Online Baccarat Ontario

At Jackpot City Ontario, we aim to offer the broadest possible selection of table games, including one of the world’s oldest and most popular: Baccarat, a fast-paced card game with simple rules and a low house edge. Discover more about how to play online baccarat in Ontario for money on this page.

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Online Baccarat Variations

Jackpot City offers many kinds of online baccarat in Ontario to play, from random number generator (RNG) games to baccarat in a live studio. Each variation has its own features, but the basic aim is always to bet on either on the Player or Banker Hand to win, or on a tie.

Here are the most popular types of online baccarat in Ontario:

  • Punto Banco: The most common type of baccarat, Punto Banco doesn’t require players to take any action during the game. They simply have to bet on a winning hand (Player or Banker). The rules automatically determine whether additional cards are drawn.
  • Chemin de Fer: In this older version of baccarat, players take turns to be the banker. The other players bet together against the Banker Hand. A player is selected to represent the other players against the banker.
  • Baccarat Banque: This baccarat variation is similar to Chemin de Fer, except that the role of banker is auctioned off to the player willing to risk the largest amount.
  • Mini Baccarat: This popular variation is Punto Banco played at a smaller table and often for lower stakes.
  • Live Baccarat: This is live-streamed online baccarat played with a live dealer operating a real baccarat table in a casino studio. Players can place bets and interact with the dealer via a user interface in real time.

Online Baccarat Strategies

Baccarat is a purely chance-based game, so strategy comes down to making good betting decisions and implementing realistic betting systems. Here are some popular strategies to try:

  • Avoid tie bets: At 8:1, the tie bet offers the highest payout, but the house edge is 14.36%. These are unfavorable odds.
  • Bet on the Banker Hand: The Banker Hand has a house edge of 1.06% while the Player Hand has a house edge of 1.24%. The casino levies a 5% commission on winning Banker bets.
  • Martingale System: Double down on losing bets until you win. This will recoup your losses and give you a profit. Go back to your original bet size after a win.
  • Paroli System (Reverse Martingale): Double down on winning bets until you lose or win three bets in a row, whichever comes first.
  • D’Alembert System: Select a betting unit (eg 1% of your bankroll) and place a bet. If you lose the initial bet, increase your next bet by one unit until you win. Then decrease your bet size by one unit.
  • Positive Progression: Increase your bet size by 50% every time you win a bet.
  • Negative Progression: Increase your bet size by 50% every time you lose a bet.

Baccarat Bets and Potential Payouts:

  • Banker Bet: Payout: 1:1 (minus a 5% commission in most cases). House Edge: Approximately 1.06%.
  • Player Bet: Payout: 1:1 (even money). House Edge: Approximately 1.24%.
  • Tie Bet: Payout: 8:1 or 9:1. House Edge: Approximately 14.36%.
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Online Baccarat Terminology

Part of the fun of playing online baccarat in Ontario is learning the lingo that goes with the game. Here are some useful terms:

  • Action - The total amount of money bet on a single round or over a full baccarat session.
  • Baccarat - Meaning “zero” in Italian, baccarat is both the name of the game and a zero-value hand.
  • Banker Bet - When you bet that the Banker Hand will win.
  • Bankroll - The money you have set aside to play baccarat with. Always play responsibly.
  • Commission - Winning banker bets are subject to a 5% commission.
  • Coup - A round of baccarat.
  • Dealer - The person who runs the game and deals the cards.
  • Dragon 7 Bet - A side bet that pays 40:1 if the Banker beats the Player with a three-card total of 7.
  • Face Cards - A jack, queen, or king. These cards are worth 0 in baccarat.
  • House Edge - The casino’s mathematical advantage over the player. Baccarat has a very low house edge.
  • La Grande - Also known as “the Big One”, this is a natural 9, the best hand in baccarat.
  • La Petite - Also known as “the Little One”, this is a natural 8, the second-best hand in baccarat.
  • Natural - When the first two cards dealt are worth 8 or 9.
  • Player Bet - When you bet that the Player Hand will win.
  • Panda 8 Bet - A side bet that pays 25:1 if the Player Hand beats the Banker Hand with a three-card total of 8.
  • Punto Banco - Developed in Argentina in the 1940s, this is the most popular form of baccarat. In most cases, when a casino offers baccarat, it is offering Punto Banco.
  • Push - This is a tie, when the Banker and Player have the same total. The bet is held over until the next round.
  • Shoe - A machine containing 6 or 8 decks of 52 cards. The dealer deals the cards for the game from the shoe.
  • Tie Bet - When you bet that the Player and Banker will have the same value.
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How to Play Online Baccarat

Baccarat Rules

The rules of baccarat are fairly simple. The aim of the game is to bet which one of two hands – the Banker and Player – will have the highest value. A third option is to bet on a tie.

