More Baccarat Strategy
Another false alley in published baccarat strategy is that of card
counting. Card counting is usually associated with the game of blackjack,
as it can be quite an effective strategy when utilized properly
in the right casino. It would also appear to be a genuinely worthy
strategy in baccarat, as it works off of a similar shoe. The problem
is of course the issue of used cards being fed back into the shoe
before very many have been removed (thus negating any count you
had made to that point). In baccarat specifically the problems with
card counting are a little different. Unlike blackjack baccarat
does not offer opportunities to alter your bet in mid-hand play.
Blackjack offers this ability in a number of specific situations,
and so you can increase your bet if your count changes during play.
Using card counting in baccarat though offers so few situations
with an advantage against the house that the overall efforts are
Baccarat can be considered a coin toss played with a lot of fanfare.
Many people let this oversimplified impression of the game lure
them towards using a martingale-based system. These styles of systems
have you double your bet each time you lose a hand, basing its
logic on the fact that eventually your choice will win, and if you
had doubled your bet each hand that win will recoup all losses from
previous hands. This system is perfect and cannot be beaten in games
like baccarat or roulette. Because this is true the casinos have
issued new rules, which limit how much one can bet in one hand.
Table maximums (and minimums) as they are referred to, eliminate
the threat of a martingale system gambler completely. Say you bet
5 dollars on banker and lost, next bet you put 10 bucks down on
banker, next bet 20, ect, and you keep loosing, it won't be very
long before you double your bet right up to or over the table maximum.
In this case of course you can't bet any higher, and your system
has failed. If I only accomplish one thing with this web site, I
hope it is convincing everyone that martingale systems are absolutely
horrific techniques designed to prey on the natural thought patterns
of the human brain (the bit that thinks if a coin lands heads up
nine times in a row there is a greater than 50% chance it will be
tails on the tenth toss).
So if card counting, streak or pattern spotting, and systems are
all useless strategy for baccarat, what's a good one? Looking at
the numbers it becomes clear that the odds are always a little better
when you bet on the banker. Does this mean you should always bet
on banker? In a technical sense I suppose yes it does, but practically
it would be the most boring use of your time ever if you just sat
there betting on banker all night. Pattern chasing is most often
some added fun to break the monotony that can come from a simple
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