Baccarat is a betting game best played using a strategy. There’re many Baccarat strategies to choose from. But if you were to ask me for my top three, I would have to choose Baccarat strategies that are:
- Easy to understand
- Have the best possible chances of reducing the casinos house edge; meaning you have a strong likelihood of winning.
The whole concept of how to play Baccarat requires a strategy to be applied to the game.
Unlike Roulette, the game of Baccarat is played out in a logical rule-based way. So, to have the best possible chance of success, you need to use methods that have been designed to take advantage of the various aspects shoe outcomes form. For instance; winning, when outcomes form:
OPPOSITE STREAKS: P B P B P Or BANKER AND PLAYER STREAKS: B B B B B / P P P P P P
Most shoe outcomes tend to embody mixed outcomes; combinations of the both forms.
I’d say nearly all Baccarat players betting for outcomes in online and live Baccarat games are using some form of strategy. Some methods will outperform others and then there’re the best of the best.
I’m aware there’re those who say players don’t have any advantage when using sets of rules (strategies) to try and win at Baccarat than if they were to bet randomly. I beg to differ, and so below I’ve revealed:
STRATEGY 1: THE ONE-SIDED BACCARAT STRATEGY
On the face of it taking one side (Banker or Player) may seem a little over simplistic. But don’t under estimate the power of this strategy. If played correctly, the odds of you going ahead into a winning position – during 1 out of 2 Baccarat shoes betted on – is approximately 3:1. And the odds that your casino bankroll will hover around level (breakeven) is approximately 4:1.
A little-known fact about this method is that both sides; Player and Banker at some stage during a shoe do gain an advantage. (although often not by much) This occurs in approximately 8 out of every 10 shoes. So, the likelihood of the side you’ve chosen to go with does stand an excellent chance of going ahead by 1 or more units.
If you were to flat bet, you’d need at least 3+ unit wins to push ahead of the opposing side, to give you that edge of confidence to continue and form an opinion that this strategy makes a lot of sense.
ONE-SIDED BACCARAT STRATEGY IN ACTION
Begin betting at the start of a new Baccarat shoe. When the outcomes go against you, ‘stand your ground,’ by triggering a stop loss. Never allow yourself to lose more than 3-in-a-row. (flat betting units or double down units)
If/When you’ve lost three times stop betting. Wait for your side to occur again. This will be your trigger to begin betting on your side.
Set yourself a target you aim to reach in any one shoe. I’d recommend 5+ unit wins. But you may wish to push for more. If you do and lose, be sure to evaluate how far into a shoe you’re prepared to risk betting in because the opposing side might be “making a comeback.”
Don’t fight against the tide when you don’t need to. Take your profits and find another Baccarat table.
If you happen to be backing the Banker side, bear in mind on most Baccarat tables, there’s commission to pay on Banker wins. While this may not impact on your objective of making money, it can add up if you happen to come across a strong Player dominant shoe.
BANKER BEWARE TIP
I’m sticking my neck out here since I’m aware Banker lovers might get hot under their collars, but don’t believe the, best strategy mantra that says, ‘always bet on the Banker.’ In short;
- The average online casino player bets in 2-3 Baccarat shoes every other day. It doesn’t follow that most of those shoes will end up being Banker dominant. Indeed, most could be Player dominant.
- Even if you take it to the extreme, say over 100,000 Baccarat shoes, Banker will only have a slight edge over the Player side. And this edge is reduced by all that juicy Banker commission!
When you come across a bad shoe the, 3-in-a-row stop loss will be an important rule to implement. Your second stop loss in any one bad shoe should be a final stop loss. If this number is reached you should stop betting on that shoe. I’d say not to take more than a 9- hit on any one bad Baccarat shoe.
