A stylish looking game from Net Entertainment, Punto Banco is a card game that has similarities to the better-known Baccarat. Usually played as a live table game, NetEnt’s virtual game provides players with an easy and accessible game format particularly geared to those new to the game.
It is important to know the basic rules in Punto Banco before getting started as hands can end very speedily and therefore to keep up, it is important to understand what is happening. The main aim of the game is to be able to predict which hand between the banker and the player, will be the round winner. Players can also guess at a tie. Correctly guessing the outcome results in a payout of 2 to 1 and a tie offers 9 to 1.
The Ins and Outs of Punto Banco
To explain further, the best hand is the one that is nearest to nine in value, but it must not exceed nine in value. Each hand is just two cards from a possible three. Nine may seem low but the values are calculated differently in Punto Banco than they are for a game like Blackjack for example. The values are as follows: two to nine are valued on their face value, Aces are one, tens and picture cards are all worth zero. The values are then scored as follows, if a hand has a value of ten or higher, then the ten is removed from the overall total. For example if the hand is worth twelve, the ten is removed therefore making a hand value of just two.
Each player is dealt two cards at the beginning of the round. If there is a value of eight or nine held already then no more cards will be dealt out and the round is over with the winner announced. There are however further procedures in the game if for example a player has a hand value of six or seven and chooses to stand or if the dealer (or banker) draws a third card with a value between zero and five. The latter also extends to a player having a similar situation.
The actual play of this game is straightforward. Players simply choose the size of the chip and place it on the specified bet – Banco, Punto, or Tie. The deal button is pressed and players can sit back and watch the game play out.
A relatively easy and enjoyable game, this version of Punto Banco offers a good RTP of 98.92%. It also offers a running total of the hands that have been played allowing players to follow all the action closely.