Baccarat is famous as the favoured game of James Bond himself, conjuring up images of glitzy casinos, fast cars and exotic locations. Not something you could enjoy in your living room, wearing your comfiest dressing gown. Until now. Thanks to Baccarat Lobby by Groove, a division of Evolution Games, you can enjoy all the thrills and spills of a live casino experience without having to leave your house.
Enjoy banter with the dealer and friendly rivalry with your fellow players, the convenience of the online experience with that familiar casino thrill. So is this live Baccarat experience a slice of casino magic, or a step back in time? Let’s find out.
One of the best things to come out of the online gaming industry in recent years is the ability to play games with a live dealer, just as you would in a casino, without the hassle of dressing up and getting down to your nearest gaming facility. Better computer graphics and internet connections mean you can now enjoy an enhanced Baccarat experience that’s even better than real life, and with Baccarat Lobby by Groove you can have everything you’d get in the real casino, with the benefit of a heads up display that makes the game easier and more fun.
The first thing to note is the main playing area, which you can find at the bottom of the screen. This has a digital representation of the real-life playing area where your dealer is dealing the cards, and allows you to make all the important decisions yourself in real-time. The graphics are clear, clean and uncluttered whilst still giving you the tools you need and the most useful information, such as where the bets are landing and what cards have already been dealt. This is also where you’ll find the chat function, so you can spar and interact with your fellow players and the dealer as you play.
Another major advantage that Baccarat Lobby has is that you can benefit from the live video experience that the dealer creates, so rather than a fixed view of the table that you’d get if you were sitting opposite, you can also see dramatic camera angles designed to build tension. It’s like watching a live TV version of the game you’re playing, such as televised Poker tournaments, but you are a key part of the action that’s unfolding, and your choices decide what happens next. Your heads up display stays in place the whole time, so you can still interact with the game regardless of what you can see, but it’s a whole new dimension that you don’t get playing against the computer, or even in real life at a casino.
As this is a realistic version of Baccarat with a live dealer, there are no specific feature bonuses, aside from the great enhancements to the game that the digital version brings to the table.
Baccarat Lobby feels like a genuine step up from your average Baccarat experience, certainly from the computerised online version and even from the real-life casino version. You get everything that you would at your local gaming establishment, plus the extra options and abilities unique to the online game.