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Blackjack Switch

The game of Blackjack has been around in casinos since the early 1700s. Back then, when it first appeared in France, there was just 1 basic version – nowadays there are plenty more.

This article covers Blackjack Switch – whereas most of the rules are the same as standard Blackjack. There are some notable differences, the main ones being that you need to pay for 2 hands of an equal amount and you can ‘Switch’ the 2nd card of each hand if you wish in order to get a better chance of winning.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

Due to this obvious advantage for the player, the casino is always going to adjust something in the favor of the house to counteract it. In this version of Blackjack, if the Dealer gets 22, any remaining hands which don’t have Blackjack are ‘pushed’ and the bets returned. A player Blackjack pays at even money.

Blackjack Switch Rules

As mentioned above, most the rules are the same as a standard game of Blackjack, we assume you know the basics if not these can be found in a separate article.

• All rules are the same as standard Blackjack unless mentioned below
 
• The game uses either 6 or 8 decks of cards depending on the casino
 
• The Dealer ‘hits’ on soft 17 (a 17 containing an Ace and therefore being worth either 17 or 7)
 
• The Player needs to place 2 bets of equal size, either both, 1 or none of these bets can be winners
 
• Player cards will be dealt face up
 
• Dealer ‘peeks’ for Blackjack if they have an Ace or a 10 as their upturned card (after Players have a choice of Insurance if the upturned card is an Ace). If they have Blackjack, all hands that didn’t take Insurance will lose except Player Blackjack which will ‘push’. Insurance pays 2 to 1.
 
• The Player can choose to ‘Switch’ the 2nd cards of their hands around to make 2 new hands. For example, if they are dealt 10, 6 and 5, 10 the 2nd cards – in this case, 6 and 10 – can be swapped giving them 10, 10 and 5, 6 instead, a much better position to be in
 
• If the Player ‘Switches’ to form Blackjack, this counts as 21 as opposed to Blackjack
 
• The player may ‘Double’ on any 2 cards, including after ‘Switching’
 
• The player may ‘Double’ after a ‘Split’
 
• Player may ‘Resplit’ up to 4 times
 
• A Player Blackjack pays even money

Blackjack Switch table

Above is an example of the layout for a Blackjack Switch game. You will see that it looks a lot like a standard Blackjack game except that the Player has to have 2 hands with the same initial bet.

Blackjack Switch Rules
RTP:99.42%
Blackjack Pays:1 to 1
Number of Decks:6 or 8
Dealer Rule:Hit on soft 17
Dealer Peek:Yes
Insurance:Yes
Surrender:No
Split:Yes
Re-Split:Yes
Double:Yes
Double after Split:Yes
Hit Split Aces:Just Once
Side Game:Yes
Multiple Hands:No – must have 2 hands of equal bet

 

Switching Strategy

One of the hardest aspects of the Blackjack Switch is when to Switch and when to leave the hands as they are.

By following the chart below, you won’t go far wrong.

If the Dealer has a 7 or 8 upturned, try and balance the hands by making the weakest hand as strong as possible, using the table below if you can.

If the Dealer has any other upturned card, make the strongest possible hand from the table below to give yourself the best possible chance of winning at least 1 hand.

1. 21
2. 20
3. 19
4. AA
5. 11
6. 10
7. 9
8. 18 or 8
9. 88 if the Dealer has between a 2 and an 8

If you cannot make any of the above hands either by leaving the hands as they are or ‘Switching’, make the strongest possible hand out of the following:

1. 7 or 17
2. Any hand that should be Split according to the chart below
3. Any 12
4. Any 13

Hitting or Standing strategy

As the Dealer ‘Pushes’ any remaining hands if they get 22, the strategy for Blackjack Switch is considerably different to a standard version.

The table below shows the action you should take in each instance after a Switch has or hasn’t been made.

Hard Hands – No Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
5 to 8HHHHHHHHHH
9HHHHDHHHHH
10DDDDDDDHHH
11DDDDDDDDHH
12HHHSSHHHHH
13HSSSSHHHHH
14SSSSSHHHHH
15SSSSSHHHHH
16SSSSSHHHHH
17-21SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double S = Stand

Soft Hands – With an Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
A, 2HHHHHHHHHH
A, 3HHHHHHHHHH
A, 4HHHHHHHHHH
A, 5HHHHDHHHHH
A, 6HHHDDHHHHH
A, 7SSSDDSSHHH
A, 8SSSSSSSSSS
A, 9SSSSSSSSSS
A, 10SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double S = Stand

Pairs

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
2,2HHHSPSPSPHHHH
3,3HHHSPSPSPHHHH
4,4HHHHHHHHHH
5,5DDDDDDDHHH
6,6HHSPSPSPHHHHH
7,7SSPSPSPSPSPHHHH
8,8SPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPHH
9,9SSSPSPSPSSPSPSS
10,10SSSSSSSSSS
A,ASPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSP

H = Hit D = Double S = Stand SP = Split

Blackjack Switch Tips

Due to the Switching element of Blackjack Switch, we suggest you play for free first to get the hang of when to Switch and when to keep your hands. Even if you are a Blackjack expert, this version is considerably different and adds an element of strategy not found in any other version. All good online casinos should allow you to play for free before parting with your own funds.

