Well I don't know! At times it is so easy and yet--at times it is so tough! Last weekend playing. The normal people, the normal crowd at the baccarat table. There was a couple of great shoes---frigging great--seriously, like the high 40's of one side and the low 20's of the opposite side. Problem was, everyone was against each other. Zero camaraderie with verbal explanation of almost every single hand, why the shoe was going to do 'such and such' or do 'so and so'. Also, verbally each person telling the others why they were wagering stupidly and hurting the table. Nothing but resentment. The 2 shoes were easy $50k to $100k shoes for anyone that wagers decent on them.
The shoe presentments were repeating themselves, whatever they were producing and to me those are the best ones! Long series of chop-chop's, series of double/pairs/ 7 to 12 streak bankers and players a couple times in each shoe, etc., etc., etc. Like I said, great shoes to follow, positive progression, win several and cut down and do it again and again throughout the shoe. But no, the people have to fight, pull rank and play against each other. Repeatedly wining several hands, throwing $400.00 out there, they win, high five and stack it up to $800.00. They win again and pull down $1,600 or $1,800.00 of it. Great, I thought they are actually getting the hang of this. Then they go to fighting. One places on the players and the other places on the banker and verbally tells him that he is wagering against him because he is wrong. And this is on a shoe where it is strong, super strong. Damn! You know years ago, we lived for these shoes and we all played together, every single person at the table. We was us clearly against the casino, nothing else. I will tell you when there was strong shoes, we all won at least 28 out of ever 30 strong shoes. Now it is like completely the opposite. Seriously! WTF??
More often than not, this is really what happens. Sometimes, very clear and at other times, still there but not so clear. The other problem I have learned over the years with most players, is their total lack of planning, direction, adherence to too many fallacies and fairy tales and their 'self-inflicted' collusion in the endless loop they are involved in. They need to back up, look and realize what they are doing. Coming into the casino with their hard earned money or their borrowed money, either one--play--usually win for a while and then their head blows up and they go for it, hard and fast. And then that endless-loop comes out, they go bust and they buy in a few more times and the same things happen. No plan and no direction. This is really the upper 90 percentile of every time they come in to gamble at baccarat.
The problem almost all players have, is their ability to recognize the shoe-presentments, as well as merging and interfacing their wagering with what MIGHT or MIGHT NOT happen in the shoe. Within the instant shoe and within the section they are currently in. As I have literally laid out in a series of 10 articles within the highlighted section of my Blog, merely believing in a system or a wagering protocol/triggers (we all of them) of two or three variations will not allow you to profit at this game. All that does, and it normally will take you years to figure out, is you win and you give it all back and then some trying to those triggers again and again. Simple, but yet so complicated for most all players.
As I have said, the game is considerably more than knowing what will win a few times-sometimes. Because there is 'something' always winning and losing, every single hand. I see stacks and stacks of chips--but the value of them is nothing to most players because they are not cashed out and kept as cash funds. They are merely regarded as 'possibilities' for larger wins and the straightening out of all their problems, in the casino and outside the casino. There is no other reason, none whatsoever.