UNDERSTANDING THE LIMITS OF THE ONE-SIDED BACCARAT STRATEGY
Most strategies can’t always reduce the house edge and/or always be able to net profits 100% of all Baccarat shoes bet on. And while this is true of the One-Sided Baccarat Strategy it’s also true of the house; casinos don’t always win. Moreover, they don’t win when a group of players are using the same strategy that is working well on any one shoe. I’ve seen this in land-based casinos and I’m sure it also occurs within online and live Baccarat games too.
Overall you should enjoy the good shoes, when your side is occurring in streaks of three or more wins in a row, and doubles against singles, ride that winning wave and gain as many winning units as you can.
Have a look at some live 888 casino Baccarat shoes in action and make some notes of the outcomes to try and workout how well this strategy performs. You could always make some adjustments, for instance doubling down for outcomes you feel might have a higher probability of occurring following certain lost outcomes. This may propel the number of units you’re able to gain. Patience and experience of the strategy will help form further tweaks.
There’s a lot more to this strategy for advanced Baccarat Players, but I’ve revealed the core aspects that’ll keep anyone wanting to have a good chance of staying in the game and securing a fair amount of unit stake wins whilst being able to manage losses.
STRATEGY 2: THE TREND SWITCH COMBAT BACCARAT STRATEGY
In my previous article I wrote about four main Baccarat trends. For this trend switch combat strategy, you basically switch between trend 1 and 2.
Start off flat betting and follow the rules of those two trends. So, when you’ve lost twice on one of the trends instead of stopping and waiting for a trigger, you simply switch to the other trend. Incorporate my Strategy 3: ‘Breaking the Doubles’ into this trend switch combat strategy and you’ll be gambling like a casino pro!
Your overall stop loss needs to be a bit wider, I’d say 12- and your target around 8+. With this strategy you’ll profit from both trends, whilst maintaining control. You’ll have your secret double down moment and the odds of you reaching your target is very likely, 65% and the odds of you not reaching your target, but going into profit, 85% on average in both cases 2 in every 3 shoes.
STRATEGY 3: BREAKING THE DOUBLES STRATEGY
This is one of my favourite Baccarat strategies and is a variation I’ve formed out of my book title: ‘The Ultimate Silver Bullet Proof Baccarat Winning Strategy 2.1’
You’re getting an ‘exclusive lowdown’ here; direct from a Baccarat Pro. I use my strategy on almost every occasion I bet on a Baccarat table. ‘And the house hates it!
Can it overcome the house edge? Well given that approximability 90% of all Baccarat shoe outcomes are formed of zigzagged streaks and a combination of Banker and Player AND zigzagged streaks, then the answer is yes it can! Let’s put it this way…when you’re on a losing shoe you’ll know this for sure thus can avoid them.
- Most shoes are dominated by zigzagged B/P and double outcomes: PP BB
- Player and/or Banker streaks tend to occur in clusters: so back to back or within a short distance from each other.
THE STRATEGY WORKS AS FOLLOWS:
- You bet opposite. When the zigzagged pattern continues, bet with it.
Example: B P B P B P B P B P
- You may have reached your target (I suggest 3+ to 5+ unit wins) if you haven’t and you meet a double:
When you lose DOUBLE DOWN ONCE, in the above example the 4th Banker from the left i.e. the Banker that formed the double Bank was the losing outcome. You would double down your wager once. The 5th Player wins thus ‘breaking the double!’
As you can see, I’ve also layout the sequence of outcomes horizontally and added the plus unit wins in relation to step 1 and 2.
Repeat the rules for the above two steps until you reach your target. For this strategy your overall stop loss on each shoe played should be 9- When you run into streaks of Bankers and Players you’ll have two chooses if you haven’t already reached your overall stop loss or stopped because you’ve reached your target.
- When you lose your double down breaking the double bet. stop and wait for a reset as seen in the following example. The circled B was the trigger to bet again, so you would have bet for the P
- Exit the shoe, especially if it’s half way through and you’re not in profit. However, if a shoe shows very strong, back to back B/P streaks in the first half, there’s a high probability there could be a change to zigzagged streaks. See example: