# Progressive Baccarat

If you are trying to learn how to play progressive Baccarat you have come to the right place. While this game is not widely known by many American players, it is becoming more popular each year as Americans learn how to play progressive Baccarat and discover how exciting it is.

To be brutally honest about it, Baccarat is like Roulette in that it is a game that is based almost entirely on luck.

Betting in Progressive Baccarat

The easy part to remember when you are learning how to play progressive Baccarat is that you have three choices: you can bet on the Banker winning, you can bet on the player winning, or you can bet that there will be a tie.

Dealing and Counting the Cards

At the beginning of play, two cards are dealt to the player and the Banker. Tens and face cards count as zero, the ace counts as 1. Cards 2 thru 9 are worth their face value.

If your two card total ends up having two digits (such as eleven), the first digit is dropped. If the first two cards total 8 or 9 the hand is called a natural and you win. You want to get as close to 9 as possible.

If the total is not a natural win for either party, another card is drawn by both the Banker and the player.

Payoff in Baccarat

On those occasions when you win, you are paid even money. However, if you bet on the results being a tie, you make more. The payoff at most online casinos for a tie bet is 8 to 1. That means you get your money back plus you also get eight times that amount. Keep in mind, however, when learning how to play progressive Baccarat that making a tie is very rare.

Crunching the Numbers

The odds of winning a regular Baccarat game are not the same as winning the progressive Baccarat jackpot. To illustrate, the odds of winning when betting on the house are 44.62 percent, losing to the house are 45.85 percent, and tying with the house 9.53 percent.

New players might automatically assume that betting on the house every time is the best play but hold on. To even out the odds the house charges a commission, usually 5 percent. This commission is far more prevalent in brick and mortar casinos but some online places charge it as well. You must look for this commission rate before you play.

Even if the online casino levies a five percent commission, you are still better off betting on the casino or the house. But this only holds true if the commission is five percent or less. If it is higher than that your odds are better wagering on the player.

One of the best places to learn how to play progressive Baccarat is online. Playing Baccarat online offers you some great advantages over playing in live casinos. First of all, you will not be slowing down play as you learn what to do. Second, you can often find online casinos that will allow you to learn by using play money. You can visit Casinos VIP Lounge to learn more about the exciting game of progressive Baccarat.

Even if the casino levies a five percent commission, you are still better off betting on the casino or the house. But this only holds true if the commission is five percent or less. If it is higher than that your odds are better wagering on the player.

March 1, 2014: posted in Baccarat No Comments
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