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Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus

By: Joan Peppin, Wednesday August 5th 2015
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Online casinos usually offer only one variant of baccarat, which is based on Punto Banco. Some online casinos create different versions of this game based on different table limits, but the rules and game play are the same. Though this online baccarat variant offers an extremely high average return of almost 99%, it can get boring. Live dealer casinos powered by leading software providers like Playtech and Microgaming offer some interesting variants of baccarat that have side bets. The flip side is that the average return is not as high. One such game is Baccarat Dragon Bonus.

In Baccarat Dragon Bonus you will have to place a bet in the main game before you can place the side bet. And you will have to place both bets before any cards are dealt. Some live dealer casinos follow the practice of restricting the Dragon Bonus side bet to three players only on a first come first serve basis. The game play is as usual in the normal baccarat games. The live dealer deals cards for both the Player hand and the Banker hand as per the rules of the game. You need not know or understand the rules. Once all the cards have been dealt and the game is over the live dealer will declare which hand has won, Player or Banker, and the margin of the win. The margin of the win is very important in Live Dealer Dragon Bonus Baccarat because it is the basis of the side bet payout.

If the winning hand has a natural then the payout is even money, irrespective of the margin. Otherwise, the winning hand has to have a margin of at least 4 points in order to pay out. The larger the margin is, the bigger the payout will be. A margin of 4 points pays 1 to 1; a margin of 5 points pays 2 to 1; a margin of 6 points pays 4 to 1; a margin of 7 points pays 6 to 1; a margin of 8 points pays 10 to 1 and a margin of 9 points pays 30 to 1. Ties are treated in the following manner in Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus. Ties with both hands getting a natural are treated as a push. All other ties result in the side bet losing. It is because of this that the average return to the player reduces in Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus.

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