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IGT Launches Electronic Baccarat

Leading slot manufacturer International Game Technology has debuted an electronic, multi-player version of baccarat.

“Golden Baccarat,” which made its first appearance last month at Michigan’s Four Winds Casino Resort, is a five-player reproduction of a baccarat game. Player stations are placed around a “virtual dealer” appearing on an LCD video screen. Wagers, deals and the progression of the game are identical to those in the live game, with the table layout, including cards and chips, displayed on the video screen.

Players wager on banker, player or tie, just as in the live game, and standard baccarat rules apply. Players make no decision other than their wager. Also as in the live game, the house holds a 5 percent vigorish on winning bank hands.

The game is part of IGT’s “M-P” series of multi-player, electronic table games, which also includes roulette, “Digital 21” blackjack, and Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus. The series was created after IGT purchased technology from Novomatic’s Austrian Gaming Industries. “Our electronic, multi-player product line has significantly progressed in the past year,” said Tim Richards, IGT director of table games.

Four Winds, in New Buffalo, Michigan, placed the baccarat game in its fully automated poker room.

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