Live Dealer Casino Baccarat OnlineBy: Joan Peppin, Thursday March 4th 2010
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Baccarat played in land casinos has always fired the imagination of gamblers. The high roller wagering, the intricate table etiquette and the intrigue added by James Bond movies have presented baccarat as an exciting game. When online casinos came into existence baccarat was one of the games offered. Unfortunately baccarat did not click as a random number generator based online casino game. The distrust that some players still hold for software based on random number generators is only part of the problem. Since the players cannot actually see the cards being dealt from a shoe they fear that the game is manipulated in favor of the casinos. The major reason for the lack of popularity of baccarat in online casinos was that the excitement was missing. The activity of the dealer, the croupier and other casino personnel could not be matched by the animated card dealing. In land casinos the baccarat table attracts traffic because of the possible interaction between players. Again this was not possible in online baccarat.
Therefore when live dealer games were introduced in online casinos live dealer baccarat was the first game. In live dealer baccarat actual land casino operations of a dealer dealing cards from the shoe are video photographed and streamed across the Internet to the players' computers. Therefore even though the players are wagering anonymously in the comfort of their homes they can experience live land casino reality. They can chat with the dealer and with the other players at the table. Many online players have their favorite baccarat dealers and adjust their gambling times to match with the times that these dealers come on. At the same time live dealer baccarat shelters players from the intimidating atmosphere that can often prevail in land casinos. There are no crowds glaring down at the players and the stakes are much lower than those in land casinos. Players who have mistrusted the random number generator and have therefore stayed away from online casinos are coming back to live dealer baccarat because they can actually see the cards being dealt from the shoe.
Most live dealer baccarat games are based on the standard or Punto Banco version. In this the online casino accepts all the bets and the players wager against the house only. This version of baccarat has cards dealt from an eight deck shoe. The usual Tie, Player and Banker bets are offered with a 5% commission being charged on a Banker win. Some online casinos offer variants in their live dealer baccarat games that are not found in land casinos. Premium baccarat is played on a 14 seat multiplayer table with baccarat pairs rules and card peeking. Other live dealer baccarat variants are Baccarat Pairs, Dragon Bonus Baccarat, Zero Commission Baccarat and Lucky Pair Baccarat. The different pairs side bets in these live dealer baccarat variants are based on the Player and Banker drawing a pair as their first two cards. The Dragon Bonus side bet pays based on the margin of win.
Playtech and Microgaming are leading online software providers that offer live dealer baccarat in some of their online casinos. Playtech offers these games in Casino Tropez, Casino Del Rio and other online casinos managed by Euro Partners. Microgaming offers live baccarat games in Royal Vegas, Platinum Play, River Belle and Lucky Nugget.
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