The object of EZ Bacarrat is to assemble two hands of two or three cards with a point value as close to nine as possible.
To begin the game, players make a wager on Player, Dealer, or Tie (Base Game Wager) or a combination of the above. Players that have placed a Base Game Wager may also place a Dragon 7 bet (three card winning Bank hand totaling 7 points).
All wagers must be between the minimum and maximum table limit. Wagers are resolved as follows: In the case of a Bank win, Bank wagers are paid 1 to 1. Player, Tie and Dragon 7 wagers lose. In the case of a Player win, Player wagers are paid 1 to 1. Bank, Tie and Dragon 7 wagers lose. In the case of a Tie, Tie wagers are paid 8 to 1. Bank and Player wagers push and Dragon 7 wagers lose. In the case of a Dragon 7, Dragon 7 wagers are paid 40 to 1. Bank wagers push, Player and Tie wagers lose.
The game features a rotating player/dealer position that collects from all losers and pays all winners to the extent that their wager covers the action. The object of the game is to form a hand that equals nine or as close to it as possible. The player’s hand is compared with the player/dealer’s hand. The hand closest to 9 wins.
A standard deck of 52 cards is utilized in a multiple deck shoe. A minimum of three decks and a maximum of eight decks can be used during the play of the game. There are no Jokers. All cards 2 through 9 hold their face value, while 10, J, Q and K have a value of zero. The ace has a value of one.
A hand with cards whose sum is in double figures is ranked with the tens digit ignored. For example, a hand totaling 18 would count as eight.
The Tie bet pays 8 to 1 if the player/dealer and Player hands tie. A player may only place a tie bet wager if they have also placed either a player line wager or a dealer line wager prior to the initial deal. Seated players as well as back-line bettors may place a tie bet wager. The tie wager may be less than, equal to, or greater than the base game wager. However, the tie bet wager cannot exceed the table limit. In the event that the player’s hand and the player-dealer’s hand are not of the same value, the player-dealer will win the tie bet wager.
Dragon 7 Bonus Bet EZ Baccarat plays the same way as regular baccarat except that it eliminates the odds differential between Player Line and Dealer Line wagers and replaces it by “barring” one specific winning Bank hand (the winning Bank hand consisting of three cards and totaling seven points). The appearance of this hand is the Dragon 7. Customers can make an insurance bet—the Dragon 7 bet—which pays 40 to 1 when the three card winning Bank hand totaling 7 points occurs.
A player may only place a Dragon 7 wager if they have also placed either a player line wager or a dealer line wager prior to the initial deal. Seated players as well as back-line bettors may place a Dragon 7 wager. The Dragon 7 wager may be less than, equal to, or greater than the base game wager.
At the start of a game a player is offered the player-dealer position. Once accomplished, the casino dealer shall wait for each player to make their wager (within posted table limits) on base game as well as any bonus bets. Once all wagers are placed, the house dealer deals one card to the right and one card to the left, one by one in rotation, until each hand has a total of two cards each. All cards are dealt face up.
The hand to the left of the house dealer is a community hand that belongs to those that placed a bet on the dealer line. The hand to the right of the house dealer is a community hand that belongs to those that placed a bet on the player line. The decision, if any, is made by the player’s betting on the Player hand and then the Dealer’s hand is resolved. The position that is closest to 9 wins.
A Natural 8 or 9 is accomplished when the first two cards of the player or dealer’s hand has a value of eight or nine. When this occurs, the other hand will not be allowed to draw an additional card.
After the cards are dealt, the closest to 9 will be declared the winner and all winners will be paid and all losers will have their wagers awarded to the player/ dealer.
Game Rules: After the casino dealer delivers the first two cards to both the Player Line and Dealer Line, the following Baccarat rules are followed. The player hand must stand when their hand is valued at 6 through 9, and must hit when the hand is valued at 5 or less. If the player stands, then the dealer hand hits on a total of 5 or less.
If the player does hit for a complete hand then the dealer hand hits using the following rules: If the dealer’s hand total is 3, then the dealer hand is dealt a third card unless the player’s third card was an 8. If the dealer’s hand total is 4, then the dealer hand is dealt a third card unless the player’s third card was a 0, 1, 8, or 9. If the dealer’s hand total is 5, then the dealer hand is dealt a third card if the player’s third card was 4, 5, 6, or 7. If the dealer’s hand total is 6, then the dealer hand is dealt a third card if the players third card was a 6 or 7.
Once all cards have been dealt, the hand with the highest total point count is declared the winner. In the case where both hands have an equal point count, the hand is a Tie.