Dragon Tiger New Live Casino Game

Published: October 22, 2018

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Dragon Tiger is a casino game that can be found in Asian gambling hot spots. It is rare at American and European land casinos. But many live casino games suppliers to online casinos have included it in their portfolios. Dragon Tiger has similarities to Baccarat and Casino War. Live casino players have taken to it because of its speed and simplicity. However, as this article cautions, the house edges are far from favourable.

Dragon Tiger is played with standard decks of 52 cards. The game is usually dealt from a shoe holding six or eight decks in live casinos. You do not play against the dealer. Like in baccarat, you have to correctly choose which hand will win. One hand is designated as the Dragon and the other hand as the Tiger. One card is dealt face up to each hand. No additional cards can be dealt. The hand with the higher card wins.

The rules, payouts and house edge of the main bet are explained below. The hand with the higher card wins. Players who have bet on this hand win even money. Players that have bet on the hand that loses, lose their wagers. Ace is the lowest card, even below the deuce. If both the Dragon and the Tiger are dealt the same rank card, the hand is a tie. The house takes half of each wager on the table and returns half to the players. The house edge on this main bet is 3.73%. This is higher than in Casino War, and much higher than in Baccarat.

Many live casinos offer side bets in Dragon Tiger. The most common is the tie bet. This bet will win if both the Dragon and the Tiger are dealt the same hand rank. You obviously have to place a specific wager on this outcome. The payout in most cases is 8 to 1, which gives the casino a huge 32.77% house edge. There is no point in placing this bet. Some online casinos pay 11 to 1 to attract bets. This also has a house edge of 10.36%. You may find a Suited Tie bet that will win if the Dragon and Tiger cards are equal in both rank and suit. It pays 50 to 1 with a house edge of 13.98%.

A better option is the Big and Small bet. You can bet whether the Dragon (or Tiger) card will be Big (over seven) or Small (under seven). Wins are paid at even money. All wagers lose if the card dealt is a 7. The casino has a 7.69% house edge on this wager. In the Suit bet you have to predict the suit dealt to a particular hand, Dragon or Tiger. The wager pays 3 to 1 on a correct guess. Again, all bets lose if a seven is dealt, even if it is of the correct suit. The house edge is 7.69%.


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