Standard Baccarat rules

Playing tips and house edge considerations

Mini Baccarat

In Running Baccarat

Progressive Baccarat

Baccarat Pairs or Lucky Pairs

Dragon Bonus

Zero Commission

Super 6 Baccarat

Premium with Card Peek

Dragon Tiger

Other useful links

Standard Baccarat rules

Standard Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Multi-player Baccarat or Punto Banco are all terms used to refer essentially to the same game (particularly by casinos listed on this site).

It’s a very simple game that involves a bet being placed at the deal outset on either ‘Player’, ‘Banker’ or  ‘Tie’ positions and letting the dealer do the rest.

I don’t want to spend too much time on the rules of the game – house rules for every baccarat variation offered by listed casinos are included where relevant, and we’ve made the assumption that if you’ve found this site you’ve probably already played a game or two in your time and are just looking for a good live online option.

For the benefit of newcomers to the game, the rules of baccarat, as commonly offered online can be summarized as follows:

      • The dealer deals 2 hands.  One to the ‘Banker’ and one to the ‘Player’ (these refer to bet options not participants in the game);
      • Players (ie you) bet on the deal outcome – 3 bets are possible; either Banker win, Player win or a Tie;
      • Once bets are placed, 2 cards are dealt to both the ‘Player’ and ‘Banker’ positions;
      • The winning hand is the hand closest to 9;
      • Cards values are as follows: Aces = 1 | 10s, pictures = 0 | others = face value;
      • Best hand is a 2 card total of 9 (“Natural”). Second best is a 2 card total of 8 (“Natural 8”);
      • Additional cards are drawn by either Player or Banker according to the below deal conventions (Third card rule):For the ‘Player’:
        Point value of first two cards
        0-1-2-3-4-5 Draws a third card
        6-7 No more cards
        8-9 Natural, no more cards

        For the ‘Banker’:

        Point value offirst two cards: Draw when the Player’sthird card is: Does not draw when thePlayer’s third card is:
        0-1-2 Always draws a card
        3 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9 8
        4 2-3-4-5-6-7 0-1-8-9
        5 4-5-6-7 0-1-2-3-8-9
        6 6-7 0-1-2-3-4-5-8-9
        7 Always stands
        8-9 Player
        cannot draw
        Player
        cannot draw

        Payouts for winning bets are as follows:

        Winning hand Payout
        Banker 0.95:1 (even money less 5% ‘Vigorish’)
        Player 1:1
        Tie 8:1 (9:1 at some live casinos)

Playing tips and house edge considerations

If you read the above you are now aware that this is a pretty simple game.  Make a bet choice, of which there are only 3, and wait for the deal outcome and hopefully the payout.

But with 3 bet choices the obvious question frugal players will be wondering is whether there is a difference in returns attributable to the different bet options, and if so, which is the best paying bet?

Calculated house edges for baccarat dealt from an 8 deck shoe (as is the common variant offered live online) are as follows:

Bet Calculated House Edge
Banker 1.06%
Player 1.24%
Tie 14.36% (for 8:1 payout)

So the clear message to take here is to bet on the Banker and avoid Tie bets.

Mini Baccarat

What is it?

Some live casinos offer what they call ‘Mini Baccarat’.  Essentially you are playing identical rules to the games offered as ‘Standard Baccarat’, although the virtual table layout may be slightly simplified.

Mini baccarat: Standard baccarat:

The rules applying to both games are identical.  The only difference is that the mini baccarat table is represented in single play format, rather than having 7 bet boxes.  That is, the difference is only a presentational one and not really one that you should be concerned about when choosing which game you want to play.

Where can I play it?

Take your pick of live casinos for this one.  Most platforms/casinos offer baccarat presented in Mini table format, including:

Casino offering:  Link to game review page: Link to casino: 
888 Casino Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
William Hill Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
Unibet Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
Bet365 Playtech baccarat review Visit
Paddy Power Playtech baccarat review Visit

In Running Baccarat

What is it?

