Baccarat

Baccarat (correctly pronounced “BAH-kah-rah”) has long been a favorite card game of high rollers,
but even many more budgeted players as well!
The rules are incredibly simple and can be mastered in a few minutes.
The object of baccarat is to correctly predict whether the banker’s hand will win,
the player’s hand will win, or the game will result in a tie.
The value of a hand is determined by adding the values of its individual cards.
Tens and face cards count as zero, while all other cards count as their numerical value.
After summing the total, only the last digit is used. Therefore,
baccarat hands all have values from 0 – 9. The hand with the higher value wins.
If the hands have the same value, the game results in a tie. Initially,
both the banker and the player are dealt two cards. If the two initial cards total 8 or 9,
the hand is called a “natural”, and the game will end at that point. Otherwise,
standard Baccarat “third card rules” (that Queen’s Club players need not remember) determine
if a hand should receive a third and final card.

Winning bets on the player’s hand are paid at 1:1 odds.
A 5% commission is charged on winnings as a result of a bet on the banker,
making the net odds on banker bets 0.95 to 1.
A winning wager on a tie bet is paid at 8:1odds.
If the game does result in a tie, bets on the banker or player are returned.

How to Choose an Online Casino?

All Casinos have policies about how much you can cash out and when. Normally, adjustments are made to your credit card up to the original amount you deposited. If your winnings are greater than your deposit the casino will send you a check. They will send the check by a courier, but there is always an additional fee for that service. Some online casinos also offer bank wire transfers and some even allow use of e-cash companies such as Neteller or Pay Pal. Make sure to read the casino’s info on withdrawals before starting to play.

Things to look for at the casino website
Games variety – does the casino have the games you are looking for?
Payout percentage – at least 95%
Banking options – are you satisfied with the withdrawal/deposit options?
Customer support – 24 hours and toll free numbers

Getting the casino on your computer – The standard procedure is to download a package from one
of the online casinos and run the software. Within the software there are usually a couple of options,
and you can probably play a selection of the games for free before you register.
There are also no-download required casinos (Java based of Flash) that give you the possibility to
start playing immediately.

Download or No-Download
If you just want to try online gambling, it is best that you play at a no-download casino.
No-download casinos give you the possibility to start playing immediately.
Download casinos require a 10 to 60 minutes of downloading, but they usually have better
graphics and better sound. So if you want to play regularly, downloading is recommended.

What Games does the Casino Offer?
Go to the casino website and check out the games it offers; does the variety of games satisfy you?
(Some casinos offer 10 games while others offer 60 games).
Most casinos even give you the chance to preview the games on their website;
check it and see if you like the casino graphics.
If you like to chat and play with real players there are casinos which offer multi-player
casino software.

Does the Casino have a Sign-Up Bonus?
Check the casino bonus on the casino website. Don’t rely only on bonus information from
sites and portals like ours (since the information is not always updated).
Check the bonus rules; most casinos require that you wager both the bonus and the deposit 3 to 8 times.
If you can’t find the bonus rules on the website, e-mail their customer support.

Payout Percentage
Again, don’t rely only on the payout percentage lists which appear in sites and portals like ours.
Check the information on the casino website. See who are the auditors; is it the casino
itself or is it an external company (like “Price Water Cooperhouse”).

Banking – Deposit and Withdrawals
Casinos offer you several ways to deposit money: credit cards, checks, money order or wire transfer.
Some even offer services such as Pay Pal or Fire Pay. See if the casino offers the appropriate way for you.
See what are the possibilities that the casino gives for withdrawals.
Check how quickly can you receive your winnings and whether you have to pay an additional fee.
Don’t play at a casino which doesn’t contain any banking information on its website.
Checking the banking information is very important, so don’t be hasty, it is worth the effort.

Customer Support
All casinos have a support page at their website (if they don’t get the hell out of their website).
Almost everybody gives an e-mail address for support. That’s not enough! Go to casinos which offer
toll free numbers. Check them out before even downloading – are they answering or is there an
answering machine. Ask them a few questions to see how serious are they.

Online Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean stud poker is simply a different variety of poker. The game starts with each player placing an ante bet. Everyone is then given five cards, including the dealer. Players’ cards are dealt face down, but the dealer has one face-up card and four face down.

You have to decide whether to fold or raise based on the dealer’s face-up card. Twice your ante must be put in the raise box if you decide to raise. This is referred to as the call bet. It’s a good idea to make a call bet if you have a pair or an ace and king and the same card as the dealer’s face-up card.

You lose your bet and your cards if you fold. You may want to fold if you have less than an ace and a king.

The dealer shows his cards after all bets have been placed. The dealer folds if he doesn’t have at least an ace and a king or a better poker hand. Each player would then be paid even money for their ante bet and call bets are classified as a push.

But if the dealer can continue to play, their hand is compared to each player’s hand. If the dealer wins, the house collects the ante bet and any other bets. Players are paid even money on their ante bet if they win. The list below outlines the payoff schedule for call bets if you win:

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 20 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
3 of a Kind 3 to 1
2 Pair 2 to 1
1 Pair 1 to 1

Blackjack Rules

To win the game of blackjack, you must get your card point total as close to 21 as possible (but not over 21), beating the dealer’s total.

Card values
Numbered cards – face value
Face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) – 10
Aces – 1 or 11, whatever benefits you more

How to play
First, you place your bet. Then, the dealer deals two cards to you and one to himself. The dealer gives himself a second face-down card. You must decide if you will get a hit, or take another card, or pass to the dealer.

If you choose to take a hit, the dealer gives you another card and then asks if you want to hit or stand. This keeps happening until you achieve your desired total or bust.

If the dealer’s face up card is greater than seven, you have good odds if you hit on a total of 12 to 16. It is wise to stand if your cards total 17 or more.

If your card point value exceeds 21, you lose the game. In a tie, there is no winner or loser. If the dealer busts and your total is less than or equal to 21, you win. In a scenario where neither you or the dealer’s total is over 21, the higher hand wins. If you better the dealer, you win even money.

Methods of playing
Splitting pairs
You can split when your first two cards are of the same value, like a pair of eights. To do this, you must make another bet equal to your first bet. Then, you can play them as separate hands. When splitting Aces, you only get one more card on each hand, and getting 21 is not usually considered blackjack.

Doubling down
Doubling down means you can double your original bet. This can happen after you get your first two cards. If you choose this method, the dealer will only give you one more card and then draw the cards he needs to make up his own hand.

Blackjack
A blackjack is achieved when the first two cards dealt to you or the dealer are an Ace and a card worth 10. Payoffs for blackjack are three to two.

Insurance
In some casinos, you will be asked if you want insurance when the dealer’s face-up card is an ace. This will cost half of your original bet. If the dealer gets blackjack, your insurance bet pays two to one, equaling what you lost on the original bet.