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Baccarat Variations

Love the game? Here are some more ways to play and boost the excitement with Baccarat.

Additional and side wagers

Optional Pairs

Two jacks next to a stack of chips.

Some tables offer an additional wager called Optional Pairs, with bets placed on Banker’s hand, Player’s hand, or both. This wager wins 11 to 1 if the first two cards for the Player or Banker are an identical pair, for example, two Jacks.

Dragon Bonus

Dragon Bonus

Dragon Bonus is a side bet that pays on a natural win, or when a hand wins by a large margin, such as four points or more. Make this wager by betting on either the Player’s or Banker’s hand in the marked area.


Not all casinos offer side wagers. Be sure to check the house rules before you play.

A dragon next to a stack of chips.

Baccarat vs. Mini Baccarat

Adding a face-down card to an Ace.

There are variations of Baccarat, from traditional to Mini Baccarat, but the object of the game and the rules are the same for all. The three key differences are:

  • In Mini Baccarat, the dealer is the only one to handle the cards and players never touch the cards.
  • In traditional Baccarat, players are dealt cards and have the chance to turn them over first.
  • In Mini Baccarat, the game is played at high speed, with dealers quickly making up to 150 to 200 decisions.
  • Table minimums are much lower in Mini Baccarat, giving people who wish to spend less an opportunity to play.