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Baccarat is one of South Africa’s biggest card games, praised for its simplicity and its short learning curve. You can play this game in major brick-and-mortar casinos across ZA, but if you want the best experience, with the fastest dealers, slickest graphics, and most innovative features, look no further than ZA.

We are an award-winning, feature-rich online casino with hundreds of different games for you to choose from, including several versions of virtual and Live Casino Baccarat. You can play these games as soon as you have a ZA account, but if you need a little more information and a nudge in the right direction, take a look at this Baccarat guide.

Rules: How to Play Baccarat?

There are several different variations of this game, including something known as Baccarat Chemin de Fer, but the vast majority of online and offline casinos in English-speaking countries use something known as Punto Banco.

Roughly translated as “Player Banker”, it’s a simple variant with just three possible betting outcomes and some basic rules to follow. If you can get to grips with the following hand values and game structure, you’re ready to start playing!

  • Table Layout: Unlike Roulette, Sic Bo, and Craps, the Baccarat table is very simple and straightforward. As you take a seat opposite the dealer, you will see three spaces in front of you: Tie Bet, Banker, and Player. In the middle of the table, you’ll also see the total payout for a Tie Bet, with the game’s limits and cards off to one side.
  • Hand Values: All cards are assigned a point value. For cards 2 through to 9, the point value is the same as the face value (2 points for a 2 of Clubs; 3 points for a 3 of Hearts, and so on). Aces score 1 point and everything else (10, Jack, Queen, King) scores 10 points. If the final score is two digits then only the second digit is counted.
  • The Deal: A hand of Baccarat is known as a “Coup”. It begins when two cards are dealt face-up to each player. If a score of 8 or 9 is earned at this stage, the game ends and the hand with the highest score is declared the winner. For instance, if the Banker shows 9 and the Player shows 8, the Banker wins. If they both show 9, it is a Tie. Additional drawing rules apply based on the position held by the Banker and Player:
    • The Player has a score of between 0 and 5 = Player draws a third card. When the Player takes a third card, the Banker also draws a third card if:
      1. The Banker’s total is 2 or less.
      2. The Banker’s total is 3 and the Player’s total is not 8.
      3. The Banker’s total is 4 and the Player’s third card is not 0, 1, 8, or 9.
      4. The Banker’s total is 5 and the Player’s third card is 4, 5, 6, or 7.
      5. The Banker’s total is 6 and the Player’s third card is 6 or 7.
    • If the Player does not draw a third card, the Banker stands on 6 or more and draws on 5 or less.
  • Side Bets: Like all good card games, Baccarat offers players several side betting options. The most popular side bets are known as Player Pair and Banker Pair. With these bets, you’re wagering on whether the first two cards (for either the Player or Banker) will match. For instance, if you bet on Player Pair and they show a 5h and 5c, you win, and the payout is an impressive 12 to 1!

Sample Hands

6 + 6 = 12Hand counts as 2
4 + 4 + 5 = 13Hand counts as 3
10 + 9 = 19Hand is a 9, known as a “natural”
Queen + Ace + 4 = 15Hand counts as 

Baccarat Odds and Payouts

Baccarat is a very unique casino game in that it features some of the lowest and highest odds—not bad for a game with only 3 betting options!

The lowest odds are available on the Banker bet and are fixed at just 1.06%, making this the best bet in the game and putting it on par with some of the lowest odds in French Roulette and Blackjack.

The next lowest option is the Player bet, where the odds are fixed at just 1.24%. In theory, you have a better chance of winning with a Banker bet, but in practice, the difference is so low that you are unlikely to notice it during a single session at the table.

The payouts for the Banker and Player bets are 5/4 and 6/5 respectively, which just leaves the Tie Bet, and this is where things take a turn for the worse!

At either 8-1 or 9-1 (depending on the variant) the Tie Bet has by far the highest payout in the game, returning a win of R1.000 for a R100 bet. However, the odds of this bet landing are between 4.85% and 14.4%, which means that it’s like a decent slot machine at best and a terrible Craps bet at worse.

Top 3 Baccarat Strategies

Betting strategies help to add a little certainty and order to something that is uncertain and disordered. They can’t guarantee success, but if you use them properly, they might help to improve your ROI when compared to random, thoughtless betting patterns.

With that said, here are the simplest and most popular betting strategies for Baccarat.

  1. Bet On The Banker

    As discussed above, the Banker bet has the lowest house edge of any Baccarat outcome and it even trumps many other card games and games of chance.