Remember that if the Dealer gets 22, all Player hands except for Blackjack ‘push’. Again, this is different from any other version and therefore takes some getting used to.

As with all casino games, ensure you play within your means and remember that in Blackjack Switch, you need to place 2 bets of an equal amount at the start of a game, this is before extra bets for Doubling and Splitting are taken into account. Therefore, factor this into your thinking when deciding how much to bet per hand – we would advise you to start a session with enough for around 40 games.

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Video Poker Rules

Video Poker came to the fore in casinos back in the 1970s. It is now one of the most popular casino games both online and in land-based casinos, and can even be found in many bars and clubs the world over.

The video poker rules are simple if you know your poker hand rankings , and is a game of skill with a low house-edge compared to many casino games.

Many versions have a large jackpot and can, therefore, offer a potentially life-changing sum of money if your luck is in.

Rules: The Basics Of Video Poker

Most versions of Video Poker are played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Some versions also include a Joker which can be substituted for any of the 52 cards.

Machines normally have the coin system in play so you can choose the value of the coin you wish to play with and how many of those coins you use.

As with online slots, we suggest you play with maximum coins wherever possible as you will often find that payouts are better this way, so for example if you wish to play €1 per game, we suggest setting the coin at €0.20 and playing 5 coins to total €1 rather than playing 1 coin with a value of €1.

Once you have entered your stake, press the Deal button and you will randomly be dealt 5 cards.

You now get to discard as many cards as you wish, you can keep all 5 if you already have a good hand or discard all 5 if you don’t have anything. Make sure you choose the ones you wish to keep and click Deal again.

The cards you chose to discard will now be replaced with other cards from the same deck – you won’t be dealt the same cards you discarded.

Once you have a 5 card hand again, payouts are made according to the poker hand you have.

A reminder of the best poker hands can be found below, the better the hand the higher your payout.

Unlike the standard game of poker, you are not playing against other players, therefore, you don’t have a hand/s you need to beat, simply put, the better your poker hand the higher your payout.

The minimum hand needed for a payout varies from machine to machine, it is normally around 1 pair of Jacks or better though.

Below is a screenshot of a standard Video Poker game.

Video Poker Rules

You will see that by playing 5 coins, payouts are 4 times more than if you play with 4 coins.

The minimum needed for a payout in the above machine is a pair of Jacks or better, this gets your stake returned, going right up to 4,000 coins from a 5 coin bet for a Royal Flush – which this lucky player got!

The hands you are trying to get are below, the best ones are at the top:

Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit
 
Straight Flush – Any 5 consecutive cards of the same suit, that aren’t 10 upwards which would be a Royal flush – e.g. 5,6,7,8 and 9 of the same suit
 
4 of a Kind – Any 4 of the same value and any other cards, e.g four 5’s
 
Full House – Any 3 cards of the same value and 2 cards of the same value – e.g three 8’s and two 10’s
 
Flush – Any 5 cards of the same suit that don’t run in order – e.g 4, 6, 9, 10 and Queen of Spades
 
Straight – Any 5 cards that run consecutively of more than one suit – e.g 5, 6 of Spades, 7 of Diamonds, 8 of Hearts and 9 of Clubs
 
3 of a Kind – Any 3 cards of the same value – e.g three 9’s and any 2 other cards
 
2 Pair – 2 lots of 2 of the same value – e.g two 4’s and two 6’s and any other card
 
1 Pair – 1 pair of the same value and any other 3 cards – most machines will only payout if this pair is Jacks or higher – so a pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces, and any 3 other cards

See our separate section ‘Video Poker Strategy’ for the best way to play the hand depending on the first 5 cards dealt.


Bonus Poker Strategy

Double Bonus Poker Strategy
This article shows our strategy for Bonus Poker. The expected return of Bonus Poker is 99.17%. This version of video poker is very popular so this strategy is very handy to learn.

In our Bonus Poker article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point within the article.

