HOW TO PLAY LIGHTNING BACCARAT
If you have ever played standard Baccarat, then you won’t have trouble with the main objective of the game. As a player, you are required to predict which side, Player or Banker, will win the round by having a hand value closest to 9. It really is – still – that simple. Add a mesmerising lighting effect to the game, a random multiplier here and there, and you’ve got yourself Lightning Baccarat.
Before placing bets, you need to know the values of the cards that are used in Lightning Baccarat. As mentioned, the dealer will draw cards from a shoe containing 8 shuffled decks. While some cards retain their face values, others are assigned different values and rankings. Aces are ranked the lowest and carry 1 point each. Cards from 2 to 9 are valued according to their numerical face values. Kings, Queens, Jacks and 10s are all worth 0 points. The suits of the cards do not affect the way a hand is formed; only the numerical values count.
Before each deal, players are given a betting window to place bets on the outcome of the round. They can wager on the win of the Banker or the Player hand, or stake their money on a Tie. In Lightning Baccarat, a so-called Lightning fee of 20% is added to each bet. The game benefits from a special Lightning Round, which we’ll address in the section below.
With the Lightning Round is finished, the dealer can draw the cards and deal two initial cards to the Banker and Player. Each hand value is calculated at this point. If the value exceeds 10, only the second number is valued. For instance, 9+7=16, the value of the hand is 6. If the Player or Banker obtain a hand that is worth 8 or 9, that’s natural Baccarat, and no further cards will be dealt. Otherwise, the “third card rule” is consulted to determine if there is a need for a third card for Player and Banker.