Dragon Bonus Baccarat
Dragon Bonus is an optional wager for Mini-Baccarat. Dragon Bonus Pay tables are displayed on each gaming table.
Mini-Baccarat consists of two hands dealt from a multiple deck shoe using up to 8 decks. One hand is called the Player hand and the other is called the Banker hand. Each hand consists of two cards each (minimum) or three cards each (maximum).
There are three betting positions in each area for wagering (i.e. betting spot) at the Mini-Baccarat table. The betting positions are Player, Banker, and Tie. Each of these positions represents the possible outcome of the hands. Only one player may place a wager per wagering area. Players may wager on any one of the betting positions or a combination of Player/Tie or Banker/Tie before the hands are dealt. All bets must be placed before cards are dealt from the shoe. Once the first card is dealt from the shoe, bets may not be changed in any way, reduced, added to, placed, or removed.
To begin play, two cards are dealt to the designated Player and Banker areas. These cards can be dealt face down, face up, or any combination of face down and face up. The first card is dealt to the Player, the second card to the Banker, the third card is dealt to the Player, and the fourth card is dealt to the Banker. If applicable, the dealer will first turn up the Player/Banker hand and call out the total of the cards.
The cards are valued as follows: 10’s and Picture cards (Jack, Queen, and King) are valued at 0 or what is referred to as “nothing”; Aces are valued at 1; and 2-9 are valued at their face value.
After the hands are dealt out and turned up in the designated areas, the cards are totaled and, using the last digit only, the hand closest to nine wins. For instance, the hand 7-5, totaling 12, is valued at 2; the hand 7-6-8, totaling 21, is valued at 1; etc.
The highest possible total to any hand is 9. The lowest is 0. The hand (Player, Banker) closest to 9 wins. If both of the hands end up with the same total, it is called a Tie. All winning Player and Banker bets are paid even money (1 to 1). Winning Banker bets may be charged a commission of up to 5%. Tie bets pay 8 to 1. All bets placed on the Player and Banker hands when a Tie occurs are pushes (do not win or lose).