Introduction…

The first versions of Video Poker came about at the same time as personal computers in the 1970s. These were very basic however and offered only a couple of versions, nothing like what is available now. Video Poker has grown since then to become one of the most played games in casinos as it offers players the chance of solitude as well as some nice wins, especially if the holy grail of poker hands the Royal flush comes in.

Bonus Poker Rules

Bonus Poker is a version of Video Poker that is very similar to Jacks or Better.

In fact, the only difference is that in Bonus Poker you get better payouts for Four of a Kind.

So, to start you need to choose your stake, then you are dealt 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck. At this point, you can hold or discard each card. Any you discard are then replaced by other cards from the same deck. You are then paid out based on the strength of your hand. You aren’t playing against a dealer or other players, so if your hand is a Pair of Jacks or better, you get paid. It’s that simple!

You still get a payout for a pair of Jacks or better as the screenshot below demonstrates.

Bonus Poker Strategy

As you will see above, Four of a Kind Aces pays out significantly more than a Straight Flush, Four of a Kind 2’s, 3’s or 4’s pay slightly more than a Straight Flush whilst any other Four of a Kind – 5’s through to Kings – pay the same as a Straight Flush. As with most versions of Video Poker, playing with 5 coins increases the jackpot for a Royal Flush significantly.

Paytable and Odds

The table below outlines the payout for each hand, the number of possibilities for each hand and the probability of each coming in.

HandPayout (with 5 coins)CombinationsProbability
Royal Flush4,0004954431360.000025
Straight Flush25021296042640.000107
4 of a Kind Aces80039037758120.000196
4 of a Kind 2’s to 4’s400105098663280.000527
4 of a Kind 5’s to K’s250326884173360.001640
Full House452295168699240.011514
Flush352168736450000.010880
Straight252236763199120.011221
3 of a Kind1514843911678560.074468
2 Pair525775236037520.129308
Jacks or Better542908109814440.215259
Nothing0108607108224360.544855
Total199332305172001.000000

 

Bonus Poker Strategy

The strategy shown below gives you the best chance of getting a payout with Bonus Poker. As there are many variations of Video Poker and each has a slightly different strategy, make sure it is Bonus Poker you are playing before referring to it.

Start at the top of the table, working your way down until you find a hand that is relevant for the initial 5 cards you are dealt with. When you come across your hand, follow the instructions for the best chance to win.

Bonus Poker has an expected return of around 99.17% which makes it not a bad game to play from a payout perspective.

Best to Worst Hands

OrderHand
1Royal Flush
2Straight Flush
3Four of a Kind
44 of a Royal Flush
5Full House
6Flush
7Three of a Kind
8Straight
94 of a Straight Flush
10Two Pair
11High Pair
123 of a Royal Flush
134 of a Flush
14Unsuited 10, J, Q, K
15Low Pair
164 of an Outside Straight
173 of a Straight Flush
18Suited J, Q
194 of an Inside Straight
20Suited J, Q or J, K
21Suited A,K A,Q or A,J
22Unsuited J,Q,K
23Unsuited J,Q
24Suited 10,J
252 Unsuited High Cards, K High
26Suited 10, Q
272 Unsuited High Card, A High
28J only
29Suited 10,K
30Q only
31K only
32A only
33Garbage, discard everything

Outside Straight is a hand that needs a card at either end – e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8 – either a 4 or 9 would complete the Straight.

Inside Straight is a hand that needs a card in the middle – e.g. 3, 4, 6, 7 – only a 5 would complete the Straight.

This is meant as a guide only but if followed correctly it will give you the best chance of winning the session.

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Atlantic City Blackjack

Atlantic City Blackjack tends to have the best rules for players out of all the versions found online. Played with 8 decks, the Dealer stands on all 17’s and above, even if all hands stand to win if they stand.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point within the article.

 

Atlantic City Blackjack Rules

Players can double on any starting hand and can split every pair once. You are able to double after splitting once but cannot split a hand twice. When splitting Aces, only one further card is allowed.

Insurance is available and pays 2 to 1 whilst Blackjack pays 1.5 to 1.

If the Dealer shows an Ace, players are offered Insurance and then the Dealer will check for Blackjack before any further action, the hand ends if they have Blackjack and Insurance wins if they don’t then any Insurance bets are collected as losers and the hand continues as normal.

There is an option to Surrender in Atlantic City Blackjack which means you can give up your hand before you make any further actions such as Hitting or Standing, you get half of your stake back, this can be useful in some circumstances where the Dealer has a high upturned card and you have a hand that is unlikely to win.

Atlantic City Blackjack game

Above is an example of the layout for an Atlantic City Blackjack game, you will see that you can choose to play up to 5 hands at a time if you wish, each of them just needs to beat the Dealer in order to win.

