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Advanced Baccarat strategies

Baccarat is considered a sophisticated game, in spite of it being quite simple, and despite this seeming contradiction - or perhaps because of it - it is highly popular in casinos around the world. Unlike other more distinct games of strategy, such as Blackjack or Texas Hold’em, Baccarat is a game where luck is the predominant factor. Since the bets are placed before any of the cards have been dealt, there’s not a whole lot to go on in terms of strategy, as the outcome is rather unpredictable. However, there are still some basic strategies worth knowing in order to increase your chances to win in this exciting game. Although some players prefer to utilize these strategies, whether or not to use them yourself in a game like Baccarat will entirely depend in the end on how superstitious you are.

Odds and the casino’s advantage in Baccarat

In Baccarat, the only truth that can be mathematically proven is the increased probability of the Banker winning more often as compared to the Player winning or it being a Tie. The casino’s advantage in an 8-Deck game is 1.06% on Banker bets and 1.24% on Player bets. In other words, although the differences aren’t that remarkable, it’s safe to say that bets on the Banker rather than on the Player will pay off in the long run. This is still the case, despite the fact that most casinos implement a 5% provision charge on winnings made from bets on the Banker. The least profitable alternative is to bet on Tie, even though it will yield the highest return, since the house edge on bets on Tie is considerably higher (14.36%) compared to bets on Player or Banker.

Another detail that will affect your odds of winning is the number of decks used - here, the applicable principle is that the more decks the house uses, the lower will be the odds for the players. As the highest number of decks allowed in Baccarat is eight, unfortunately most casinos make sure to have 8-Deck Baccarat tables.

Keep track of your bets

When you play Baccarat at online casinos, most of the time you’ll be able to see the game history next to the table, showing the outcomes of the most recent rounds. Since the odds for the Player or Banker to win are practically 50-50, it’s important to keep track of the game history in order to spot current trends. Make sure to start safe by placing lower bets; if, for example you lose a few bets on the Banker to win, place a higher bid next round to increase your chances to win back your previous losses.

To follow the trend

A rule of thumb many Baccarat players follow is that if most of the wins appear to go to the Player, for instance, they should then place their bets on the Player. According to this principle, you shouldn’t change your bets simply because the Player has won so many times in a row that you start to think it must be the Banker’s turn to soon win. Only when you see that the game has begun to turn, should you change strategy and place your bets on the other alternative. This strategy works well in combination with the 1-3-2-4 system.

1-3-2-4 strategy

Varying the size of your bets in Baccarat can be a good way to win back your losses from previous rounds. For this type of game, one of the most recommended strategies is the 1-3-2-4 system, meaning you place one unit in the first round, three units in the second, and so on. The idea with this strategy is to keep following it as long as you’re still winning; once you start to lose you go back to the beginning of the betting order (one unit), and start over again. Even if you win all four rounds in a system, you also go back to 1 in the following round. By utilizing this strategy, not only can you minimize your losses, but if you’re lucky, you might even have a chance to increase your winnings.

Trust your instinct

As you can probably tell, it’s difficult to calculate any probable outcomes in Baccarat using mathematical patterns, which is probably why it’s such an exciting game. In many cases, those who appear to win the most are the players who follow their instincts and make sure to have fun while playing. Don’t hesitate to develop your own Baccarat ”strategies”, however superstitious they may be.

Know when to stop

In order to leave the casino with as high a profit as possible, the most important Baccarat strategy is knowing when to stop playing. The casino will always have an economic advantage in all their games, including Baccarat. If they didn’t, the casino would go bankrupt sooner or later. If you play for an extended period of time, you’ll most likely end up losing more than you’re winning. For this reason, you should always know how much money you intend on betting every time you play, and be ready to leave the table when you’ve made a large enough gain.