Bigger is better.
The rich are different than you and me.
Most intelligent people would scoff if they were told the above cliches
were true. After all, bigger isn?t better when it comes to heart attacks.
The large-size pimples on the teenager?s cheek aren?t more of
a love enhancer than the small ones. And certainly, Ernest Hemingway said
it plainly about the riches? difference between you and me: ?Yeah,
they have more money!?
But in the casino world of baccarat, those clich?s are right on the
money. Let us explain. The full-blown, large-sized-table, James Bond-style
game of baccarat, usually played in the high-roller rooms of casinos for
table minimums of no less than $25 but usually $100 and up -- the version
where the players get to deal out the hands -- is a better game than the
mini-baccarat version played on a small-sized blackjack-style table in the
main casino, with minimums of $5, $10, and $25 where the dealers deal the
Yes, baccarat and mini-baccarat are the same game in terms of the various
bets that can be made [Player, Bank, Tie], the house edges on those bets,
and the house rules for playing the hands. But one essential difference
makes ?maxi? baccarat better than mini-baccarat -- speed. Just
as speed can make a difference in a crash (Which car would you rather be
in -- the one going 100 yards at one mile per hour into a brick wall, or
the one going 100 yards at 75 miles per hour into a brick wall? You?re
going the same distance, you?re hitting the same wall but one bumps
you and one obliterates you), speed in a casino game can turn a low-house
edge game into a cutpurse for the house.
As I showed in my book The Baccarat Battle Book: How to Attack the Game
of Baccarat, players are better off playing $25 per hand at baccarat than
they are playing $10 per hand at mini-baccarat, since mini-baccarat can
see close to three, four, or even five times the number of hands in a given
hour of play than its larger, more affluent cousin.
So, if you can handle the increase in volatility of the larger version,
than take yourself to the high-roller room and play with the rich, where
size matters, and bigger is better. With that said, if you have never played
baccarat or mini-baccarat before, here?s a little primer for you.
The game is dealt from an eight-deck shoe (sometimes six decks will be used).
All tens, jacks, queens and kings equal zero. The ace equals one. All the
other cards equal their face value. The highest possible hand is nine. If
you have two fives, the total would not be a 10 but a zero.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME
The objective of baccarat is for the players to correctly guess which of
three possible propositions will win on the next round: Bank, Player, or
Tie. Two cards are dealt to the Bank hand and two cards are dealt to the
Player hand. Sometimes a third card is dealt to either or both hands. Whichever
hand is closest to nine is the winner. A two-card hand of nine and a two-card
hand of eight are considered naturals and do not take any hits. However,
a two-card hand of nine beats a two-card hand of eight.
In baccarat the deal goes counterclockwise around the table from player
to player. The player who is dealing continues to deal as long as the Bank
hand keeps winning. However, as soon as a Player hand wins, the next player
gets to deal. Thus the shoe makes its way around the table. Players can
pass up their turn at dealing if they so wish. If you want to play baccarat
and you want to deal but you?re timid, don?t worry. The casino
personnel assigned to the baccarat tables are always willing to take you
through the deals step by step. In mini-baccarat, the dealer deals the hands.
After the Bank and Player hands have received two cards it is possible that
either or both might need to draw an extra card. The rules for drawing cards
are predetermined. They are also essentially irrelevant since the players
do not get to make any decisions concerning hitting or standing. Regardless
of whether a card is drawn, at the end of the deal, the hand that totals
nine or closer to nine wins.
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