Atlantic City Blackjack Rules
RTP:99.65%
Blackjack Pays:3 to 2
Number of Decks:8
Dealer Rule:Stand on all 17’s and above
Dealer Peek:Yes
Insurance:Yes
Surrender:Yes after first 2 cards
Split:Yes
Re-Split:Yes
Double:Yes
Double after Split:Yes
Hit Split Aces:Yes
Side Game:No
Multiple Hands:Yes

 

Strategy

Atlantic City Blackjack is a fairly standard version and therefore there aren’t any rules that differentiate the standard strategy.

Remember the chart below is just a suggestion and the casino will always have the edge over the player as in any casino game.

However, by following the chart below, you will have the best possible chance of finishing ahead in any session that you play.

Hard Hands – No Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
5 to 8HHHHHHHHHH
9HDDDDHHHHH
10DDDDDDDDHH
11DDDDDDDDDH
12HHSSSHHHHH
13SSSSSHHHHH
14SSSSSHHHHH
15SSSSSHHHSRH
16SSSSSHHSRSRSR
17+SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double
S = Stand SR = Surrender

Soft Hands – With an Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
A2HHHDDHHHHH
A3HHHDDHHHHH
A4HHDDDHHHHH
A5HHDDDHHHHH
A6HDDDDHHHHH
A7SDDDDSSHHH
A8SSSSSSSSSS
A9SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double
S = Stand

Pairs

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
2,2SPSPSPSPSPSPHHHH
3,3SPSPSPSPSPSPHHHH
4,4HHHSPSPHHHHH
5,5DDDDDDDDHH
6,6SPSPSPSPSPHHHHH
7,7SPSPSPSPSPSPHHHH
8,8SPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSP
9,9SPSPSPSPSPSSPSPSS
10,10SSSSSSSSSS
A,ASPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSP

H = Hit D = Double
S = Stand SP = Split

Atlantic City Tips

Never take Insurance- this is always tempting if the Dealer shows an Ace, but it is one of the worst Casino bets around. At the standard payout of 2 to 1, Insurance is a bet that is 8% against the player and therefore should be avoided at all costs – you may get a win some of the time, but long term you will always be a losing player with this type of bet.

Don’t be afraid to Surrender – It is understandable that some players don’t like giving up their hand and accepting a loss without taking it all the way, but it is an advantage to the player to have this option as not all versions of Blackjack offer it, so make the most of it when you can.

Always play within your means – this counts for all casino games, not just Atlantic City Blackjack, but the aim of the game is to enjoy yourself and you won’t do this if you are gambling money you can’t afford to lose or getting worried and/or upset every time you lose a hand.

Blackjack References:

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Spanish 21 Blackjack
Blackjack Tips


Spanish 21 Blackjack

Spanish 21 is a variation of the standard game Blackjack with a few differences, this article concentrates on those differences and assumes you know the basic rules of Blackjack. This can be found in a separate article if you need a refresher.
 
The main difference between Spanish 21 and most other forms of Blackjack is that it is played with a Spanish deck of cards that has 48 cards instead of the usual 52 – the deck is the same with all 10’s removed.
 
As a 10 is an important card in all forms of Blackjack, you would have thought that this gives a huge advantage to the House. You would be correct if that was the only change, however, a number of other features have been added in an attempt to offset this. Spanish 21 actually has a slightly better edge for the player than many forms of Blackjack.

Spanish 21 Rules

• Late Surrender is allowed, not just after your first 2 cards have been dealt
 
• You are able to Double after a Split
 
• You can re Split Aces
 
• A hand with 21 always wins even if the Dealer also gets 21
 
• Blackjack always wins even if the Dealer also gets Blackjack
 
• You can Double at any time after as many cards as you wish
 
• You can normally Hit and Double after Splitting Aces – this can vary so is worth checking
 
• You can Surrender after Doubling, known as Double Down rescue. You lose your initial stake which is effectively getting back half your total outlay for the initial stake and the Double
 
• A 5-card 21 pays 3 to 2, a 6-card 21 pays 2 to 1 and 7-card or higher 21 pays 3 to 1. This bonus doesn’t count if you have previously Doubled
 
• A hand consisting of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of mixed suits pays 3 to 2, if suited it pays 2 to 1. Either of these hands with all Spades pays 3 to 1. Again, this doesn’t count if you have previously Doubled
 
• A suited 7-7-7 when the Dealer has a 7 face up pay $1,000 if your bet is between $5 and $24 and a whopping $5,000 Super Bonus if your bet was $25 or more. If you are playing live with other players, they will each receive a $50 ‘Envy Bonus’ if this comes in.

