Best Canadian Online Baccarat

The game of baccarat is one of the most enigmatic of all casino games and, quite often, is the table game in brick and mortar casinos that you would most likely be separated from the other casino games by velvet ropes. More and more Canadian online casino gamers are discovering just how easy and fun the game of online baccarat can be and, if you are curious about playing online baccarat, check out this easy guide to online baccarat.

What is Online Baccarat?

Online baccarat is merely the digital version of the traditional game of baccarat, widely considered to be one of the oldest casino games in the world. The game began in Europe although it probably has much older roots in Asia. The game is about as old as roulette, and there were several versions of the game being played in Spain, France, and England all around the same time. Some of the original variations include Baccarat Banque, Punto Banco, and Baccarat Chemin de Fer, all of which are still available today in many brick and mortar casinos around the world and in most Canadian online casinos too.

Baccarat is growing in popularity in Canada thanks to its simple and quick gameplay, relatively low house edge and fun betting opportunities. In some ways the game is similar to blackjack in that they are both card games that use a specific card value system, easy betting, and quick gameplay. This means that Canadian fans of blackjack will find the switch to playing online baccarat quite easy and newcomers to Canadian online casinos will find baccarat is just as easy to learn as blackjack.

Baccarat is what is known in the casino industry as a ‘show card’ game, which is what poker and blackjack are also classed as. This simply means that one or more cards are hidden from view and, at some point, are revealed. The difference between blackjack and baccarat, on the other hand, is that baccarat is mainly played between two parties – the Player and the Banker, whereas blackjack is played between players and the dealer. In baccarat, players simply have to choose between backing the Player’s hand to win or backing the Banker’s hand to win. There is also a Tie bet option, and the ultimate aim of the game is for one or the other hand to hit a total of eight or nine.

The best online baccarat variations in Canada

As more and more Canadians begin to enjoy the game of online baccarat, more variations on the basic form of online baccarat has become available. Here are the top three online baccarat variations that you will find at most Canadian online casinos.

  • Standard online baccarat: the standard version of online baccarat is the version most commonly found at Canadian online casinos and is played with as standard 52 card playing deck. The game is also distinguished by the use of a mini baccarat table
  • High Limit Baccarat: Based on the standard version of online baccarat and using the same mini table, the game offers much higher limits than standard baccarat and is played with eight decks of standard playing cards.
  • Baccarat Gold: This is based on the standard version of online baccarat but played on a full-size baccarat table. Most Canadian online casinos offer this variation in a single player format and distinguishing features including the highest levels of 3D graphics and realistic digital sounds.

Learning to play online baccarat

Learning to play online baccarat is very easy, and it really only takes a few games to get the hang of it. A good place to start is with the standard version of baccarat as you can learn how the rules and gameplay work in a clear manner. It is also a good idea to find Canadian online casinos that offer free or ‘demo’ mode versions of online baccarat as this will give you the chance to practice without worrying about risking any of your money.

Basic rules of online baccarat

There are only three bets that one can make in any game of online baccarat:

  1. Player to win
  2. Banker to win
  3. Tie

The aim of the game is to get a two-card hand that is as close to a total of 8 or 9 as possible. The game occurs between the two “players” or positions, and all other players are merely betting on which hand they think will win the round.

In online baccarat, cards are valued in the following way”

  • King = 0
  • Queen = 0
  • Jack = 0
  • Ace = 1
  • 10 = 0
  • 2-9 = face value (2=2 etc)

If a two card total is a double digit figure then only the second number is counted as the two card total, for example: 12 = 2, 13 = 3 etc.

Most baccarat games are played with six decks although some are played with eight as mentioned earlier. To begin a round, the dealer deals with the Player position first and the Banker position second. If the player hand total equals a zero or a five, then the Player will draw a third card. However, if the Banker hand totals either seven, eight or nine then there is no third card drawn and Banker wins. The banker will, however, draw a third card it the hand total is equal to zero, one or two.