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Play James Bond’s favourite casino game and you could become the 2021 Black Opal Baccarat champion.

More precious than most diamonds and far rarer, a prized black opal is a find of a lifetime. And this one carries a price tag of R2.5 million.

Sun International is giving tables players the chance to put their baccarat skills to the test for the honour of becoming the first ever black opal winner in an exciting new group-wide tournament.

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For centuries Baccarat has been played by commoners and kings, but it was it was the emergence of James Bond in Casino Royale that focused the public’s attention on the game. Since then it has become a firm favourite in casinos around the world.

The game is simple. There are two betting options – one a player’s hand and the other a banker’s hand. The objective is to bet on the hand that will be close to or equal to nine, and betting is completed before the hand begins. A third betting option is on both hands being a tie.

If you believe that you could be a baccarat champion and want to get your hands on this precious gem, then register before June 13 at participating Sun International casinos. The tournament is free to enter with no buy-in required, and is exclusive to all MVG cardholders who frequent GrandWest, Carnival City, Sibaya, Boardwalk, Sun City or Time Square.

On June 14, the four players with the highest points from across these casinos during the point-earning period will automatically secure themselves a seat at the grand finale in July.

There are all sorts of other chances to win … follow @CarnivalCitySA on Facebook to find out more.

To ensure that social distancing requirements are met, tables will be limited to four players. Players will also be required to wear a mask and agree to temperature screening and completing a medical questionnaire.

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