HOW TO PLAY PROSPERITY TREE BACCARAT
If you have ever played standard Baccarat, you’ll know what to do straight away. Most of the game follows industry-standard rules, barring the special Prosperity Card feature. We’ll get to those in a minute, and we’ll start with the basics to help any rookies.
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. 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 carry 1 point each, and cards from 2 to 9 are valued according to their 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. Also, only the final digit of two-digit values counts. For instance, a total score of 15 counts as 5.
The Player and Banker card piles each draw two cards initially. If the round isn’t immediately resolved this way, both piles can also draw a third card in specific circumstances. Finally, the two hands are compared, and the one closer to 9 wins a payout of 1:1 (barring any multipliers, which we’ll explain below.)
All bets have to be placed before the start of a round. You can bet on either the Player or Banker hand to win, and Ties are also an option. Note that Banker bets all have to pay a 5% commission, which is a standard baccarat rule.
This game’s main “schtick” are so-called Prosperity multipliers. They work like in most baccarat-based game shows such as this one. Again, if you’ve played something like Lightning Baccarat before, you’ll know how it works.
After the betting period in every round ends, eight cards are randomly selected and assigned multipliers of 2x or 3x. For example, if a 2x multiplier is placed on a Queen of Hearts, all eight instances of Queen of Hearts in the shoe are assigned multipliers.
If a bet wins by drawing one or more of these Prosperity Cards, the payout is increased by the multiplier. For example, if you bet on Player and Player wins by drawing the 2x Queen of Hearts we just mentioned, you’ll win 2:1 instead of the usual 1:1. These multipliers can stack if you draw multiple cards. However, a bet can only be multiplied by cards on its side of the table. For example, Player bets are only multiplied by the 2/3 cards on the Player side of the table.
The Tie bet and Pair side bets can also be multiplied.