    This strategy requires you to place repeated Banker bets, which in turn means you can benefit from the best odds-to-payout ratio in the game. Of course, you can mix it up every now and then if you want—a Tie or Player bet here and then, a Side Bet or two—but you should stick with Banker bets for the majority of your session.

  2. Don’t Bet On A Tie

    As the name suggests, this strategy is less about what you should do and more about what you shouldn’t do.

    It’s all about avoiding the Tie, as it’s a bet that has the highest house edge, which means it gives you the smallest chance of success.

  3. Money Management

    Whatever strategy you choose, it’s important to practice proper bankroll management. This is something that all professional gamblers have in common, whether they’re playing Live Casino Hold’em, Roulette, or Baccarat. It’s crucial to know how much you are winning and losing and to make sure you never deposit and stake more than you can afford to lose.

    Set yourself a monthly budget, do what you can to stick to it, and refrain from reloading your account until the next bankroll period begins.

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Visit our promotions page for more information on these bonuses and countless others. We have some of the most generous offers and the most favourable wagering requirements in the iGaming industry, but we still recommend taking a look at our Terms and Conditions to check these rules before you apply.

If you have any questions about a particular bonus, consult our Help section above.

Help and Support

As simple as Baccarat is, you may encounter issues from time to time. These are common, so don’t get frustrated and don’t give up, just take a look at one of the support options below to get the help that you need.

  1. Live Dealer Support: Not sure what your score is or what you should be doing? Just ask the dealers—that’s one of the joys of playing Live Casino games! In all games of Baccarat, your score will be mentioned or displayed on the screen, and the Dealer will act in accordance with the game’s rules. If you have any questions about the game or their moves, just ask them directly!
  2. In-Game Help: Every ZA game features a “hamburger menu” that displays the in-game help file. This is like a manual for the game and it includes information on rules, side bets, payouts, and more. If you’re struggling to understand the game, just click this icon and see what it says.
  3. Customer Support: The ZA support team is available 24/7 and can help you with any question, query, or issue that you have. You can contact our dedicated team via Live Chat, email, or telephone and get help with hands of Baccarat.

Online Baccarat FAQ

How Do You Win at Baccarat?

Baccarat is a game of chance, so there’s no magic strategy that will ensure your success with every hand that you play. However, by sticking to a modest budget, gambling responsibly, and using some of the tips we mentioned above, you can keep losses low and profits high.

What’s the Best Strategy for Baccarat?

In a game of Baccarat, it’s best to take sides. Don’t sit on the fence, don’t take a Tie, and always choose the Player or Banker. This is where you’ll find the best odds.

How you place those bets is entirely up to you, but many players like to keep things interesting by alternating between these two betting options.

Has Anyone Won at Baccarat?

Many people have won at Baccarat. In fact, this game is very popular with professional Poker and Blackjack players, and the internet is awash with stories of Poker superstars who won big playing high-roller Baccarat in their downtime.

You’re not guaranteed success, and there is no sure-fire way to secure consistent wins. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. But if you stick to the Baccarat strategies mentioned in this guide, the likelihood of getting a return increases significantly.

Is It Safe to Play Baccarat at Mansioncasino.Com ZA? ZA is the safest site in South Africa! That’s a pretty bold statement, we know, but it’s one that’s backed by the best SSL certificates and the strictest casino licenses. We also work with legitimate payment providers and developers to guarantee the fairness and safety of every hand.

Can I Play Baccarat on My Mobile?

Yes! In fact, this is one of the best ways to play. All games at ZA are supported on mobile, and that’s true for most devices, platforms, and browsers.

Simply access the casino on your device, log in to your account, and you’re ready to start playing! Our mobile games are tailormade for smaller screens and gaming-on-the-go.

They’re fun, and they don’t sacrifice quality or security for the sake of convenience. Just make sure you connect to a secure connection, don’t give your password to anyone, and gamble responsibly at all times.

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Whether you’re playing premium online games in a stylish Live Dealer casino or enjoying a few hands of virtual Punto Banco, you’re always guaranteed a good time with Baccarat. And whatever your budget, preference, and level of experience, if you’re looking for the best Baccarat destination in South Africa, look no further than ZA.

Explore our selection of Baccarat titles and watch this classic card game come to life before your eyes. If you already have a ZA account, just add some funds, and start playing. If not, registration takes just a few minutes—it’s quick, easy, and secure.

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