Best Baccarat Bets
Before we get into the actual betting strategy of Baccarat, we must first tell you how to play Baccarat. Many people don’t even understand the game at first sight, but don’t worry, we didn’t either.
Baccarat is a French variation of the Italian game baccarà, introduced into France about 1490. It is a comparing card game played between two hands, the “player” and the “banker”. Each baccarat coup has three possible outcomes: “player” (player has the higher score), “banker”, and “tie”.
There are three popular variants of the game: punto banco(or “North American Baccarat”), Baccarat Chemin de Fer (or “chemmy”), and Baccarat Banque (or “à deux tableaux”). Punto banco is strictly a game of chance, with no skill or strategy involved; each player’s moves are forced by the cards the player is dealt.
In Baccarat Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banque, by contrast, both players can make choices, which allows skill to play a part. Despite this, the winning odds are in favour of the bank, with a house edge no lower than around 1 percent.
We will now point out the best strategies for playing Baccarat, which is basically the two best value bets you can make when giving a go at this incredible game of skill and luck.
Bet On The Player (House Edge: 1.24%)
The favorite game of James Bond (at least the Sean Connery and Roger Moore versions), baccarat is a game of tradition and ritual. The only real choice made is whether to bet on the player, the banker or the tie. Don’t bet the tie; a whopping 14.36 percent house edge keeps it off this list. The player bet has a respectable 1.24 percent house edge.
Bet On The Banker (House Edge: 1.06%)
Baccarat gets two-in-a-row on our list of best casino bets, as the Banker bet slightly eclipses the house bet with a house edge slightly over one percent. At a big high-limit table, the shoe travels from player to player, and the “dealer” makes the Banker bet and the rest of the table bets on the Player (though players have the option to make any bet they please). At a mini baccarat table, the casino provides the dealer.