When we first laid eyes on this Live Baccarat game, we immediately thought of a concert with Burt: the legendary composer and songwriter of some of this furry wombat’s most favourite 60s’ sing-a-long songs including Magic Moments and What’s New Pussycat ( belted out by that cheeky Welsh crooner Tom Jones). But that’s Bacharach, isn’t it? He can’t even spell his own name!
Imagine our delight here at Wombat Towers when we thought someone had finally got round to making a game all about the pop wizard? That joy Wombat Fans, was matched only by the excitement we felt upon realising that the game was in fact Live Baccarat – an online version of the rather glamorous table game, made famous by Ian Fleming’s 007 films.
So it’s time to put your dinner suit or your best frock on my friends. We are going to turn up the glamour dial to number 10 and head to the tables. Let’s take a look at this Live Baccarat game, and see if we can’t beat James at his own game with a few hefty wins!
Look and Feel
As we’ve come to expect from Microgaming, the design of Live Baccarat is on point with clear images, extra-large icons and the choice between Casino View and Game View – depending on whether you prefer to look the at the dealer, or keep your eyes on the card action on the table.
There’s also a very detailed bet History section that lets you see how you’ve fared in previous games. It’s presented in the form of 5 scoreboards that show results for each round in the current set of cards.
For more info on how to play and to access the stats and settings Wombat Fans, click on the help icon.
Right then Wombat fans, you’ll be to facing off against a rather good looking Live Dealer across the custom red table (on your device of your choice, this game is optimised for all of them).
The game follows the classic baccarat rules whereby you can place a bet on either the Player, the Banker and a Tie bet.
If you’ve ever been to Macau, you’ll know that this game is especially popular in Asia, and is in fact one of the games of choice for high rollers around the world? Why? Well, it’s all down to the speed of the game and the low house edge.
The dealer deals 2 hands, one to the Banker and one to the Player. 2 cards each are offered to each. Once the 2 cards are dealt to both, points are calculated. Each card is worth its face value, except for 10 and the royal cards, which are worth zero points. In the case of double-digit points, it’s the last digit that actually counts. For example, if you land 13 points, it’s only the last digit, 3, which will make up your score.
Live Baccarat also has an Autobet feature, which is perfect if you’re feeling a bit lazy or fancy making a cup of tea, so you can line up your play for a few rounds before stepping away from your device. Sweet!
Odds and payouts
If you place a Banker or Player bet and win, you’ll scoop 1:1 (minus a 5-percent commission). Winning a Tie bet will pay you out 8:1. And aside from the normal wagers, there are also the following side bets:
Player/Banker Pair. Bag an extra payout of 11:1 if you place a respective side bet and the Player or Banker’s hand is comprised of cards of the same denomination. Whooo-hoo!
Player Bonus. This side bet wins if the Player’s hand is of a higher value than the Banker’s. The actual payout depends on the point margin between the two hands. So, if the Player’s hand scores 8 and Banker has 2 points, the Player wins by six points and is paid at 4:1 odds. Smart.
A good online version of this ever popular table game. As there is only 20 seconds between each deal, the pace is very fast and the ‘Live’ dealer element really does immerse you right into the casino vibe.