Baccarat, or Baccara as it is known in its native Italy, is thought to have originated in the mid-1400s. The game’s exact beginnings are unclear, but what we do know is that it is among the most refined and elegantly simple casino amusements available. Anyone who has played it, even once, can understand why it is James Bond’s favourite game.
All the variations of Baccarat that we offer at Wild Jack are engaging, but the live dealer options are able to evoke a genuine land-based casino atmosphere like no other. Powered by Evolution Gaming and combined with the bonuses and security of our casino, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The Italian name for this game actually means “zero” and is a reference to the fact that 10-unit placeholders are dropped when determining the hand totals. For example, a hand of 7 and 5 adds up to 2 and not to 12.
Live dealer and conventional online Baccara follow the same rules; there are 2 hands dealt, and you need to bet on which one will have a higher total and so win the round. The hands are known as the Player and Banker cards, but these are simply their names – neither you nor the dealer can make any moves to affect them.
Before the game begins, you need to put money on the hands tying, or on which one you think will win. Aces count as 1, face cards are worth 0, and number cards count as whatever their pip value is. Because of the 10-values being dropped, the highest possible hand is 9. This is called a Natural and wins the round immediately.
When there is no Natural, the hand totals are compared. Each is dealt a third card in specific circumstances, but you don’t need to worry about that because we will take care of it. If the hand that you bet on does win, you get a 1:1 payout and since the odds of a Banker win are slightly better, you need to pay 5% commission in this case.
Betting correctly on a tie gets you a massive 8:1 return, but be very careful; the house edge is as steep as the payout and sits at over 14%. Bet only with what you can afford to lose, and only if you are feeling very lucky!
Evolution Gaming is, quite simply, the leader in the live casino software field. Video feeds are exceptionally high-quality, and the gorgeous dealers themselves are particular experts in the games they operate. The dealers are also specifically trained in how to engage with players via livestreaming, and can do so in a variety of languages.
In addition to all of this, Evolution Gaming has added play-enhancing special features to each of its titles. Baccarat is no exception, and you can choose from a range of different results displays to help you interpret them and decide what to do next while multiple camera angles put you right in the centre of the action.
You can also watch the dealer perform the famous Baccarat Squeeze or, through an innovative blend of real footage and animations, even do it yourself. The Squeeze of the deck reveals the last card and thus the outcome of the game, and for many people holding their breath as they wait to see what it shows is the most exciting moment in Baccara. Now this casino-worthy moment is beamed straight into your living room!