We admit that it may be slightly misleading to have a page called baccarat strategy, as it implies that there's some element of skill in the game.
In reality, there's as much skill and strategy in baccarat as there is betting on raindrops on the window.
If you exclude the obvious money management, the best bit of advice we can give you is to bet on the banker and never ever be tempted to bet on tie, even if the payout is 8 or 9:1. The house edge on the tie bet of over 14% makes it one of the worst bets in the casino and one only slightly surpassed by games like keno and the wheel of fortune.
Below is a rundown of the three bets in baccarat:
- Bet on Banker (approx house edge: 1.1%)
- The best bet by far. Statistically, betting on the banker will give you more frequent wins.
- However, the 5% commission on the banker bet means your winnings will be slightly reduced.
- Bet on Player (approx house edge 1.25%)
- Sure you'll win sometimes, but not as much as the banker bet.
- On the positive side, you'll get to keep all your winnings.
- Bet on Tie (approx house edge 14.25%)
- A payout of 8:1 or 9:1 on the tie bet might sound tempting, but the odds are so bad you wouldn't even recommend it to your worst enemy.
Baccarat Strategy Do's and Dont's
- You should only bet on the banker and avoid the other two bets.
- Although betting on a tie offers odds of 8:1 or 9:1, we don't recommend it because of the low chance of winning.
- As well as having one of the best bets in the whole casino (banker), baccarat also has one of the worst (tie).
Don't be Fooled by Baccarat Systems
No matter what you've heard, there are no baccarat systems in existence that work. The fact that neither skill nor any real decision making are needed during a game makes it simply impossible to have a system. All those sites out there that offer baccarat systems are simply a con to get people to part with their money in exchange for a useless bit of software and/or a PDF. You have been warned.