Baccarat Regulations and Strategy

Punto Banco Policies

Baccarat chemin de fer is enjoyed with 8 decks in a dealing shoe. Cards valued less than 10 are counted at their printed value while 10, J, Q, K are zero, and Ace is one. Wagers are placed on the ‘banker’, the ‘player’, or on a tie (these aren’t actual people; they simply represent the 2 hands to be dealt).

Two hands of 2 cards are then dealt to the ‘banker’ and ‘gambler’. The score for every hand is the sum total of the two cards, although the first number is dumped. For example, a hand of 5 and six has a score of 1 (five plus six = 11; drop the first ‘1′).

A third card may be given out using the rules below:

- If the gambler or banker gets a total of 8 or 9, both players stay.

- If the player has less than 5, she hits. Players holds otherwise.

- If the gambler holds, the banker hits on five or lower. If the player takes a card, a table is used to decide if the bank holds or hits.

Baccarat Banque Odds

The larger of the two hands wins. Winning bets on the house payout 19 to 20 (even money less a 5 percent commission. Commission are recorded and paid off once you quit the game so be sure to have cash around before you depart). Winning wagers on the gambler pays out at 1 to 1. Winning bets for tie usually pay 8 to 1 but sometimes 9:1. (This is a poor wager as ties occur less than one in every 10 hands. Be cautious of wagering on a tie. Although odds are substantially greater for nine to one versus 8 to 1)

Wagered on properly baccarat banque gives relatively decent odds, apart from the tie bet of course.

Punto Banco Strategy

As with all games Baccarat has quite a few familiar false impressions. One of which is similar to a false impression in roulette. The past isn’t a prophecy of future events. Keeping score of past outcomes on a page of paper is a poor use of paper and a snub to the tree that surrendered its life for our stationary desires.

The most common and probably the most acknowledged course of action is the one-three-two-six technique. This tactic is deployed to build up profits and minimizing risk.

Start by betting 1 dollar. If you succeed, add 1 more to the two on the table for a total of 3 dollars on the second bet. If you succeed you will have six on the game table, remove four so you keep two on the 3rd wager. Should you win the third bet, put down two to the 4 on the table for a sum total of six on the fourth round.

Should you lose on the first wager, you take a hit of one. A win on the 1st wager followed by a hit on the second creates a loss of 2. Success on the initial two with a hit on the 3rd gives you with a gain of two. And success on the initial three with a loss on the fourth means you are even. Winning at all four rounds leaves you with 12, a gain of 10. This means you can give up the 2nd bet 5 times for every favorable streak of four wagers and in the end, balance the books.

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