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Baccarat is one of the classic card games you can play at any casino in Canada. It’s an incredibly easy game to play, and there is far less strategy involved than there is in blackjack, so it is a great game for beginners.
Hugely popular back in the 1960s, baccarat disappeared into obscurity for a few years. But it has enjoyed a revival in the internet age and today, online baccarat is all the rage. In 2014, baccarat accounted for an astonishing 91% of Macau casinos’ total income, and in the same year in Las Vegas, it was 45%, up over 50% in just two years.
Some baccarat basics
The baccarat rules are very simple, and the game is similar in concept to blackjack in as much as it is player versus the dealer (or banker) and the objective is to get as close as possible to a target number without going over.
This time, the target is nine, but baccarat works to a single-digit numbering system. In other words, if you are dealt a 7 and an 8, the total of 15 equates to 5. Likewise, 17 is 7 or 19 is 9. That also means that 10s and face cards have a value of 0.
The other big difference between baccarat and blackjack concerns the gameplay itself. In online blackjack, it is all about deciding whether to hit or stand. But when you play baccarat at either a physical or online casino, this decision-making is out of your hands. The dealer has a set of rules that dictate whether the dealer and the player hits or stands, so you simply watch and wait for the outcome.
Those rules are quite complex, but you do not need to know them. In fact, the only decisions you have to make are how much to bet and whether you will back the player or the dealer to win. So while there are still tips for adopting the best baccarat strategy, it is far more straightforward than some games. This probably explains why online baccarat has become so popular with Refuel Casino’s newer players.
Different types of baccarat games
At Refuel Casino, you can choose to play baccarat against a random number generator (RNG) that automatically deals the cards, or in a live dealer setting. But the choices do not stop there. In addition to standard baccarat, there is also speed baccarat. This is the same as standard baccarat, except for the fact that the cards are dealt face-up. It means the game is around 20 to 30 percent faster.
There are two other variants of online baccarat on offer that are special creations from the developer Evolution Gaming. The first is lightning baccarat. Here, in addition to the usual gameplay, the RNG randomly selects up to five “lightning cards” along with corresponding payout multipliers. If the player wins with a hand containing a lightning card, he or she will collect the corresponding payout bonus.
The other special from Evolution is called first person baccarat. Here, you are in control of the game, choosing the table and background, shuffling the shoe, and even dealing the cards.
Play your baccarat at Refuel Casino
Baccarat has gone from relative obscurity 20 years ago to one of the most popular online casino games today. There are loads of online casinos in Canada offering baccarat games, so why should you choose to play online baccarat at Refuel Casino?
The first reason is our pay and play format, which means you don’t have to enter all your personal information to register. I
Another thing casino gamers love about Refuel Casino is our cashback system. Instead of the complicated promotions that most sites offer, we like to keep things as simple as possible. Every week, we automatically issue a 10 percent cashback to any player who has sustained a net loss over the preceding seven days on slot games and other selected titles.
It applies to every game, not just baccarat, and means that even if luck has not been on your side, you will still have something to smile about. Ultimately, we believe that putting smiles on faces is what playing online casino games should be all about.
So, login to Refuel Casino now, try your luck, and rest assured that even if luck is not on your side this week, you can still be a winner!