Variable rules

 
Spanish 21 does have some variables which differ depending on where you play so be sure you check these before you start playing.
 
• Either 6 decks or 8 decks of cards are used
 
• The dealer can sometimes Hit or Stand on soft 17 – a hand that includes an Ace meaning the Dealer has 7 or 17
 
• Some casinos will allow you to Double a hand up to 3 times
 
• Some casinos will not pay the bonus amounts after you Split a hand
 
Spanish 21 Blackjack table
 
Above is an example of the layout for a Spanish 21 table. This particular version sees the Dealer stand on all 17’s, other than this you will see it is very similar to a standard Blackjack table.
 

Atlantic City Blackjack Rules
RTP:Depends on specific rules, approx. 99.50%
Blackjack Pays:3 to 2
Number of Decks:6 or 8
Dealer Rule:Stand on all 17’s and above – can vary
Dealer Peek:No
Insurance:No
Surrender:Yes at any time
Split:Yes
Re-Split:Yes
Double:Yes
Double after Split:Yes
Hit Split Aces:Yes
Side Game:Yes
Multiple Hands:Yes

 

Spanish 21 Strategy

There are several variable rules for Spanish 21 which affect some of the decisions in the optimal strategy, below is based on casinos that use 6 decks and the Dealer stands on soft 17 which is the most common variation of the game.
 
Hard Hands – No Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
4 to 8HHHHHHHHHH
9HHHHD4HHHHH
10D5D5DDDD4D3HHH
11D4D5D5D5D5D4D4D4D3D3
12HHHHHHHHHH
13HHHHHHHHHH
14HHS4S5S4HHHHH
15S4S5S5S6S6HHHHH
16S5S6S6SSHHHHH
17SSSSSSS6S6S6SR
18+SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double D2 = Double except Hit with x or more cards
SR = Surrender S = Stand S2 = Stand except Hit with x or more cards

 
Due to the bonus if you get 21 with 4 or more cards, in some instances it is best to Hit and go for these, in the above chart the number next to an action denotes the minimum number of cards you need in order to Hit as opposed to Stand or Double
 
Soft Hands – With an Ace

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
12-15HHHHHHHHHH
16HHHHD4HHHHH
17HHD3D4D5HHHHH
18S4S4D4D5D5S6S4HHH
19-21SSSSSSSSSS

H = Hit D = Double D2 = Double except Hit with x or more cards
S = Stand S2 = Stand except Hit with x or more cards

 
Due to the bonus if you get 21 with 4 or more cards, in some instances it is best to Hit and go for these, in the above chart the number next to an action denotes the minimum number of cards you need in order to Hit as opposed to Stand or Double.
 
Pairs

Dealers Upturned Card
Your hand2345678910A
2,2SPSPSPSPSPSPSPHHH
3,3SPSPSPSPSPSPSPHHH
6,6HHSPSPSPHHHHH
7,7SPSPSPSPSPSP*HHHH
8,8SPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSP
9,9SSPSPSPSPSSPSPSS
A,ASPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSP

H = Hit D = Double
S = Stand SP = Split SP* = Split except for Suited 7’s in which case Hit

 
Double Down Surrender when you have 12-16 Vs 8-A, 17 Vs A

Never Split 4’s, 5’s or 10’s
 

Spanish 21 Tips

There are many extra things to remember in Spanish 21 compared to standard Blackjack, remember the extra bonus payouts for getting 21 with 4 or more cards and getting 7-7-7 or 7-8-9. These don’t count if you were to Double though, so in situations where you feel you have a chance to hit these, ensure you follow the table above for the optimal chance of winning.
 
Don’t be afraid to Surrender – It is better to admit defeat and get some of your bet back in certain circumstances than continuing and losing it all when the odds are against you. Spanish 21 gives you the chance to Surrender at any time, ensure you make the most of it to stay ahead of the game.
 
Play for fun first if you want to learn the game properly – This is especially important when playing Spanish 21 as there are different features and rules than in standard Blackjack. We, therefore, recommend you play with free chips until you get the hang of this version when you have a better chance of finishing up.
 
Always play only with money you can afford to lose – this is the same for all casino games which should be fun – if you don’t enjoy it or are gambling with money you cannot afford to lose your mindset will not help the situation giving you a bigger chance of losing.

Blackjack References:

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Banque Baccarat

Banque is one of the many variations of Baccarat across casinos both online and offline. This version is favored by many high rollers as the player with the highest bet at the table gets to play as the banker and has the potential to win – and lose – more money than by being a player.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

One of the main differences between Baccarat Banque and other variations is that it is played with just 3 shoes – decks of cards – as opposed to 6 or 8 used in many other forms.

