So here are the top seven ways to play the Baccarat game, six of them are positives and one is a warning to avoid something that should be avoided. I’ll get that one over first.
TIP 1 - NEVER MAKE THE “TIE” BET
Baccarat has very low house edges on two of its three bets; those three bets being Banker, Player and Tie.
Banker - house edge of 1.06 percent. (expectation is to lose 1.06 units for every 100 units)
Player - house edge of 1.24 percent. (expectation is to lose 1.24 units for every 100 units)
And now the rotten bet, the Tie - house edge of approximately 14.4 percent.
That means you lose 14.4 units for every 100 units wagered.
TIP 2 - BANKER IS CLEARLY THE BEST BET
The Banker will win slightly over 50 percent of the time. In order not to give the player an edge on that bet every win has a 5 percent commission taken from it.
You might as well go with the Banker.
TIP 3 - KEEP GOING WITH BANKER UNTIL IT LOSSES
We are looking to capitalize on streaks and the bet that will have the (slightly) better chance for a streak will be the Banker. If you find that the Banker does go on a streak from your first bet then keep betting it.
Do keep in mind, however, that the fact a streak has occurred is no indication that it will continue to occur (meaning don’t be too aggressive with your betting amounts). You still face a house edge on every bet you make and you can’t bet your way out of such an edge.
TIP 4 - WAIT ONE DECISION AFTER A BANKER LOSS
So, you finally lose on the Banker bet. Player wins. Don’t jump in with another bet. Wait for the next decision. Whatever that decision is then that is what you bet. Keep in mind that if the Tie is the decision neither the Banker nor the Player loses. (That’s why it’s called a tie.)
TIP 5 - TIE BETS DO NOT COUNT
In this recommended style of play all Tie bets are invisible --- they don’t count; they are simply a pause in the action. If the sequence goes Banker, Banker, Tie, you treat the Tie as if it did not occur. You would therefore continue to bet Banker.
TIP 6 - RIDE THE PLAYER BET UNTIL IT LOSES
When Player loses to Banker you will not wait out the next decision. You will immediately hop on the Banker. That’s right, when Banker wins you immediately bet it.
Now, should Banker lose, follow number 4! We are always looking for Banker streaks.
TIP 7 - MONEY MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL IN BACCARAT
Take a break if your money is getting lesser.
Give yourself some decent amount of time 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, then split your win in half and only use that to continue your play. Lose it then take the rest of you win and go on break.