Okay, the bottom line question here after reading this information is probably: What is the best bet? Or, how do I win?
The heart of the game lies in its patterns or streaks. Most casinos will offer pencils and blank charts in order to track the trends. Remember, it is streaks or patterns you seek. Many baccarat strategists concentrate on riding the streaks, using a variety of money management theories to parlay their wins. Shoes start to develop characteristics, with Banker rolling off 5...6...7...8 or more wins in a row. The idea is to ride the streak: get on, then off at the right time.
Other shoes are described as choppy: Banker, Player, Banker, Tie, Player, Banker, Banker, Player, etc. If you cannot discern a recognizable pattern, you have the choice of not betting at all. Remember, many baccarat players will buy-in, then sit and wait while the game is being dealt, searching for trends, observing patiently, then pick a spot. Naturally, this approach requires great discipline.
Shoes do develop outstanding characteristics that can change as the hands progress.
There have been numerous theories posed and written concerning mathematical deviations and streaks in gambling. I will propose that if you see a noticeable pattern or streak develop, pay attention to it. If there is a run of 6 bankers in a row, there is no reason that there can be another one. There are some who upon seeing a run of three Bankers or Players, will bet against it, figuring it cant happen again.
The same holds true in baccarat. Despite the independent nature of these events, baccarat aficionados look for repetitious patterns in the games outcome. They will tell you that you can only lose once when betting into a streak, but lose many times betting against it. I have personally witnessed regular runs of 5,6,7, or more on one side. Most recently I was watching a table where 21 Bankers in a row came out. The fellow sitting next to me kept exclaiming, There cant be more Bankers after 5 in a row, and proceeded to put his money on Player for another 6 hands. He had lost 11 in a row when he finally switched sides. These are the shoes for which one dreams. Three weeks before, I witnessed 11 Players in a row.
Streaks are the easiest pattern to recognize, but there are also several others which are easy to follow as well. One has a pattern of several wins for one side then switches to the other then back.
Below are several common repeating patterns you will encounter sooner or later.
Whatever approach you take, consider baccarat. There is a reason this is the game of choice for the highest of rollers. One of them, author/publisher/player, Lyle Stuart (Lyle Stuart on Baccarat) sums it up: The Rule of Three says you either bet on the streak, or you dont bet at all...If you bet with the streak and youre wrong, you lose only one wager. If you bet against it and are stubborn, the casino will soon own your potato farm.
A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned. - Paul Newman, The Color of Money
"You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it."- Albert Einstein
It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck. - Joseph Conrad
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