Baccarat Banque is played on a table that can seat up to 14 players, 7 on either side of the banker position as shown below.

Baccarat Banque table

Banque Rules

Players place their bets at the start of a shoe, the player who bets the most becomes the banker and takes a seat opposite the dealer.

The banker gets to remain as the banker for the entire shoe or when they run out of funds, at which point it is opened up for auction again from the remaining players. The banker can be challenged by another player at any time, this player will have up to 3 chances to displace him or her in the banker position, more of that later.

The table is separated into very distinct sections and one hand is dealt for each side along with one hand for the banker. As in other forms of Baccarat, the player’s hand is competing directly against the bankers as opposed to the other players, so the banker can win against both players, one player can beat the banker whilst the banker beats the other players, or both players can bet the banker.

The banker needs to put up enough money to cover all player bets for the hand. When bets are placed, from the right of the dealer all the way around the table, bets continue to be placed by players until the amount guaranteed by the banker has been reached. If these bets exceed the bankers total, the banker can either raise the amount they are willing to risk or the bets finish and the cards are dealt.

At any time at the betting stage, a player can challenge the banker by placing a bet or bets equal to that of the banker. This can be in one bet or across both player hands.

If they do this, they need to be successful on at least 1 hand, they can then assume the role of the banker for the remaining cards that are left in the shoe. If the banker wins then he or she continues as the banker. A player can challenge up to 3 hands in a row, each time matching the bet of the banker, if they are unsuccessful all 3 times they can no longer challenge the banker for the remainder of the shoe.

All cards are dealt face down and the player on each side of the table that placed the highest bet is in control of the hand for that side of the table. Players are betting on the hand on a particular side of the table beating the banker’s hand, they can bet on both player hands if they want but not on the banker’s hand, this is just for the banker to bet on themselves.

Once cards are dealt face down, the player in charge and banker all check their hands. If any of them have a total of 8 or 9 – or 18 or 19 as only the last digit counts when checking scores in Baccarat = they must immediately show their hand and their final score is confirmed.

If it is a player hand that has this score, they will beat the banker as long as the banker doesn’t have an 8 or 9 themselves – and the banker will continue to play against the other player. If the banker has an 8 or 9 and no players do, the hand finishes then and the banker wins both.

If no player or the banker has an 8 or 9, it is up to the player in charge whether to take the 3rd card or not. This is similar to Chemin de Fer in that the player has the choice, we would recommend playing by the same rules as Chemin de Fer though when it comes to drawing a 3rd card which can be found below.

Player TotalPlayer action
0 to 4Draw a card
5Draw or stand
6 or 7Stand
8 or 9Hand over before 3rd card taken

As you can see, it is normally only when the player has a 5 that they have a decision to make, the player can deviate from this though if they wish. Any 3rd card is dealt face up so the banker can see what has been dealt to them.

Once the players have finished their actions, the banker can decide whether or not they take a 3rd card. Again, there are rules that are normally followed as shown below:

Banker totalBanker should DrawBanker should StandBanker Choice
0 to 2Always DrawsNever 
3Player 3rd card is 1 to 7 or 10Player 3rd card is 8Player 3rd card is 9
4Player 3rd card is 2 to 7Player 3rd card is 0,1,8 or 9 
5Player 3rd card is 5 to 7Player 3rd card is 0,1,2,3,8 or 9Player 3rd card is 4
6Player 3rd card is 6 or 7Player 3rd card is 0 to 5 or 8 or 9 
7NeverAlways 
8 or 9No 3rd card drawnNo 3rd card drawn 
If the Player stands, the Banker should draw a 3rd card with a total of 0 to 5 and stand on 6 or 7

However, it is worth noting that as there are 2 player hands, there could be 2 totally different card dealt to each of the players. The banker can only have 1 hand to play against both players and may, therefore, decide to play according to the rules for the player hand with the highest stake or differ to the rules above, this is down to the banker and they have the right to do what they see fit with regards to drawing a 3rd card.

Once all hands have been completed, cards are turned over. The highest hand wins even money if the player wins and even money for the banker if their hand wins less 5% commission for the casino. If either hand is a tie, the funds stay on the table and are paid out the next hand depending on which hand wins – there is no tie to bet on in Baccarat Banque.

The banker will remain in position if they wish for the duration of the shoe or until they are successfully challenged, they can give up this position after any hand though and the player with the highest bet next hand takes that position for the remainder of the shoe.

Strategy

Baccarat Banque strategy follows the same as most forms of the game. The player should hit on a total of 0 to 4 and stand on 6 or 7. As they are forced to stand on 8 and 9 anyway, it is really only a total of 5 that gives them a choice.

