Mini Baccarat is actually played by the same rules as the standard baccarat game. Although minor differences indeed exist, they are truly minor. The table is approximately of the same size as a standard blackjack table, and is manned by a single dealer who is there to handle the cards. The Mini Baccarat table layout is pretty much identical to the regular Baccarat table with each of the seven positions corresponding to a numbered betting box which features the 'banker, 'player' and 'tie' spots.
The most notable distinction between the traditional baccarat game and Mini Baccarat lies in the fact that the latter's limits are much lower and normally range from a $2 to $5 minimum to an up to $500 maximum. Additionally, since Mini Baccarat games are free of the formality traditional baccarat games in Las Vegas casinos typically entail, the game's atmosphere is much more relaxed. This makes Mini Baccarat games a great learning ground for baccarat beginners.
Baccarat players use six or eight card decks. All cards, Ace through nine, are worth their face value. 10's, J's, Q's, K's are worth zero. When the total value of cards in a player's hand equals or exceeds 10, the left digit of the number is disregarded. For instance, if a player happens to hold 9S8C, the ultimate value of the hand is 7 (with the first digit, in this particular case '1,' being dropped). The dealer is in charge of shuffling the cards. After being shuffled the cards are placed in a box referred to as 'the shoe.' Surprisingly enough, the game received its name from its worst possible hand- zero ('baccarat' means zero in Italian).
Another distinction worthy of players' attention is the fact that Mini Baccarat lacks the ritual of passing the shoe box, with the dealer (more accurately called 'croupier' when it comes to baccarat) handling all the dealing action. In Mini Baccarat, players never touch the cards in order to deal. This is why the dealer's central position allowing him to reach all table areas is highly advantageous.
Except the game's pace which is usually faster because there is less money at stake, all other Mini Baccarat procedures are exactly the same as in traditional baccarat play. Players who are not familiar with the game should visit our 'Baccarat Rules' page. Both standard baccarat and its Mini variation are designed to bring players the excitement and pleasure of playing in a virtual environment where anything and everything is possible. Remember, victory has never been more reachable!
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