This may well be the most complicated live baccarat variation to completely understand.  It offers players the option of betting at a number of stages during the deal – hence the name In-Running.

The game begins with the dealer opening the betting round and you may bet on ‘Banker’ or ‘Player’ or ‘Tie’ just as you would playing standard baccarat – and if you place no further bets during the course of the deal, your payouts will be as if you paid the standard version.

After the dealer deals a single card to the ‘Player’ hand, a second betting round is opened.  Depending on the card dealt, game odds and handicap values for the Player and Banker positions are calculated and will apply to any bets placed.  Then the Banker card is dealt, and again a betting round is opened with odds and handicap values applying based on the cards dealt – and so on until the deal concludes in accordance with the standard baccarat deal convention.

The handicapping system used is loosely based on the Asian double handicaps commonly applied in sports betting.  At the conclusion of the deal, players are paid out according to all bets placed and attributed handicap odds applied.

Make sense?  You’ll need more than a short explanation to get the hang of this one and should read the full In-Running baccarat house rules before playing.

Where can I play it?

Casino offering:
Link to game review page:
Link to casino:
Bet365 Playtech baccarat review Visit

Progressive Baccarat

What is it?

OK this is a really simple one.  Think plain old standard baccarat with an optional side bet that gives you a buy-in to possibly win a progressive jackpot, or other amounts according to a payout table. The win condition for the progressive jackpot is a particular Tie being dealt.

Presently only the one platform offers a progressive live baccarat game (Playtech Asian platform) and the applicable payout table is as follows:

Tie type Pays
Player suited Ace+8, Banker matches Progressive Jackpot
Player suited Ace+8, Banker suited Ace+8 10000 x side bet
Player & Banker Ace+8 1000 x side bet
Natural 9 25 x side bet
Natural 8 20 x side bet
Natural 7 15 x side bet
Natural 6 10 x side bet

Where can I play it?

Casino offering:
Link to game review page:
Link to casino:
Bet365 Playtech baccarat review Visit

Baccarat Pairs or Lucky Pairs

What is it?

There are a few different pairs side bets on offer depending on where you play…

  • Banker Pair  (unsuited): Here you are betting that a pair is dealt to the Banker position. Payout is usually 11 to 1.
  • Player Pair  (unsuited): Here you are betting that a pair is dealt to the Player position. Payout is usually 11 to 1.
  • Either Pair  (Banker or Player unsuited): Pairs deal to Player or Banker…5 to 1
  • Perfect Pair  (Banker or Player suited): 25 to 1

You may also find:

  • Small  (only 4 cards in total dealt): 1.5 to 1
  • Big  (5 or 6 cards in total dealt): 0.54 to 1

Live casinos used to promote baccarat tables offering pairs side-bets as a different game/table. These days just about every live baccarat table table offers optional pairs side bets. Click the ‘pairs’ selector on the live baccarat summary page to view tables offering this side bet, and where you can play them.

Dragon Bonus

What is it?

Dragon Bonus baccarat is standard baccarat with an optional ‘Player’ and ‘Banker’ bonus side bet.  The payout on the bonus side bet will depend on how much your chosen hand wins by.  If for example you take the ‘Banker’ bonus side bet and the Banker hand draws a Non Natural 9 and beats the ‘Player hand by 9 points, your side bet pays 30:1.

Below is the full payout table applicable to side-bets:

Hand Combination Payout Odds Description
Non-natural hand win by 9 Points 30:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by nine points with three cards. You win 30x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Non-natural hand win by 8 Points 10:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by eight points with three cards. You win 10x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Non-natural hand win by 7 Points 6:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by seven points with three cards. You win 6x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Non-natural hand win by 6 Points 4:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by six points with three cards. You win 4x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Non-natural hand win by 5 Points 2:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by five points with three cards. You win 2x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Non-natural hand win by 4 Points 1:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins by four points with three cards. You win 1x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Natural hand Winner 1:1 You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
Your hand wins with a natural hand. You win 1x your original bet amount and your original bet amount is returned to you.
Natural hand Tie Push You place a Bonus side bet on a hand.
The Banker and Player hands are dealt two cards. The hands tie with a point count of eight or nine. Your original bet amount is returned to you.

