Once played exclusively by French royalty and nobility, Baccarat has for a long time enjoyed a reputation of being a game for high rollers. By offering online mobile baccarat varieties with low bet limits, casinos and software developers have made this fascinating game accessible to just about everybody. Even a £10 bankroll can now buy hundreds of hands and potentially hours of enjoyable gameplay. Every single online variant will give you a choice of Player, Banker and Tie bets, and some of them also have a variety of side bets which can make the game even more exciting.
As technology develops, you naturally expect to be able to play your favourite games on the move as well. Mobile gaming has not been available for that long, but the providers have recognised and reacted to their customers’ changing needs and preferences. More and more games are developed with mobile devices in mind, and the playing experience improved with virtually every new launch. Baccarat fans might be slightly worse off when it comes to on-the-go offer because to start off, most online gaming venues provide only a few game variants when playing via desktops. As the choice inevitably shrinks once you move to a smaller screen, often some (or all) of these disappear during the transition. So is there anyone out there who’ll make this lovely game accessible when we’re out and about? I looked into it, and this what I found.
Mobile Baccarat at Leo Vegas
Leo Vegas offers a fairly large choice of mobile games and 40+ table games, though only one Baccarat variant, namely Mini Baccarat by Play n Go. It allows you to make the three standard bets, Player, Banker or Tie. Player and Banker bets pay even money (except for the 5% commission taken on Banker), while a Tie pays 8-1.
More options are given to players who enjoy personal interaction with the dealer and other gamers. These include Evolution-powered Live Baccarat Squeeze with £5 min and £15,000 max stakes, Controlled Squeeze with the same minimum bet, and Speed Baccarat which you can play for as little as £1 per round.
Multi-camera Live Baccarat Squeeze is delivered with the help of 15+ cameras which capture every nuance of the game, showing the dealer quickly revealing cards for the lesser wager hand and squeezing cards dealt with the hand with the greatest total wager. Baccarat Controlled Squeeze lets you take control of the squeeze yourself. While the cards are obscured by an overlay mask, you can click or tap on the corner of each of them to peel back the mask and reveal the card value. More impatient among you should try out Speed Baccarat, a super-fast alternative which completes each game round in only 27 seconds (instead of the usual 48). Whichever variant you choose to play, there’s no doubt you’ll experience a flawless land-based casino surrogate, simply due to the fact the games were produced by Evolution Gaming. There is additionally Live Baccarat by Extreme, as well as Live Latin Baccarat with bet ranges of £1 to £200, and £5 to £5,000.
To play Leo Vegas mobile games, you can either use the web browser of your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone or alternatively download an app. While the iPhone app can be picked up from iTunes, casino apps cannot currently be distributed in the Play store. What’s more, the Android operating system doesn’t allow you to install applications distributed outside of Google Play. To do it anyway, you’ll first need to tell your mobile device it’s ok to install apps not originating from the Play store, and then download it from Leo Vegas website. Honestly, I think it’s a bit of a hassle and, unless you have serious connectivity issues, it’s far easier to just launch the darn thing online.
But, as you know, live games normally can’t be played for fun so you’ll have to invest some cash in order to participate. Using one of the convenient and safe payment options offered, you’ll be able to deposit a minimum of £10 and cash out between £20 and a staggering £100,000. Leo Vegas operates with licenses issued by the Maltese Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission and the Danish Gambling Authority, and if that doesn’t guarantee safe and secure gaming environment, I don’t know what does.
There is currently a no better destination for Baccarat fans looking to play on the go. Almost every other online casino I visited offers one or two variants or none at all. Exceptions are SpinIt Casino and Casino Cruise, each providing Mini-Baccarat, plus live Baccarat Squeeze and the standard live variant by Evolution. SpinIt additionally hosts Controlled Squeeze. This operator will allow you to deposit between £10 and £5,000 via Credit and debit cards, E-wallets, Paysafecard and Zimpler. If you get lucky and win, Bank Transfer will be an additional option when withdrawing £10 or more within 24 hours. Casino Cruise lets you choose from a very long list of banking methods which also includes several mobile payment options, namely Dotpay SMS, Zimpler and Payforit. You’ll be able to deposit between £5 and £10,000 and withdraw as little as £10.
You might not feel like the early 20th-century French aristocrat while playing Baccarat on your mobile phone (it’s a bit of a stretch, right?), but you could pretend to be James Bond facing the evil operative Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. Or you can simply enjoy this lovely game being your unique self. It’s a shame, though, that the number of mobile games and venues which host them is so small, and I don’t quite understand why. So let’s hope developers and operators are listening to players within their target market, and will, as a result, provide us with a far bigger choice of 2-Go Baccarat games in the not too distant future.
COO & Baccarat Expert
Joseph Kerney is our COO and baccarat expert. Joseph has worked in the online gambling industry for over a decade as an affiliate before joining our team.