Baccarat: Be like James Bond, fearless!

Whether you are living in the Bronx or Monte Carlo, anyone can experience the fun that is Baccarat. Baccarat was once a game for the gold card members at the casino, now all can enjoy the allure of the classy James Bond favourite, Baccarat.

If you are a high-roller, then the online casino is your best bet. Most of the brick and mortar casinos offer mini tables for live action fun at a rate that won't break the bank. You too can pretend to be

Mr.

Bond or the Russian Femme Fatale.

However, to avoid any social faux-pars, you must be versed in pronunciation. Baccarat is pronounced as the Bah-Cah-Rah. Most people mispronounce the name so often, that it has almost become colloquial.

So here is the low down on playing Baccarat. These tips will set you on the way to a perfect game of baccarat, so get betting today.

TIP 1 – NEVER MAKE THE “TIE” BET

Baccarat has low house odds of winning on its bets. The bets come in threes. The three bets are Tie, Player and a Banker. Banker bet comes with an edge of one point six percent. The players have 1.24 percent.

When it comes to Casino odds they ain't half bad. The tie is the worst bet because you will end up losing half of your winnings to the house. It is important not to bet this way as it leads to is big loses.
Leave those bets to the crazy man with more money than sense.

TIP 2 – BANKER FOR A SAFE BET

When approaching a live table, bet banker. The Banker will have a slight edge, but you will come out better in the long haul. If you take this bet there is a five percent commission to deter big spenders from draining the house.

TIP 3 – KEEP GOING WITH BANKER UNTIL HE IS CLEANED OUT!

The banker is usually the safest way to get a slight streak, so when you have it ride it until you start busting out. Do be too eager with your bets, let the game play out, but know when to fold em. Any good gambler knows when the streak is up.

TIP 4 – HALT THE BET AFTER THE BANKER STARTS TO SHOW A DOWNTURN

While tempting to jump on the loss, wait for the banker to make a move, it may come out in a tie favor. Less of a loss, with no harm and only gain. You may end up even or on top a few dollars.

TIP 5 – MINI STYLE BACCARAT CAN BE AS DANGEROUS AS ITS BIG BROTHER.

Baccarat was always supposed to be a slow-paced bluffers game. Relaxed, yet tense in the same breath. With 40 or so decisions made and players dishing out their own cards, it was a game of calculation and tact, often times with limited losses. On the other hand, the mini version is way too fast paced, which equals massive losses if you are not paying attention to the moves. During a face paced game, you may make over 180 decisions, that is too much for a game to be fun. There is no time for strategy, let alone a drink.

The bets are lower than the slower paced classic version and the odds can turn on you with one wrong calculation.

If you insist on playing the mini version then you should play banker only and play it until you suffer the loss. Then use the same stratergy to interchange between player and banker, which should reduce the losses by half as well as your choices.

TIP 6 – TIE BETS NEVER COUNT

Tie bets should always be used to show a pause in the action. If the order of choices goes banker then banker again and then tie, the tie is considered not to have happened. After which you would keep betting as the banker.

TIP 7 – RIDE THE PLAYER AS LONG AS YOU CAN SHOW A PROFIT

How about this for an interesting thought. As soon as the player loses to the banker you should switch straight to the banker. Then banker immediately wins your bets.

If the banker should lose then why not jump back over to tip number 4 for some prosperity in the streaks.

TIP 8 – COUNT THOSE PENNIES BEFORE YOU BET.

The baccarat bet comes on the coin toss. That makes for a tense game with streaks dependent on that first toss.

If you are steaking on a 10 unit basis per choice, give yourself a unit cushion of 200 units as bankroll and when it's gone, go cool off for a while. Go hit the high roller slots for some fun and a drink. It is easy to get addicted to the strategy of Baccarat, I know I have the bug and have since I started playing it years ago. It would be better to get away from the floor altogether. Go eat the buffet, or have a shoulder massage to calm you down while you re-think your odds.

It is easy to become addicted, but I want you to play smart, not loose. If you come out on top, put half of your winnings in the room and then use the rest to re-invest in your strategy. Come in with a significant amount as the banker and avoid the tie, because the odds don't justify the end win, or draw against the house. If you don't want to stash the money away and want to be crazy, then why not head off to a high rollers area and have a martini, shaken not stirred.

In summary to be a good baccarat player you should always remember the following,

  • Bet smart
  • Invest to keep the streak going
  • Never bet tie
  • Save half your winnings

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please seek help. Gambling is supposed to be fun and not painful.