Baccarat is a popular casino card game that players in New Jersey can play from the comfort of their own home after the state legalized online gambling.
Baccarat is a comparing card game where each card is assigned a point value and each round of play has three possible outcomes: the player wins, the “banker” wins, or there is a tie.
Baccarat bets can run high and though minimum bets online are usually much lower than at real casinos.
There are several variations of baccarat that can affect the odds and the payouts. Here we will walk through the different types of baccarat, how to play the game, and where to play baccarat online in New Jersey.
How to Play Online Baccarat
Baccarat can be a bit confusing for new players but it is not hard to play.
You can make three possible bets: player wins, banker wins, or tie. In some cases, you can bet on the player or banker to win as well as a tie.
The hand closest to 9 wins. Cards numbered 2 to 9 are worth their face value (I.e. 3 of spades = 3 points) while aces are worth one point. Tens, jacks, queens, and kings have no point value and jokers are not used. Cards are drawn based on house rules and there are no decisions to be made after the cards are dealt so you cannot hit or stand like blackjack.
If a hand is worth more than 10, the tens-place digit is removed. So if you draw a7 and 6 for a 13, your score is 3, but if you draw a 4 and a 5 your score is 9.
If a the first two cards equal five or less, that hand gets an additional card.
It is usually better to bet on the banker because its odds of winning are 45.8 percent, compared to 44.6 percent for the player hand.
There is commission baccarat, in which the casino takes about 5 percent of the winnings and no commission baccarat, which actually pays out less than commission baccarat — about 1:2.
Where to Play Baccarat Online
Several New Jersey gambling sites feature online baccarat and some even have live dealer baccarat. Unlike casino baccarat where minimums tend to be higher, online baccarat players can enjoy wagers as low as $1 or even less.
The Golden Nugget and Betfair Casino both offer live dealer baccarat played with standard commissions. The Golden Nugget also has no commission online baccarat.
Tropicana Casino, Virgin Casino, and Caesars all offer standard baccarat online.
The Borgata, Resorts Casino, and Mohegan Sun offer no commission baccarat.
These casinos offer free bet bonuses to new players and have varying deposit match bonuses for first deposits.