The idea of progressive jackpots is typically associated with lottery games and online slots but baccarat fans now have the opportunity to win such a great jackpot with Playtech’s Progressive Baccarat. This is a live dealer game that uses 8 decks of cards and is played much like the standard version of baccarat – what makes it really stand out, however, is the constantly increasing jackpot prize that can be won at any time by some lucky player.
Rules and Gameplay
Progressive Baccarat plays just like the other live baccarat versions by Playtech – the cards are dealt from an 8-deck shoe and up to 7 players could be seated at the table. Once everyone places their chips on the table, the game starts with the dealer dealing two cards to the Player hand and another two cards to the Banker. A third card is dealt to the Player if the value of the hand is 5 or less; the third card drawing rules for the Banker are standard, as well.
Winning Player bets pay evenly (1:1) while winning Banker bets pay 0.95:1, which is even money with the standard 5% commission. Winning Tie bets, on the other hand, pay out 8:1. But this is not all, as there are several side bets available. The Player/Banker Pair (11:1), the Either Pair (5:1), and the Perfect Pair (25:1) win whenever one or both hands comprise of same-value cards.
There are several other side bets that are typical for most baccarat games by Playtech. Players have the option to bet on the total value of all cards on the table with the Small (when cards have a value of 4) and the Big (when all cards total 5 or 6) bets. While the Big wager pays 0.54:1, the payout for the Small bet is better at 1.5:1. The Egalite Extra bets can also be placed – here, you can bet on the specific number the Player and the Banker hands will Tie. The payout depends on that number and it is from 45:1 to 220:1.
What makes this game truly unique, however, is the side bet for the progressive jackpot. It is optional and with it, players bet on a very specific outcome of the game round. To be more precise, the progressive jackpot is won only when an Ace and an 8 of the same suit, spades, for example, are dealt to both the Player and the Banker. There are several other bonus payouts, however:
- A-8, A-8 of Spades – Progressive Jackpot
- A-8 of Spades, A-8 of Hearts – 10,000:1
- A-8 Mixed, A-8 Mixed – 1,000:1
- Tie on 9 – 25:1
- Tie on 8 – 20:1
- Tie on 7 – 15:1
- Tie on 6 – 10:1
The progressive jackpot in a baccarat game is unique to Playtech so players who are looking for a chance to win big while playing a simple card game should try it out.