If the player stands, the banker should hit on a total of 0 to 5 and stand on 7. If the player hit, the banker should look at the table below when determining whether to take a 3rd card:

Player

Banker0123456789
7SSSSSSSSSS
6SSSSSSHHSS
5SSSS?HHHSS
4SSHHHHHHSS
3HHHHHHHHS?
2HHHHHHHHHH
1HHHHHHHHHH
0HHHHHHHHHH

The only situations that depend on what the layer did are:

• Player has a total of 5

• Banker has 6 and player stood

• Banker has 5 and player hit and got 4

• Bank has 3 and player hit and got 9

In these situations, the banker should generally mimic the player and stand when they stand, hit when they hit. From a player perspective, they should mix up when they stand or hit on a 5 to confuse the banker and give them the best possible chance of winning the hand.

Banque Baccarat Tips

• Ensure you check the odds of each version you play, some casinos will offer different odds so choose the type of bet you want and look for the casino that offers the best odds on this bet

• Quit when you are ahead – With any casino game it is good when you go on a winning streak, however, this can easily change in the blink of an eye so have a target before you start playing and ensure you walk away if you reach it

• Play short sessions – The casino has the edge over the player on all games therefore by the law of averages, the longer you play for, the more likely it is that the casino will win Instead of playing for hours, try shorter sessions where you stand a better chance of finishing ahead

• Manage your bankroll – Decide before you sit down how much you wish to play with and break this down into 40/50 bets This ensures you will have a fair amount of time to play and that you won’t lose more than you can afford

• Don’t chase losses – If you are unfortunate enough to lose the bankroll that you took to the table, walk away and accept those losses, don’t be tempted to deposit further funds that you can’t afford in order to try and win back some of the losses, it is unlikely to end well

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Online Poker Promotions
There are many different types of online poker promotions available these days and we give you the most accurate information to make the most informed choices. below we take a look at the following:

  • Safest and most secure online poker sites
  • How easy it is to boost your bankroll and the different types of bonuses
  • The best bonuses from accredited poker rooms

 

Freerolls

Tournaments which are free to enter – some may have requirements such as x poker points earned in the last 7 days – but which have a real money prize pool.

Match Bonus

Bonus funds which are given to a player depending on the amount of their 1st deposit and how many poker points they earn – and therefore how much rake and fees they pay – in a period immediately after their 1st deposit.

Added Value

Tournaments that cost money to enter where money is added to the prize pool on top of the money paid as entrance fees by players.

Qualification to Land Based Event

  • Tournaments where players win entry to a real poker tournament in a casino/poker club/cruise ship as opposed to cash
  • Play with a celebrity
  • Playing against a well-known personality on the tables gives you a chance to speak to them and ask them questions as well as playing poker against them
  • Points to spend in shop
  • A loyalty scheme whereby players earn points for playing poker depending on rake/fees paid, they can then exchange those points for physical items often related to poker or the brand, you can normally use them for entry to some tournaments too

Rake Race

A race over a set period of time – often 1 week or 1 month – whereby players who earn the most poker points get a share of a prize pool paid for by the brand.

Rake Back

Players who play real money poker get a % of the rake and fees they pay back in cash.

Guaranteed Tournaments

Tournaments with a prize pool of a guaranteed amount, even if there aren’t that many entries, this amount will be paid out to the winners.

VIP Club

Players who earn a set number of points during a month get promoted to VIP level and get extra benefits such as higher rake back, more match bonus offers and more poker points for every €1 in rake/fees paid.

Refer a Friend

If an existing player recommends the site, they get a cash bonus if their friend signs up, deposits and earns x poker points.

Bad Beat Jackpot

When a player on a cash table uses both hole cards but loses with a very good hand – often 4 of a kind 8’s or better – they win % of a jackpot and the rest is split between the winner of hand and those at the table at the time.

Challenges

Players are given bonuses for achieving a challenge at cash tables such as being dealt each pocket pair, winning with 72o – the worst starting hand etc.

Royal Flush Bonus

If a player gets a Royal Flush using both hole cards, they can claim for a bonus.

As you can see, there are many varieties of bonus when it comes to playing poker, many more than are available for casino and sports betting, so have a think about the one/s you would like the most and choose your site accordingly.

Here we list the top 6 poker rooms. You can read the review to get the latest bonuses and promotions for each:

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Punto Banco Baccarat

There are 2 versions of Punto Banco Baccarat, one with a large table that can seat up to 14 players all playing against the banker, and a small version where there is just 1 player at a time.

 
In our Punto Banco how to play article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point within the article.
 

 

The majority of online sites have the smaller version, in both cases, it is 1 player against the banker and even if there are other players at the table you don’t need to worry about what they get.

