Baccarat Hints and Tips
Tips on Play Baccarat
Keeping score doesn’t help – Some baccarat players keep detailed notes about who wins and what cards win. But, baccarat is a game of chance, and taking notes isn’t going to change that. Instead of looking to past play, focus on each hand!
Practice money management – The key to becoming a successful baccarat player is money management, according to the professional baccarat players. Work out a system that works for you, before betting hard cash.
Bring the right bankroll – You should have at least 20 to 30 minimum bets with you when you sit down. If the table minimum is $10-20 dollars, your bankroll should be at least $200, and $300 would be better. It will make a real difference!
Avoid ties – Don’t bet on ties or standoffs. The odds may look good, but other bets are better.
Don’t avoid commissions – The house charges a commission of 1-4% on banker wins, but don’t let that scare you off. The house has to take this edge because the bank usually wins. Bear in mind that when the commission’s lower, your bets better.
“Follow the shoe” - Bet with a winning streak, whether luck is with the banker or the player. In baccarat, streaks are common and you should bet with them if you feel comfortable. When you suspect the streak is going to end, you might sit out the hand rather than bet against it.
Don’t be fooled – Avoid playing baccarat games called “commission-free” or “easy.” The house edge on these games are much higher than on the original game.
Mini-baccarat might be your game – In mini-baccarat the pace is faster, and the rules are the same. The only difference is that the game is played on a table the size of those used for blackjack.
Card counting doesn’t work – Baccarat, unlike blackjack, isn’t a countable game. Playing bankroll of $1,000 with a positive expectation deck only yields a profit of about 70 cents an hour (“The Theory of Blackjack,” by Peter A. Griffin). Just sit back and enjoy the game!
The shoe size matters! – Eight decks is standard for most casino games of blackjack, but some casinos might use fewer decks. The fewer decks used, the more chance the banker has of winning.
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