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The wombat says: Dragon Tiger Baccarat by Switch Studios (and Microgaming) is the latest card game from these slick games makers who were also behind Vegas Strip Blackjack and Vegas Downtown Blackjack variants.
I have just been on our 24k Dragon slot machine, so I was initially thinking that this was a slot game, but no, we are heading to the tables.
Let’s slip into something fancy like a tuxedo, Wombat fans – as Dragon Tiger is a slick version of Baccarat (James Bond’s favourite game). It’s fast paced and very exciting and it’s also pretty popular in Asia. For this reason, instead of having a Player and Banker, this particular version features the two traditionally auspicious animals as opponents in the game.
It’s time to play…
Look and Feel
Slick and stylish in red and gold – this sums up the game design here. The table features a wide, almost burgundy colour, while the tiger and the dragon are drawn up on the baize and gilded in traditional-Chinese style.
We really do like these collaborations with smaller design studios that Microgaming are working on. The Jurassic World Raptor Riches slot is another example.
Customisable score card information is available to the left of the game play area and here you can choose to see bet history and win amounts of both players. Your choice of chips can be found underneath the table, too.
Dragon Tiger also uses the card squeeze mechanic that will give you a bit of a thrill as the cards are dealt – turn the function onto manual and you can click on the next hand.
Another nice-looking table game. We say: ‘Well done to Switch Studios!’
Dragon Tiger is similar to Baccarat but not identical, so read this bit carefully: The game uses eight decks of 52 cards each, and the main aim of the game is to guess the winning hand (either Dragon or Tiger), which is 9, or as close to 9 as possible. Ace is worth 1, Cards 2 – 10 are worth their face value, Queens are worth 12 and Kings are worth 13.
Before each deal you must place a bet on a hand – either the Dragon’s or the Tiger’s. The Dragon’s hand is always dealt his cards first. You can place your bets starting from 5.00 to 100.00 coins per round.
The game also comes with 2 sidebets which are a more volatile option if you are looking to up the ante. These will pay out heaps more than the two main bets.
Tie bet – You’ll scoop a win here if the Dragon’s and Tiger’s hands are equal in rank. Wins will pay out 8 to 1.
Suited Tie bet – You’ll win this bet if the Dragon’s and Tiger’s hands are equal in both rank and suit. Wins will pay out at a pretty chunky 50 to 1.
As you can see these are on the riskier side – so make sure you’ve got the balance to see you through!
If you feel like a break from slot spinning from time to time – then this stylish table game could be right up your street. Switch Studios’ Dragon Tiger brings you a simple, fast paced and exciting variant of Baccarat game, that you can play in your ruddy pajamas. So what’s not to like?
Pour me a Martini, Mrs Wombat you tiger – shaken not stirred…