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Baccarat Probabilities and Winning Odds

What makes Baccarat so appealing? Many individuals have designated this to be their favourite game for 3 reasons:

  1. The house has a very low edge.
  2. There is not a lot of strategy to consider when playing.
  3. And it is essentially a very simple game to learn and play.

The words Baccarat,glitz and glamour are synonims in the gambling world. Typically, the Baccarat tables in Vegas and AC casinos are roped-off affairs, with velvet partitions and beautiful women adorning the crowd and attending to the high-rolling participants. Solemn and serious, tuxedo-clad dealers add to the striking image of overt wealth and prestige. Because of all this, one might expect Baccarat to be complicated and accessible only to the wealthy but, this is not the case. Baccarat is one of the easiest games to master due to the small number of strategic decisions and possible maneauvers.

This section will help you understand what your chances of winning in baccarat really are, and also how to make the correct decisions enabling you to increase your own likelihood of winning.

The following are a few common questions people ask when thinking about Baccarat probabilities:

Where's the Best Bet?

The house edge for a banker bet outcome is only 1.17%, while the edge for a player bet outcome is slightly more at 1.35%. Thus, due to the attractiveness of the game. It should be remembered that most casinos will charge a 5% commission on winning banker bets. This simply illustrates to you which outcome is more probable, and therefore the best bet.

Should I Wager on a Tie?

Universally not recommended by any gaming experts, the Tie bet outcome is seldom a winner. The payout odds are significantly higher (8:1, opposed to 2:1) which makes it irresistible for those who are looking for that quick buck to make, or who operate more on luck and fortune than on mathematical deduction and logic. If you do choose to bet on the Tie, don't expect to win very often, but should you have the luck to win when betting on Tie – Well, congratulations!

Number of decks?

An important thing to consider when choosing which game to play, the number of decks being used is often unwisely overlooked. The advantage of playing games with fewer numbers of decks being used, are illustrated below. The number of decks used is displayed on the far left column, followed by the bet outcome in the middle, and finally the probability of these outcomes on the far right:

  Bet Outcome Probability

1 DECK

Bank 45.96%
Player 44.68%
Tie 9.36%

4 DECKS

Bank 45.88%
Player 44.63%
Tie 9.49%

6 DECKS

Bank 45.87%
Player 44.63%
Tie 9.51%

8 DECKS

Bank 45.86%
Player 44.62%
Tie 9.52%

Noticeably, the lowest house edge occurs when betting on the Bank with only 1 deck being used. The margin is small but, Baccarat is often a high-stakes game, so every decimal-point of an advantage you can gain will inevitably lead to more positive results and more money in your pocket!

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