The Best Baccarat Winning Strategy
Every time I talk to someone about casino games, I hear people saying that baccarat is an easy game. Last week, when I was chilling at the bar of the Hilton hotel in Tallinn, Estonia, a lad told me he had found the way to break the bank.
"I can win every time I want," he shared. "I developed the perfect baccarat system."
The guy told me he spent a few hours at the Olympic Casino next door. He did his best to convince me that he won an insane amount of money thanks to his perfect system to win at baccarat.
What he didn’t know, however, was that I had also spent my evening at the Olympic before I decided to go to the Hilton for a drink and, well, none of my friends at the tables told me about any remarkable winner that night.
They know who I am and they know what I do. They wouldn't hide a big winner from me because my articles would be the best advertising they could ever get.
Truth to be told, I hear people talking about "baccarat systems that work" or super-secret baccarat strategies created by mysterious gambling gurus all time. Most of the times, however, it happens when I sit at the bar and it comes from people who never seem to have enough cash to pay for their own drinks.
Once a Loser, Always a Loser
None of those who will promise you the definitive strategy to win at baccarat are glamorous millionaires and none of them seems to know how to survive in a casino for more than three hours without going broke.
How is this possible? If they are so good at the game, if they developed strategies to win nearly every baccarat hand they play – how can they be still allowed to play at the casinos?
Believe it or not, baccarat is not as simple as they say. It's an easy game to learn and to play for fun – but it takes a lot more to win real money when you play baccarat. Even if you decide to buy their words and take out your wallet to purchase their "a-ma-zing baccarat strategy."
The first step to becoming a winning baccarat player is to stop daydreaming ad deal with the hard truth: baccarat is not an easy game to win and you need time, dedication, and persistence to end your session in the black.
Today, you are going to learn some baccarat basics to help you get started with the game. These baccarat strategy tips will not make you a millionaire overnight - oh, well, who knows! – but, by the end of this article you will have learned:
- how to play baccarat
- how to avoid the most common beginners' mistakes
- how not be fooled by baccarat systems that do not work.
Bonus Video: Learn Baccarat With Louis Theroux
Before we start, let's enjoy this great video from the BBC and let's see how Louis Theroux played his first-ever game of baccarat in Las Vegas.
How to Play Baccarat Like a Pro
As I said already, the basics of the game are very simple.
In this article, I am going to touch only the essentials about baccarat playing - if you want to go deeper and you want more more detailed step-by-step instructions, you can visit this page dedicated to the rules of baccarat.
- Baccarat is usually played with a six- or eight-deck shoe;
- Cards are given point values as follows: Ace = 1; 2-9 = face value; 10 and face cards = 0;
- The goal of baccarat is to come closest to a point count of nine.
When a game of baccarat begins, the dealer places the decks in the shoe and turns over one card. You need to pay attention to this, because that card indicates the number of cards the dealer will burn. If the dealer turns a 10 or a face card, the first ten cards in the shoe will be burned.
The fun begins right after that. Once a given number of cards have been burnt, you are asked to place your initial bet and decide if you want to put your money on:
- The Player
- The Banker
- A Tie
Now that you have your money on the table, it's time for the dealer to distribute two cards to each player and to the banker.
Baccarat is not blackjack! Contrary to blackjack, where the cards in the game can let the players and the banker go over 21 points, the score of a baccarat hand is calculated taking into account only the right digit of the total of the cards.
Example: you are dealt a 9 and 3. 9+3=12. Hence, the score of your hand is '2'.
Once all the cards have been dealt, the dealer can deal a third card to the players or the banker. This happens exclusively if:
- The player's total is 5 or less;
- The player stands and the banker's total score if of 5 or less.
If the player hits and is dealt a third card, the chart below indicates whether the banker has to hit (H) or stand (S):
Here's when you'll know if you won or lost your baccarat hand. After all the cards are dealt, it's time to compare the points of the player and those of the dealer. Again, the one with who ends with the amount of points closest to 9 is the winner.
How much can you win? Here's something you should always keep in mind:
- The winning bets on the banker pay 19 to 20;
- The winning bets on the player pay 1 to 1;
- The winning bets on a tie pay 8 to 1.
Baccarat Systems: How to Choose the Best One
You don't need to go to the casino with me to be assaulted by losers who have nothing to sell other than a baccarat system that does (not) work. Search for "baccarat systems" on Google, and you will get a list of 466,000 internet pages that promise to make you rich beyond your dreams.
Search for "baccarat system that works," and the 60,900 results you'll have in front of you will promise you things like "The world's greatest baccarat betting system" or to make "$50,000 every time you sit at the baccarat table."
If you believe that any of the baccarat systems you find on Google is going to deliver - I wish you good luck. I am sure we'll meet at a bar one day and I am sure you will entertain me with fabulous tales about mind-blowing wins you have been able to put together when nobody was watching.
Despite what people want you to believe, there is no such thing as a baccarat system that works all the time. If there was one, you would not find it available for free and on Google – can we agree on that?
Baccarat strategy tips. The fact there is no sure system to win at baccarat doesn't mean you need to gamble your money. Baccarat is not bingo, and there are a few baccarat tips that can help you with your game and increase your chances to win.
Why? Let's look at the house edge:
- Bet on the Player's hand: the house edge is 1.29%.
- Bet on the Banker's hand: the house edge is 1.01%.
- Bet on a Tie: the house edge is 15.75%.
You really need to suck at baccarat to bet on the Banker's hand. Are you planning to lose your money? Bet on a tie. You don't know what you are doing, and you don't care about statistics? Bet on the Player's hand and hope I will never see you doing that, because I will immediately come to your table to mock you.
The number of decks in use at the table can also influence your winning chances, and that's why you should always play at the tables that offer you the lowest number of decks and the lowest commission.
AI can't suggest you the table to choose at your favourite brick-and-mortar casino – I can if you come and play with me, though -, but here's a list of the top 5 online casinos to pick if you are serious about baccarat.
The rooms on the list offer the best (and easiest) legal baccarat games on the web. If you want my advice - check them out and have a look at their live casinos. The baccarat games they offer are legit, safe and - most importantly - easy to win.