accrue rewards points.
2. Classic Baccarat
I actually prefer the ‘classic baccarat’ game version because it gives you a better visual game as well as a quick display of the win, loss and commission result after every game. This game is offered by a different game provider than the other two. However, it follow the same rules and gives out the same payout as the other online baccarat game shown above.
This game is also available for play with bonuses and does accrue rewards points.
3. Live Dealer Baccarat
To play Live Dealer Baccarat at Slots Lv and other online casinos, you need to register as a player and deposit funds.
In addition to live dealer baccarat, you can also play Live Blackjack, Live European Roulette, Live Super 6 and Live American Roulette. You should also be aware live dealer games are not eligible to played with bonuses and they do not accumulate rewards points (more about that later). But that is a small trade-off for the advantages of live dealer games!
Getting to the live dealer games is easy. Simply click on the baccarat game to access this interim screen. This is where you have the opportunity to find basic information on this baccarat game. Click on the ‘full description’ link to discover some very important information as recapped below.
- This is an eight deck shoe.
- Tie bets are paid at 8 to 1
- The probability of a tie hand is 9.51%
- The bankers hand has a 45.85% probability to win
- The players hand has a 44.62% probability to win
- This game includes a Dragon Bonus side bet.
Dealers and Betting Limits
After you click on ‘real play’ you are directed to another interim screen where you can browse though all the live dealer games.
At this time you are shown the available live dealers along with betting limits options. All of the tables have the same rules, the betting limits are the only difference.
- $5 minimum to $100 Maximum
- $25 minimum to $1,000 Maximum
- $100 minimum to $2,500 Maximum
Choose your dealer and your betting limits with one click.
After you browse around the live baccarat table screen you will be able to quickly understand all the various options available to you. These include settings, bet limits & rules, back to the lobby, disable video feed, the video feed, betting areas, historical charts, mini-games, chat feature, deposit option , the game round number, your balance, total bet amount, dealer name, chip values and more.
All of the navigation options are self explanatory and easy to understand.
Game Rules and Dragon Bets
Below the settings icon you will find the ‘bet limits and rules’ section with the all the game specifics including the Dragon Bet rules and payouts.
The Dragon Bonus Side Bet pays when your hand wins with a natural or by a margin of 4 to 9 points.
Live Dealer Baccarat Side Bets
This live dealer baccarat game has a number additional side bets available to the gambler. These side bets include a Dragon Bonus and a Pair bet to accompany both the player and banker bets. The Any Pair, Perfect Pair, Small and Big side bets can be made and won on either the player or banker hands.
Baccarat Side Bets
|Side Bet||Payout||Winning Bet|
|Player Dragon||varies||When the player hand wins with a natural or by a margin of 4 to 9 points.|
|Banker Dragon||varies||When the banker hand wins with a natural or by a margin of 4 to 9 points.|
|Player Pair||11:1||The first two cards of the player hand are the same number.|
|Banker Pair||11:1||The first two cards of the banker hand are the same number.|
|Any Pair |
/ Either Pair
|5:1||The first two cards of either hand are the same number.|
|Perfect Pair||25:1||The first two cards of either hand are the same number and suit.|
|Small||1.5:1||The winning hand contains 4 cards.|
|Big||.5:1||The winning hand contains 5 or 6 cards.|
These side bets provide an interesting distraction and addition to the standard player, banker and tie bets.
Dragon Bonus Bets In Baccarat
This is one of the more interesting side bets.
The Dragon Bonus is a side bet in baccarat that pays when your hand wins with a natural and by a margin of 4 to 9 points. The highest payout of 30:1 occurs with a natural or with a difference of 9 points between the winning and losing hand.
To make the Dragon Bonus bet, you can choose either the ‘player dragon’ or ‘banker dragon’ bet in combination with a corresponding player or banker bet. A natural win with a two card total of 8 or 9 and a win by 4 points pays offs at 1 to 1. A win of 5 points pays offs at 2 to 1. A win of 6 points pays offs at 4 to 1. A win of 7 points pays offs at 6 to 1. A win of 8 points pays offs at 10 to 1.
Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus Bet Payouts & House Edge
|Dragon Bonus Payouts|
|Outcome of Game||Payout|
|Win by 4 points||1:1|
|Win by 5 points||2:1|
|Win by 6 points||4:1|
|Win by 7 points||6:1|
|Win by 8 points||10:1|
|Win by 9 points||30:1|
|House Edge||Player Win||Banker Win|
|Player and Banker Bets||1.24%||1.06%|
|Dragon Bonus Bet||2.65%||9.37%|
The best bet in baccarat is usually the banker bet with a low 1.06% house edge. However, when placing dragon bonus bets, the player hand is a better choice with a lower edge of 2.65%.
Dragon bonus bets can be profitable to make, but be sure to always place a ‘player dragon’ bonus bet.
The Dragon Bonus bet is a popular side bet in baccarat with a lot of potential for entertaining and exciting play. Click this image to load this recap into a new window and save it to your computer or mobile device.
Baccarat Card Counting
Counting cards in baccarat is not feasible with software based games because the cards are shuffled after every hand. However, card counting does have some value in live dealer games. As a card counter, you would have a slight benefit with the dragon bonus bet when the remaining cards in the shoe exhibit the following conditions.
- A low number of 8’s and 9’s
- A high number of small card from 1 to 7
- A very high number of 7’s
You can get free bonus match money to play baccarat at some online casinos. Slots LV is one of these casinos that allow baccarat and bonuses. But you should be aware of some limitations and cautions when playing baccarat with bonuses!
To understand bonuses for baccarat you must understand the player profitability for major casino games.
- The profit for the casino is usually indicated a the ‘house edge’. This is the percentage of wagers that the casino can expect to earn over time for each game. Slots usually have a 5% to 10% house edge. The lower the house edge, the better it is for the player. Except for some table game ‘sucker bets’ and Keno, slots are the most profitable games for the casino.
- On the player side of the equation, the term normally used to indicate player profitability is the ‘return to player (RTP). This is the expected percentage of profit for the player. The higher the RTP, the better it is for the players. For baccarat and table games, the rules of the game dictate the expected RTP. This makes it important for the player to know the underlying payouts for each bet.
Table games like baccarat, blackjack, roulette and craps do not have a relative high house edge. These are the games that ‘pros’ usually play. Of those games, baccarat is the only game that can be fully enjoyed without the need for extensive practice and skill.
Casino bonuses are usually the first thing that you will notice about an online casino. They are huge and exciting. But because of the huge disparity in casino profit from slots versus table games, these offers are primarily directed for slots bonuses.
The primary requirement for earning and cashing out wins when utilizing bonus money is a wagering requirement (WR). These requirements state that you must wager the total funds many times before a cash out is possible. A typical WR for bonuses is 35 times and usually shown as 35x. The Slots LV WR is 35x.
Some bonuses are totally excluded for table games. However, most casinos add another rule called the wagering contribution (WC). In general, the WC indicates that only a portion of the total wagers made on that particular game will count toward the wagering requirement.
At Slots LV the wagering contribution for online baccarat games is 10%. However, this only applies to software-based Baccarat games. All live dealer games, including Live Baccarat, are totally excluded from bonus play and rewards points.
The Slots LV casino also has a free rewards program that will earn points for players! This is a free benefit that rewards repeat players and loyal customers. They also accumulate for twelve months at a time.
Slots LV Baccarat Games Review Recap
As you can see above, the two software based baccarat games very similar to each other, with only visual differences between them. But they do differ from the live dealer baccarat game in some very distinct ways. The below chart should help you choose the one that is best for you.
|If You||Play This||Reason|
|Use bonuses||Software||Bonuses are valid for the two software based games. Bonuses are not allowed with the live dealer game.|
|Want to earn earn rewards points||Software||Rewards points are earned on the two software based games. Rewards points are not earned with the live dealer game.|
|Make Tie Bets||Software||The payout for a tie is 9:1 on the two software based games. The payout for a tie is 8:1 with the live dealer game.|
|Prefer to take your time on bets||Software||You can take your time deciding on your bet amount and whether to place a player or banker bet.|
|Have a very low budget.||Software||The minimum bet amount is $1 and the maximum bet is $500|
|Have a medium to high budget||Live||You have three levels of bet amounts with a $5 minimum up to a maximum of $2,500|
|Know what you are doing and like a fast pace.||Live||The dealer sets the pace of the game.|
|Are by nature a social person||Live||You have a living moving dealer in front of you. You can chat with the dealer and other players.|
|Want to place side bets||Live||Eight baccarat side bets are only available with live dealer baccarat: Player Dragon, Banker Dragon, Player Pair, Banker Pair, Any Pair, Perfect Pair, Small, Big|
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