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Mini Baccarat

Mini Baccarat
by Jason Green of Predictem.com

Mini Baccarat follows the same rules of Baccarat but is smaller in scale. The main difference in Mini Baccarat is that it generally had lower limits than regular Baccarat. The layout of Mini Baccarat is also smaller.

Mini Baccarat has the same rules as American Baccarat, however it allows the players of the game the opportunity to play with lower betting limits and is not as tense as the regular versions as the bets tend to be much lower. Mini Baccarat is the version of Baccarat that you will see in land-based casinos, as well as casinos online.

The table used in Mini Baccarat is smaller than the classic baccarat table. It is about the size of a regular table of Blackjack having seven places for players to sit. The areas on the table of Mini Baccarat are:

- The area for the chip stacks
- Commission Boxes
- The are for placing the Tie bet
- The area for placing the Banker (dealer) bet
- The area for placing the Player bet
- The Shoe

Each Mini Baccarat player has 3 betting areas in front of them that correspond to the seats they are in. The red circle is for the Player bet, the yellow circle is for the Bank bet, and the white number, which is located above the yellow circle, is for the Tie bet.


The Mini Baccarat dealer (croupier) will sit directly opposite of the players in the game. In front of the dealer is a chip rack, as well as a numbered area so they will be able to keep track of the commission that the players sitting in on the game owe the house. The numbers will correspond to the number of the seat that the player is sitting in. The dealer sits in the central location so they will be able to reach all over the Mini Baccarat table. In Baccarat the deal will rotate among the players in the game but in Mini Baccarat the Shoe is never passed, as the dealer always acts as the banker. In Mini Baccarat the dealer is the only person at the table that can touch the cards.

The rules of Mini Baccarat are exactly the same as in American Baccarat.

- The player sitting in on the game bets either on the Banker's (dealer) hand, the Player's hand, or the Tie bet.
- The dealer deals two cards to both themselves and the player all face up.
- The dealer can either deal a third card but they may not as it will depend on what the point total is of each hand.
- After all of the cards have been dealt they will look over the hands and determine the hand value of both the Player and the Banker.
- The dealer will pay the winning hands and collect the bets that have lost the hand.

If the Banker (dealer) hand wins the dealer will pay off the player that won the bet 1 to 1 and then they will make a note of the owed commission. This commission is collected from the player when they leave the game.

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