Baccarat – Dragon Bonus option

Mini Baccarat is played with 8 standard decks shuffled together. Numbered cards are worth their indicated value, Aces equal 1, and picture cards (King, Queen and Jack) count as zero.

The goal

In Baccarat, you are betting whether the Banker or Player will have a hand worth closer to 9, or that the hand will be a tie. Just choose a side and see what happens!

How to play

  1. To begin, simply place a bet on Banker, Player or Tie based on your predicted outcome. Banker and Player are just placeholder names for the hands. There is no actual ‘player’ who gets the cards.
  2. After placing your bets, two cards are dealt by the Dealer to each hand. The first and third card are the Player’s, the second and fourth are the Banker’s.
  3. The Dealer will read out the value of each hand, with only the right hand digit being counted.
  4. Based on the hands, any additional cards required are drawn by the Dealer according to the Table of Play (tableau) overleaf.

It’s not necessary to fully memorise the tableau in order to take part in the game, but it will help you to better understand what’s going on.


  1. If the hand you bet on finishes closer to 9, you win!
  2. Winning bets are paid even money, except where the Banker’s hand wins with a total of 6. In this case, winning bets will be paid half.
  3. On our high limit tables, the casino retains a 5%commission on winning banker bets.
  4. Successful Tie bets are paid at 8 to 1.

Canberra pairs

  1. Canberra Pairs is an optional side bet that the first two cards of either the Banker or Player will be a pair. Winning bets are paid 11 to 1. All other combinations lose.

Table of Play


Banker’s point totalWhen player’s third card isWhen player’s third card is
31-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-0: Draws8: Stands
42-3-4-5-6-7: Draws0-1-8-9: Stands
54-5-6-7: Draws0-1-2-3-8-9: Stands
66-7: Draws0-1-2-3-4-5-8-9: Stands
8-9Has a natural and cannot draw


Player’s hand third card rule

Player’s first two cards totalPlayer’s hand
0-1-2-3-4-5Draws a card unless the banker has a natural
8-9Natural stands


Dragon Bonus

When the Dragon Bonus option is in play:

  • A player may place a Dragon Bonus wager regardless of whether they or any other player has placed a valid wager on the Player, the Banker or Tie.
  • A player may place simultaneous Dragon Bonus wagers. For example, in any one round of play, a player may place a wager on both players Dragon Bonus and banker Dragon Bonus.
  • Prior to the first card being dealt, each player shall be given the
    opportunity to place a wager in the Dragon Bonus box. All
    wagers shall be made by placing gaming chips in the designated
    Dragon Bonus betting area.


How to Play a Dragon Bonus Wager

1. On the banker’s hand:

  • Wins, if the banker’s hand has a point count higher than the player’s hand and:
    (A) is a natural; or
    (B) is not a natural and has 4 or more points higher than the point count of the player’s hand;
  • Loses, if the banker’s hand
    (A) has a point count lower than the player’s hand; or
    (B) is not a natural and has a point count less

2. On the player’s hand:

  • Wins, if the player’s hand has a point count higher than the banker’s hand and:
    (A) is a natural; or
    (B) is not a natural and has 4 or more points higher than the point count of the banker’s hand;
  • Loses on the player’s hand, if the player’s hand:
    (A) has a point count lower than the banker’s hand; or
    (B) is not a natural and has a point count less than 4 points higher than the banker’s hand;

3. Neither wins or loses, if point count of the cards dealt to the the banker’s hand and the player’s hand both form a natural and have the same point count (standoff).


Dragon Bonus Pay-out Odds

Win by 9 points30 to 1
Win by 8 points10 to 1
Win by 7 points6 to 1
Win by 6 points4 to 1
Win by 5 points2 to 1
Win by 4 points1 to 1
Natural winner1 to 1