Baccarat - also known as punto banco - has a lot to do with luck. Most card games do, but that doesn’t mean that skill cannot be used to try and influence the outcome of a hand. One of the many ways that baccarat players may try to do this is by incorporating baccarat betting strategies into their game.
Can I guarantee a win by using a baccarat strategy?
First and foremost, there is no baccarat strategy in the world (nor any casino strategy for that matter) which can guarantee players a win on each hand they play. If there was, the casinos would have figured them out and altered the rules of the game to ensure that they become null and void. Baccarat strategies may not be designed to guarantee players a win, but they can indeed be used to minimise the risk of losses when playing.
There are plenty of baccarat strategies out there to get to grips with. However, any baccarat strategy you plan on learning will take a bit of time to master. Let’s start with the simpler ones to help you on your way.
The Martingale baccarat system
The Martingale is one of the oldest betting systems around and deployed by millions of players across the globe. It can be used in roulette, blackjack and many other primarily luck-based games. The way it works is rather simple. This negative progression betting system requires players to double on losses. For instance:
If you wager $1 on baccarat and win, you bet the same stake again. If you lose, you double the bet to $2. In theory, when you eventually win, you will be up by the same amount as your original stake. This sounds unbeatable, but it isn’t. The flaw with the system is that the longer you go on without winning, the more expensive your bets become. It may come to the point where you run out of funds, so a win does need to occur somewhat frequently to keep you afloat.
The Paroli baccarat system
The Paroli system is similar to the Martingale, although it is a positive progression betting system. This strategy involves doubling your bet when you win. In theory, you will again be up by a small amount when you land wins. Like the Martingale system, the Paroli system is flawed for the same reason. It is only ideal for players wagering small sums of money because if you were to go on a long losing streak with big stakes, you could eventually run out of money.
Both the Martingale and Paroli strategies are only really ideal for players who want to manage their bankrolls to avoid heavy losses and not players who wish to win vast sums of cash.
The Labouchere baccarat system
There other betting strategies which can be used in baccarat, too. The Labouchere system is one such option. This is trickier to master and is also a negative progression betting system. Players must write down a sequence of numbers, such as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. On their first bet, they wager the two end numbers, so 1+5, which equates to a $6 stake. Should they lose, they add another number to the end of the list, and the new bet becomes 1+6 or a $7 bet.
If players win, they cross off the 1 and 6 from the paper and wager the next two innermost numbers, so 2+4, which is also a $6 bet. In theory, players will eventually end up with a profit based on the two end number of the sequence, provided they don’t run out of money first.
The Fibonacci baccarat system
Fibonacci is the latest basic baccarat betting strategy we will look at. More commonly found at the roulette table, this system can also be used to play roulette. Again, it is a negative progressive betting system. With this betting system, each bet is the sum of the previous two bets. So, if you were to start with a sequence of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 13, 21, 34, 55, etc, as far as you wish to go.
Should you lose, you add the two previous bets together, to form a new bet. Should you win, you scroll back two numbers and start again from there, thus reducing the bet. In theory, you should end up ahead. Again, though, if you go on lengthy losing streaks, the cost of bets can add up quite quickly.
Practice makes perfect
All four baccarat betting strategies listed here are ideal for beginners. Players should always test out these systems on free-to-play baccarat games, before committing to using them on real money games. It is best to understand how the strategies work and what types of stakes are ideal for you, before putting them into practice.