Basic Tips for new Baccarat Players
- Set up your bankroll somewhere between 20 and 50 units, each about $5 in value. Baccarat is often a high limit game and you may have to risk at least 20 units of up $25 each, meaning a $500 bankroll.
- When you sit down at the table, ask for and get a score card. Record every result in a readable form using standard notations of P for player and B for bank.
- Watch the play and when you feel confident start betting at units of say $25 a hand. Do this for the first 20 or 30 hands.
- Observe how the game is played during the first 20 to 30 hands. Look for obvious trends in the game. Watch the dealing and the play. For example, see if the shoe is “choppy”, with player and banker switching back and forth many hands in succession. See if there are short-term streaks like P, P, P, B, P, B, B, and B.
Four Tips for Advanced Players
Card counting, a strategy employed predominately in blackjack has always attracted attention among Baccarat players. Many players believe card counting just as in blackjack is possible in baccarat tool.
Card counting in Baccarat:
- Baccarat players seek out trends. The rollers watch for these trends and then consider whether to continue or reverse direction. A gambler will begin to bet on a streak taking place if the last 30 odd hands have been unpredictable. I n order to do this, he will simply continue betting according to whatever the last hand was. So if the Player won, he will bet for the Player, if it was the Banker who won, then he will bet for the Banker. He may start raising his bet in anticipation of a favourable streak.
- If the shoe is streaky with both P and B participating on short-term streaks, play these streaks to continue with a paroli of three. This simply means parley your bet twice, going for a win of three hands in succession. You bet $25 and win. Let it ride and bet another $50. If it wins, let that ride again and bet the $100. If you sustain a loss or after winning three hands in a row, revert to a one-unit bet. To start you paroli of three, you could either bet whichever won on the last hand. So if P wins, start with P, or go the other way, meaning that if P wins, start with B. Be consistent.
- If you are playing in a choppy shoe, you should bet that the winner of the last hand will not win three hands in a row. If the last hand was won by P then you should bet $25 on B. If P wins again and you lose, then you should bet $50 on B. But if P were to win again, you should go all out and bet $100 on B. If you succeed in winning any of these three hands you will have won $25. If you lose all three of the hands, then your loss is $175. This would be a good time to sit out for a few hands or wait for a new shoe.
- There are those players who see the consecutive occurrence of P wining, say after 30 hands, and then again after another 20. At that time things will even out as B becomes dominant during the next 30 hands. Note: a shoe contains about 60 hands. In this approach, you should take a conservative approach and flat-bet the second half of the shoe on the side that is now due to come up to even things out.