Baccarat is one of those purely luck-based casino games where not a lot of strategy is involved. Though a relatively simple and straight-forward game, here are some tips that could help you not go broke.
- Say it right!
The most important thing for you to remember is the pronunciation of the word ‘Baccarat’. Pronouncing it as “back-a-rat’ at a casino could cause some embarrassment, leading you to hope you had the power of invisibility. Which you don’t, so here’s the correct pronunciation: “Bah-cah-rah”.
Before going further with tips on improving your game play, make sure you educate yourself on the rules of Baccarat.
- Do NOT bet on a ‘Tie’
Never bet on a ‘Tie’, as 9 out of 10 times it will disappoint you. The house has an edge of 14.36% in Baccarat, with one of the worst odds in the world of poker. That means you lose 14.4 units for every 100 units wagered.
Yes, it does pay 9 to 1 and such a large payout is enticing, and for some even irresistible. However, the odds of a ‘Tie’ popping up are one in every ten cards. So, betting on a tie could pay off big but you’re more likely to exhaust your bankroll on what professional Baccarat players consider a bad bet.
- Bet on the Banker
Besides the amount of your bet, the only decision you need to make is whether to bet on the Banker or the Player. Yes, don’t even give betting on a tie a second thought, since the odds of winning that wager are awful.
With an edge of 1.06%, the Banker is better to bet on rather than the Player – with an edge of 1.24%. The Banker will win over 50% of the time and hence, we strongly advise betting on the Banker.
- Hang on till your luck runs out
As you look to capitalize on streaks, the bet that will have a better chance for a streak – albeit slightly -will be the Banker. If you find the Banker has gone on a streak from your first bet, then keep betting it.
However, this does not mean you go all out and bet huge amounts. The fact that a streak has occurred is no indication that it will continue to occur. You still face a house edge on every bet you make and you can’t bet your way out of such an edge.
- Don’t go believing the betting systems
There are two types of betting systems. The first, known as positive progression systems,arebased on increasing your bet each time you win a bet. Conversely, the negative progression systems recommend increasing your bet with each loss.
However, believe it or not, none of them make you more likely to win at Baccarat, as it truly is based on luck. If you’re thinking of using the Martingale or any other betting scheme on Baccarat, don’t. Whatever systems you choose are likely to do more harm than good.
- There’s always a tomorrow
Before you walk into a casino, you should set yourself a profit “goal”. Have a definite amount of profit at which you’ll stop playing. Pledge before hand to end your playing session, when you reach that figure.
For example, let’s say you set a goal of Rs.2000. After an hour and a kiss by lady luck, you finally reach your goal- at which point, you should ideally walk away from the game.
Having a profit “goal” in place, along with a commitment to quit while you’re ahead, is a form of bankroll management. It locks in your winnings and helps to preserve your cash. Remember, you can always return to the casino the next day and begin a new session – but only if you haven’t squandered all your cash.
- Money Management
Playing Baccarat is equivalent to a flip of the coin. However, even with coin flips you can experience outrageous streaks.
Let’s say you bet Rs.50 per decision and give yourself Rs.1000 as your session bankroll, meaning should you lose that, then you must take a break. Get up and get yourself outside the gaming floor. Take a walk. Bird watch. Take a nap. Fill your stomach. Give yourself a good amount of time to reflect before you start playing again.
If you have won a decent amount but you don’t want to quit right then – though you do want to leave the session a winner –you can split your winnings in half and only use one half to continue your play. If you happen to lose that half, you still get to take the rest of your winnings and take a break.
Another helpful tip to manage your money is limiting the number of hands you play per session. Commit to walking away after playing a certain number of hands. For example, quit after playing 80 hands, even if you haven’t lost your all of your session bankroll or met your profit goal. Take a break and give your brain something else to focus on.
Baccarat is fun to play if you’re looking for a game that requires no strategic game play and minimal decision-making along with a low house edge. Keeping these tips in mind, head to one of the Deltin Casinos and test your luck at one of the many Baccarat tables you’ll find.