After a betting period, the dealer alternately deals out two cards to two positions on the table marked Banker and Player.

The dealer then announces the value of each hand. The hand closest to 9 is the winner.

  • If either hand is a natural 8 or 9, the round is over and bets are paid out.
  • If the Player hand totals 0-5, the Player draws a third card.
  • If the Player draws no new cards, the Banker draws on 0-5.
  • If the Player draws a third card, the Banker may draw depending on its value:
  • Player’s third card is 9, 10, face-card or Ace – Banker draws on 0-3.
  • Player’s third card is 8 – Banker draws on 0-2.
  • Player’s third card is 6 or 7 – Banker draws on 0-6.
  • Player’s third card is 4 or 5 – Banker draws on 0-5.
  • Player’s third card is 2 or 3 – Banker draws on 0-4.

Once all the cards are dealt, the dealer announces the winning hand.

Bet Types

There are three main bets in baccarat:

  • Banker Bet: Bet that the Banker Hand will beat the Player Hand. Payout: 1:1.
  • Player Bet: Bet that the Player Hand will beat the Banker Hand. Payout: 1:1.
  • Tie Bet: Bet that the Player and Banker Hand will be equal in value. Payout: 8:1.

Many baccarat variants also have side bets, but these don’t affect the outcome of the game.

Card Values

Baccarat card values are as follows:

  • Ace: 1 point
  •  2 to 9: Face value
  •  10s and face cards: 0 points.

If a hand total equals 10 or more, the first digit is dropped. For example: 9 and 6 total 15, which becomes 5. An ace and a 9 total 10, which becomes zero.

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How to Find Online Baccarat Games in Ontario

Jackpot City makes it easy to play online baccarat in Ontario:

  1. Login or sign up on your desktop or mobile device.
  2. Click on “Tables” in the games lobby and search for the baccarat game you want to play.
  3. Alternatively, click on “Live Casino” for live baccarat action.
  4. Load up your chosen title, select the bet you want to place, and click Deal. Alternatively, let the betting period expire.

Online Baccarat on Mobile

At Jackpot City Ontario, we aim to provide a platform that’s compatible with a wide range of mobile devices. Regardless of whether you are an iPhone or Android user, you’re assured of easy access to your favourite games games you want to play from the convenience of your phone.

All titles are optimized to adapt to different screen sizes, ensuring a user-friendly interface and smooth navigation on any device, for a top-tier gaming experience.

Online Baccarat Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bet on Player and Banker at the same time in baccarat in Ontario casinos?

Yes, you can place bets on both the Player and Banker hands simultaneously when you play online baccarat in Ontario. However, it would make little sense to do so, as they would cancel each other out.

Is there a difference between baccarat in physical casinos and online baccarat in Ontario?

The core rules of baccarat stay the same, whether you play in a physical casino or online. However, the gaming experience may be different. For example, online baccarat in Ontario casinos is often more fast paced.

Can I play different types of online baccarat in Ontario for money?

Yes, you can play different types of online baccarat in Ontario. Jackpot City offers a choice between virtual baccarat with random number generator (RNG) software and live baccarat games with live dealers.

What is Commission vs Non-Commission online baccarat in Ontario?

According to standard baccarat rules, baccarat casinos in Ontario charge a 5% commission on winning Banker bets because of the lower house edge. Non-commission baccarat doesn’t charge commission but adjusts to payout on Banker wins to compensate.

What strategies work when you play online baccarat in Ontario in Canada?

Baccarat is a purely chance-based game, so there’s no strategy that’s guaranteed to make a profit. Banker bets have slightly better odds than Player bets. Some players employ betting systems like the Martingale, Paroli, or D’Alembert systems, although there's always a risk of losing money. A common piece of advice is to practice sound bankroll management and set personal bet limits when you play online baccarat in Ontario.