How to Play Baccarat
of what makes Baccarat a great game is that it's so simple. The Player's
decision is limited to deciding what kind of bet to make. From there on it's in
the dealer's hands and you collect or pay when it's over.
Mini Baccarat, which is the only version most of us will ever see in play, you
don't even get the option of handling the cards. In the "whale" games
of European Baccarat they get to mangle the cards whenever they like just for
personal entertainment. But then they're dropping $1000 or more a hand and you
can bet that that buys a lot of replacement cards.
on your own hand (Player) and you face a house edge of 1.24%. Bet on the
Banker's hand and the edge is either 0.6% if there's a 4% House cut or 1.06% is
their cut is 5%. Finally there's the Tie bet which at best gives the house
almost a 5% edge (Pay 8:1) and at worst 14+% (Pay 9:1). Forget the Tie bet for
obvious reasons. Unless you can find a game with 4% vig on Banker bets, betting
Player or Banker is six of one, half a dozen of the other.
first thing a casino player asks themselves when stepping up to a game is
"how do I improve my odds?" The answer in Baccarat is easy: you don't.
Other than avoiding the Tie bet there's nothing you can do.
about card counting you ask? After all, everyone seems to do it on TV. Save
yourself the trouble because it's a facade. Statistical analysis has shown that
card counting in Baccarat is totally ineffective until the game hits the bottom
of the shoe and even then it's a miniscule advantage. It basically boils down to
paying yourself $10 an hour for risking $1,000,000. You're better off getting a
squeegee and washing people's windows for spare change.
to playing the game, that's it. As to knowing what's going on, it's a matter of
strict and fixed rules, and here they are:
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