Punto Banco Baccarat table

An example of a table layout for Punto Banco Baccarat is shown above.

Punto Banco Rules

As in all versions of Baccarat, Aces are worth 1 point, a 10 and all face cards 0 points and all numerical cards equal their face value. The aim of the game is to score as high as possible up to a maximum of nine. It is worth remembering that in Baccarat, only the last digit of the total counts, therefore if your cards add up to 17, the value of the hand is 7.

The game is played with either 6 or 8 decks of cards depending on the casino where you are playing, and the suits don’t make a difference to the outcome.

Your main decisions are how much to bet and whether to bet on who will get the highest total – the player, banker or whether their scores will be tied.

Once bets have been placed, 2 cards are dealt face up to the player and to the banker. If either has a score of 8 or 9 – or 18 or 19 s only the last digit counts – then the game ends here and winnings paid.

If neither the player or banker has an 8 or a 9, a 3rd card can be dealt depending on what each has.
 
As a general rule:
 

  • If the player has a 6 or a 7, the banker will draw a 3rd card if they have a total of between 0 and 5.
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  • If the player has a total of between 0 and 5, they will draw a 3rd card.

 
If the player draws a 3rd card, the banker may also draw a 3rd card according to the rules below:
 

  • If the banker has a total of 0, 1 or 2 they will always draw a 3rd card.
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  • If the banker has a total of 3, they will draw a 3rd card unless the player’s 3rd card was an 8.
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  • If the banker has a total of 4, they will draw a 3rd card unless the player’s 3rd card was either a 0, 1, 8 or 9.
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  • If the banker has a total of 5, they will draw a 3rd card unless the player’s 3rd card was either a 4, 5, 6 or 7.
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  • If the banker has a total of 6, they will draw a 3rd card unless the player’s 3rd card was either a 6 or 7.
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  • If the banker has a total of 7, the banker will always stand and no 3rd card is drawn.

 
Once the above has been completed, the winner of the hand is announced, whoever has the highest total is the winner and bets paid out on anyone who bet on them. If the scores are level, bets are paid on the tie.

Strategy Punto Banco

It isn’t necessary to remember all the above requirements as the casino will automatically deal hands, it is useful however to remember it and a handy little table is shown below with details on when the banker needs the 3rd card:
 

3rd Player card
Bankers Total0123456789
7SSSSSSSSSS
6SSSSSSHHSS
5SSSSHHHHSS
4SSHHHHHHSS
3HHHHHHHHSH
2HHHHHHHHHH
1HHHHHHHHHH
0HHHHHHHHHH

S = Banker Stands H = Banker Hits
 

In terms of payouts, if you bet on the player and they have the highest score, you win your bet at odds of 1 to 1. So a £10 bet sees you return £20.
 
If you bet on the banker and they have the highest score, you win your bet at odds of 1 to 1 but pay a 5% commission to the house. Therefore, a £10 bet sees you return £19.50.
 
If you bet on the tie and the scores are level, you win the bet at odds of either 8 to 1 or 9 to 1 depending on the casino. Therefore, your return from a £10 bet will be either £90 or £100.
 
Despite the higher odds for a tie, the likelihood is less than 1 in 10 and therefore represents the worst bet of the 3.
 
The chances of each bet coming in on Punto Banco Baccarat are shown in the table below:
 

ResultNo. of CombinationsProbability
Banker Win2,292,252,566,437,888 45.8597 %
Player Win2,230,518,282,592,256 44.6247 %
Tie 475,627,426,473,216 9.5156 %
Total4,998,398,275,503,360100 %

 
As you can see from the above table, the most likely outcome is the banker to win, however with the 5% charged by the casino on this bet, in the long term the best option will be to bet on the player.
 
As Punto Banco Baccarat is a pure game of chance and no skill is involved and each bet is favored towards the casino, we recommend playing it just as a bit of fun as opposed to trying to win money.

Tips

Bet the Banker – As with most other types of Baccarat, the Banker bet in Punto Banco Baccarat is the best one in terms of house edge, even with the commission factored in. Therefore, the majority of your bets should be on this, some players always bet the Banker until it loses, wait for 1 round and then start again hoping for a winning streak.
 
Avoid the Tie – Although the Tie offers the best odds by far, this bet also has the highest house edge and should be avoided at all costs – in the long run, you will lose more than if you bet on the Banker and/or Player.
 
Control you bankroll – As in any game at a casino, when you start a session of Punto Banco Baccarat, ensure you have a bankroll that will last at least 40 or so hands to ensure you maximize your chances of winning the session and enjoying it at the same time.

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