Where can I play it?

Casino offering:
Link to game review page:
Link to casino:
Royal Vegas Royal Vegas baccarat review Visit
Platinum Play Platinum Play baccarat review Visit

Zero Commission

What is it?

Zero Commission baccarat scraps the 5% commission (or vigorish) that is deducted from the 1:1 payout on ‘Banker’ wins and replaces it with the following:

“Wins on the Banker hand pay out at odds of 1:1, except when the value of the Banker’s hand equals eight. If the value of the winning Banker’s hand equals eight you are paid out at odds of 1:2”

That is to say – a different way of framing the house commission.

This form of live baccarat used to be offered at Microgaming powered live casinos (including the below), although it is no longer offered.

Where can I play it?

Casino previously offering:
Link to game review page:
Link to casino:
Royal Vegas Royal Vegas baccarat review Visit
Platinum Play Platinum Play baccarat review Visit

Super 6 baccarat

What is it?

This is a lot like Zero Commission baccarat, but instead of a Banker 8 win paying 1:2, it is the Banker win with a score of 6 that pays only 1:2. At some platforms/casinos these tables may also be called No Commission baccarat eg:

Also, you have the option of taking the Super 6 side bet – here you are betting on a Banker win with a score of 6 and you get a 12:1 payout if successful.

Payouts: Banker win pays Player win pays Tie pays Super 6 side bet
Regular baccarat 0.95:1 1:1 8:1
Super 6 baccarat 1:1 unless Banker wins on 6 (0.5:1) 1:1 8:1 12:1
(15:1 at Evo)

Where can I play it?

Click the ‘no commission’ or ‘Super 6’ selectors on the live baccarat summary page to view a range of platforms offering these tables, and where you can play them. Alternatively, below are a few options.

Casino offering:  Link to game review page: Link to casino: 
Leo Vegas Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
William Hill Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
Unibet Evolution Gaming baccarat review Visit
Bet365 Playtech baccarat review Visit
Paddy Power Playtech baccarat review Visit

Premium baccarat with Card Peek

What is it?

For players who like to squeeze cards playing baccarat then you’ll be happy to know that there are now a number baccarat squeeze tables that can be played live online.

Various squeeze options exist:

  • dealer controlled squeeze,
  • player controlled squeeze (all players have the option to peek at the cards before the dealer reveals them),
  • VIP squeeze tables where only the highest staking player has the option of peeking at either Banker or Player cards.

Where can I play it?

Dragon Tiger

What is it?

Dragon Tiger isn’t a form of baccarat, but because of certain similarities between the two games we have included it here. This is actually an easier game to play than Baccarat, and it works as follows:

      • Choose from 3 bet options…”Dragon”, “Tiger” or “Tie”.
      • The dealer will then deal 1 card to the Dragon and 1 card to the Tiger.
      • Highest card wins and cards are ordered as follows:
        Highest – K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A – Lowest (suits don’t matter)
      • Payouts:
        Dragon 1:1. If Tie, 50% of Dragon bet deducted as commission charge, remainder returned. If Tiger wins, bet is lost.
        Tiger 1:1. If Tie, 50% of Tiger bet deducted as commission charge, remainder returned. If Dragon wins, bet is lost.
        Tie 8:1, 10:1 or 11:1 depending on platform. If Dragon or Tiger win, bet is lost.

Where can I play it?

Casino offering:
Link to game review page:
Link to casino:
Leo Vegas Evolution Gaming Dragon Tiger Visit
William Hill Evolution Gaming Dragon Tiger Visit
Bet365 Playtech Dragon Tiger Visit
Paddy Power Playtech Dragon Tiger Visit

Other useful links

 Baccarat category in the blog
 Baccarat forum