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|RTP:||98.92%||Game Type:||Table Game|
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Punto Banco is an interesting card game which is related, but slightly different, to Baccarat. If you’ve never played either game before you will need to be aware of the basic rules so you understand what is going on. Apart from laying a bet there is no interactivity and the hands are over pretty quickly so reason to find out what’s happening.
This version of Punto Banco is by Net Entertainment and the aim of the game is to predict which hand – the player’s or the banker’s – will win the round. You may also predict a tie. A correct prediction pays out at 2/1 with a tie paying at 9/1. The player is the ‘Punto’ and the Banker is the ‘Banco’.
The strongest hand is the one nearest to the value of 9 without exceeding that number; each hand contains two of three cards. Now you may think that 9 is a very low total for two or three cards and you would be correct when using normal card values but here things are different and the totals are calculated differently:
- Cards 2 – 9 are worth their face value
- Aces are worth 1
- Tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 0
- If the hand is worth 10 or more then 10 is subtracted from the total, for example 12 would become 2
Two cards are dealt to each player initially and if either has a value of 8 or 9 then no more cards are dealt and a winner (or a tie) is declared. However there are alternative actions if the following occur:
If the player has 6 or 7 the hand stands and the banker draws a third card if he has 0 – 5
If the player has 0 – 5 a third card is dealt, depending on that value of that card and the banker’s hand, the banker may receive a third card according to the chart below:
Playing the game is simple, just select your chip size and place it on Tie, Banco or Punto or all three if you like. Press ‘Deal’ and watch the action unfold. Note that betting the banker and winning will cost you an extra 5% of your winnings.
This version of Punto Banco is a simple way to approach this game; the running total of the hands are noted next to the cards so you can keep a track of what’s going on. The RTP of this game is a healthy 98.92%