Punto Banco Principles

Baccarat is gambled on with eight decks of cards in a dealer’s shoe. Cards valued less than 10 are valued at their printed value and with 10, J, Q, K are zero, and Ace is 1. Bets are placed on the ‘bank’, the ‘player’, or for a tie (these aren’t actual people; they simply represent the 2 hands to be dealt).

Two hands of two cards are then dealt to the ‘banker’ and ‘gambler’. The score for each hand is the sum total of the cards, although the first digit is dropped. e.g., a hand of five and 6 has a total of one (5 plus six equals 11; ignore the 1st ‘1′).

A 3rd card could be given depending on the following rules:

- If the player or banker gets a value of eight or nine, the two players hold.

- If the player has less than five, he hits. Players otherwise stay.

- If the gambler stays, the banker hits on 5 or lower. If the player hits, a table is employed to see if the bank stays or takes a card.

Baccarat Chemin de Fer Odds

The greater of the two scores wins. Winning wagers on the bank pay out 19 to 20 (equal money less a 5% rake. The Rake is recorded and paid off when you depart the game so be sure to have money left over before you leave). Winning bets on the gambler pay 1:1. Winning wagers for a tie typically pay 8 to 1 but sometimes 9:1. (This is a awful bet as a tie occurs less than 1 in every 10 hands. Be wary of wagering on a tie. Although odds are substantially greater for nine to one versus 8 to 1)

Played properly baccarat offers relatively good odds, apart from the tie bet of course.

Baccarat Banque Strategy

As with all games punto banco has quite a few common false impressions. One of which is close to a misconception in roulette. The past is not a prophecy of future outcomes. Tracking previous outcomes on a chart is a poor use of paper and an insult to the tree that gave its life for our stationary needs.

The most common and probably the most accomplished course of action is the 1-3-2-6 tactic. This tactic is employed to build up winnings and minimizing losses.

Start by betting one dollar. If you win, add 1 more to the 2 on the game table for a sum total of 3 units on the second bet. Should you succeed you will now have 6 on the table, subtract four so you keep 2 on the third wager. If you come away with a win on the third bet, put down 2 to the 4 on the game table for a grand total of six on the fourth round.

If you do not win on the 1st wager, you take a loss of one. A profit on the 1st wager followed by a hit on the second causes a loss of two. Success on the 1st two with a defeat on the 3rd provides you with a take of 2. And success on the first three with a loss on the 4th means you balance the books. Winning all four rounds leaves you with twelve, a gain of 10. This means you are able to give up the second bet five times for every successful run of 4 wagers and in the end, balance the books.