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Baccarat Tips
Simple Strategy Tips for Playing Baccarat and Mini Baccarat Online

When it comes to Baccarat, most people tend to think of "high roller" betting, exclusive casino service and perhaps a little James Bond himself. And while these sentiments are correct to a certain extent, there is more to Baccarat, especially of the online variety.

When playing Baccarat at the online casino, there's no high stake limits, dress code, and unfortunately, no beautiful women serving free drinks. And with online Mini-Baccarat, which imposes even lower stakes and does not have the Banker hand rotation rule (as is the case with regular Baccarat), the accessibility of this classic casino game to the general public is even greater nowadays.

Incorporating strategy into a game of Baccarat is quite simple. In fact, the rules of Baccarat are simple in themselves. There are only three types of bets you can make, and quite frankly, you should being making one of the them the majority of the time.

The tie bet should be avoided at all costs, for it delivers a Casinos Edge of 15%. Even though it pays out a heftier chunk of change on a winning wager (when the Banker and Player hand have the same value), the Tie Bet is merely a lottery-style bet that only serves to decrease your chances of taking home some profit in the long run.

As for the other two bets - the Banker and the Player - it is the Banker bet that offers a lower Casinos Edge, albeit a slight advantage. While it is strategically fine to bet on both the Player and Banker hand (not on the same hand of course!), if you plan on sitting at the baccarat table indefinitely, some players espouse the majority of your bets should be on the Banker hand (according to long term probability). But I'll be the first to tell you that I've been through long Baccarat sessions in which the Player hand dominated the board. Go figure. Remember, gambling is ultimately about having good luck and a good time.

Also, if you can find a game of Baccarat with fewer decks, this helps to lower the Casinos Edge even further, albeit minimally. Most online casinos offer Baccarat with 8 decks, but it's not unheard of to play with 6 decks, especially at land-based casinos. As for mini-baccarat, this is played with one deck. However, the lowered Casinos Edge is offset by the lack of Banker rotation.

Also, pay attention to the vigorish taken on winning Banker hands. Since the actual House Edge for the Banker hand is lower than that of the Player's hand, all casinos charge a vig on winning Banker hands to offset the difference. The vig is almost always 5%. But again, it's not unheard of for a casino, especially a land-based casino, to offer 4% vig. Obviously, playing a game of Baccarat with lower vig is in your favor.

Additional Baccarat Tips

- Simple Strategy Tips for Playing Baccarat and Mini Baccarat Online
- Looking for Holes in the Baccarat Gambling System Pitch

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