Since the early 1990’s there have been casino sites operating
on the Internet. Most offer one version of baccarat, that being mini
baccarat. The way that the online game is somewhat different from
the land-based games as no real cards are used. The cards are randomly
picked from a virtual deck or decks via a random number generator.
One of the biggest issues that faces online baccarat players and in
fact all online casino gamblers is fairness. How do you know that
the casino is dealing a fair game as opposed to stacking the odds
even further in their favor? Currently there is very little regulation
for the online casino industry so one of the only ways to have a good
chance at finding a fair game is to look for casinos that have their
RNG and pay outs audited by a respected third party firm.
We have seen quite a few sites recently that are audited by global
firm Price Waterhouse Coopers. It does appear that these sites are
self regulating to ensure fairness.
If you decide that you want to play online you need to download
casino software, install it on your system and then register an
account. Once you have an account you can log in to the software.
At this time you computer connects with a gaming server over the
Internet. You can then place bets, press play and the virtual cards
will be dealt. To play for real money you need to first make a deposit.
Many players enjoy the added security of using a virtual wallet
such as Pay Pal or NETeller which means they do not give the casinos
their credit card details.
The biggest advantage that new baccarat players can get from online
baccarat is the chance to learn how to play and get used to the
third card rule. Virtually all online casinos we have seen offer
what is known as a guest mode where you can play for free without
risking any real money.
In recent times there has been another development in online baccarat
– the LIVE dealer game. This is quite an interesting idea
as instead of the cards being decided by a random number generator
they are in fact real playing cards dealt by a real dealer. The
way this works is you download a software application that features
a streaming video feed of the virtual casino and make bets via an
online betting interface. The dealer then deals the cards.
Currently online gambling is a very gray area in the United States
as to whether it is legal or illegal.Some states have already made
ruling that wagering online is illegal so if you do decide to test
the gambling waters online be sure to check with your local authorities
to ensure you are not breaking any laws.If you just want to play
for free and practice you should have no legal issues to worry about
as there is no real money exchanging hands.