Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus Explained


Live dealer casinos are getting more and more popular because they enable players to experience some of the glitz and glamour of land casinos. This may come as a surprise, but live dealer baccarat is more popular than the other live casino games. This is because there are a number of exciting variants on offer that are not available at the RNG based platforms. These variations make the baccarat game play more exciting, but a small sacrifice in the average return has to be made. One such live baccarat game is Baccarat Dragon Bonus that can be played at Microgaming online casinos like Roxy Palace, Royal Vegas and Spin Palace.

Baccarat Dragon Bonus is usually played with eight decks. You start by placing the main bet and the side bet together. You cannot place only the Dragon Bonus side bet and there is no point playing this live baccarat game is you are not playing the side bet. The game is played in exactly the same way as the Punto Banco RNG based games. The only difference is that you have a human dealer actually dealing the cards from a real shoe for both the Player hand and the Banker hand as per the rules of the game. Once the hands have been dealt the live dealer will declare which hand has won, Player or Banker, and the margin of the win. It is the margin of the win that determines the side bet payout in Baccarat Dragon Bonus.

The main game bet pays out in the same way as normal online baccarat. The Dragon Bonus side bet payout is discussed in detail below. If the winning hand is a natural then the payout is even money, irrespective of the margin of win. Otherwise, the winning hand has to have a margin of at least 4 points in order to pay out. A margin of 4 points pays 1 to 1; a margin of 5 points pays 2 to 1; a margin of 6 points pays 4 to 1; a margin of 7 points pays 6 to 1; a margin of 8 points pays 10 to 1 and a margin of 9 points pays 30 to 1. If both hands get a natural then the side bet pushes. All other ties go to the house. It is because of this last rule that the average in Live Dealer Baccarat Dragon Bonus is slightly lower.