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Online Baccarat
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.