Baccarat Myths Revealed

Baccarat Myths Revealed

Baccarat is seen as a stylish and classy game and often considered to be a game for the rich and the famous. Baccarat is an easy game to play as there are only 3 bets – player, banker or tie and it is not difficult to win. The excitement of this game has drawn in many players over the years. Since the advent of online gaming sites, baccarat has become available to many players who have never had the opportunity to play it before. With the increase in its popularity came several myths and superstitions. These myths are interesting and sometimes amusing but they have no influence over your chances of winning. Players who enjoy baccarat typically like to play blackjack too.

Baccarat Patterns

Baccarat is a game of complete luck, so following patterns will not help. The chances of having a winning hand for one round are the same in all rounds. The banker will win more than the player because of the casino edge but watching for patterns will not increase the odds of winning. 

Card Counting

Blackjack is a game where card counting can be very useful to players. And because baccarat uses the same deck as blackjack, many players think card counting will work with baccarat as well. However, there is a difference between blackjack and baccarat that makes card counting useful in blackjack and not in baccarat. Unlike baccarat, the used blackjack cards are returned to the shoe and this is why card counting is useful. Blackjack players can also change their bet during a hand if a favourable card count should appear. Unfortunately, this does not work for baccarat. 

Baccarat Strategies

There are many card games, like blackjack and poker, where strategy can increase the chances of winning. However, baccarat is not one of these games because it is a game of chance and not a game of skill. There are some baccarat tips that may help players, but not to the extent that strategies help poker and blackjack players. 

Profit Cannot Be Made From Baccarat

It is true that for baccarat, as for all casino games, that the casino has the edge. However, baccarat actually has one of the lowest edges of all casino games. This gives players a better chance of winning compared to roulette and slots games. So, players can more easily win money from baccarat without any special knowledge or skill. 

Bending and Blowing on Cards

One baccarat superstition that many players believe in is bending the cards. Players will bend the cards when they first receive them without looking at the value of the card. Instead, the player looks for the number of suits that are on the edge of the card. This will give them an idea of what card they may be holding. Cards with higher ranks have 3 suits on the longer edge and 2 on the shorter edge. Cards with lower ranks have fewer suits on the edge. When players are peeking at their cards, it is common for them to look at their cards, turn them horizontally and then look at them again. Every time this is done, the player leaves a crease in the card, making that card unusable for the next game of baccarat. Then, players may blow in the cards in order to remove the unwanted suits and to get the card they need. In general, the only players that do this are those who play at higher stake games because they are allowed to touch their cards. 

The Use of Pens

Pens are often used during baccarat games. Players want to record the hands that have been dealt, so the casino provides baccarat players with pens. Sometimes baccarat players will stick the pen through the center of a card because it is lucky or because they were dealt the card they wanted. This is frowned upon at lower stakes tables but higher stakes players are almost expected to do this. In addition, some players think that tapping their glass or an ashtray with a pen will give them more luck. 

Betting Strategies

Some baccarat players like to bet against a player if they are losing and bet with a player if they win because they believe that the luck of both players affects the game. Players also like to look for trends of several consecutive wins by the banker and then they bet on the next win. These players will walk through the casino looking for a table that has a trend. The best bet to make in baccarat is called the ‘banker bet’ or betting that the banker will win. This has gives player a better chance to win because the banker has an edge over the players. That means that the ‘player bet’ is not as favorable of a bet because the odds are worse for the player. Baccarat is a good option for players because they will be able to play baccarat longer than most other casino games.