Streamed from several different casino studios, Mini Baccarat is live dealer baccarat game by Playtech, which is played on a traditional mini table. The game offers a single betting position and, therefore, much faster gameplay.
In terms of design, overlay functionality, and streaming quality, this version of baccarat is exceptional – it is easy to play, available to all devices, and with a wide betting range that would suit most players. The game has three different tables, namely Mini Baccarat, Crystal Mini Baccarat, and Sapphire Mini Baccarat.
Rules and Gameplay
Playtech’s Mini Baccarat follows the rules of regular baccarat and offers the same payouts for the main wagers. It is played with 8 decks of 52 cards each but unlike most live games, it has only one betting position and the game pays out automatically to all winning players. The cards are counted the standard way – those from 2 through 9 count as their face values, cards from 10 through King have no point value, and Aces are worth 1.
The aim is to predict which hand, the Player or the Banker, will have a value closer to 9 or whether the round will be a Tie. Winning Player and Banker bets pay even money (with a 5% commission charged on Banker bets), while those who have wagered on a Tie and won receive a payout of 8:1. As usual, the Player hand draws an additional card when having 5 or less. The Third Card Rule for the Banker is standard, as well.
This simple, fast-paced game comes with a nice range of side bets that offer very attractive payouts of up to 150:1. Of course, these optional wagers also have a higher house edge, i.e. their theoretical Return to Player is lower. These include Player/Banker Pair, Perfect Pair and Either Pair, which win if one of the hands comprises of a mixed or a perfect pair. With the Big/Small side wagers, players bet on the total value of all cards dealt in the round.
In addition, Playtech’s Mini Baccarat offers the Egalite Extra side bets, which are quite interesting. With them, players bet on a specific Tie between the Player and the Banker hands – the top payout of 220:1 is given when the two hands Tie on 2, for example. Here are the payouts for all side bets in this game:
- Player/Banker Pair – 11:1
- Big – 0.54:1
- Small – 1.5:1
- Either Pair – 5:1
- Perfect Pair – 25:1
- Egalite Extra – 45:1 to 220:1
As with all live baccarat tables by Playtech, Mini Baccarat also comes with detailed statistics, displayed in five different scorecards. This allows baccarat fans to track results and look for trends.