At the casino the other night. Finished one shoe with super heavy Players. (I outlined it within another thread on the board here) A guy sits down, well known among the players and dealers of the casino. It is the very ending of the shoe and he comments as to how much money he would have made wagering on this this very shoe. (Just about what almost all players say when they walk into the baccarat room at the B&M casino anyways, not really out of the ordinary).
Buys in for $2,000.00. Waits until the shuffle and the new shoe is set up. This is the shoe with the 10 Bankers out of the gate, one Player and then another 4 or 5 or so Bankers. He starts out $250.00 on the first wager with the Banker side. Wins and throws in $400.00 or $450 on the Players side. Losses. Wagers the Players side for like the next 3 wagers for about $300.00 to $500.00 a bet. Losses every single one, while the entire table is wagering Banker of course. He says out loud, "has to cut to the Players, especially being the beginning of the shoe". Losses everything in front of him and buys in again with another $2,000.00. Continues on the Players side and just about losses it all once again by the time the first 10 Bankers come out.
He switches to Bankers like the last 2 hands, and wins the 9th and the 10th Banker hands. He is sitting with about $1,500.00 or so at this point. He losses it all on the next 4 Bankers as he kept reciting how the Players side was due to catch up and equal the Banker side.
I cringe when I see this stuff. I did not say anything to him as I really did not know him, just seen him a bunch of times. But the believe and the wagering of people that think and figure out the game in their mind is so overwhemling!
IMO, this style and these believes came on around 2000ish or so, after the introduction of the Midi/Macau style tables with the removal of the big 14 player and 3 dealer orginal baccarat tables in most all casinos that had baccarat. Coupled with the internet really coming on and social media all combined, etc., etc.
You know, I was talking with a couple dealers at a few different casinos that have been around since the 80's and the 90's. Every one of them agrees, during the past 10 plus years they have not seen the regular sight that used to exist on a regular basis at the baccarat tables. That is, where the dealer's bank rack would get emptied by the players when there were the long streaks and long alternating chops, where the entire table would band together with huge motivation and commaraderie., etc. While the occasional player will still win $25,000.00 or even $50,000.00 over a shoe or two or three, the quick and 10-20 hand empting of the dealer's rack just is not seen any longer.
What is the sad part, all the great times and sections that really do present themselves at the baccarat tables now or either not capitilized on or used as an attempted make up of immediate losses that the players just incurred to fuel themselves for another shoe or two. Sad but really the truth and reality in its pure raw form.
If you have not played in a B&M casino baccarat prior to 2000 or the late 1990's, you have no idea what used to happen and the huge wins as compared to todays losses and almost non capitalized upon great sections and presentments. I see much more wagering on the cut or the opposite sides as to what the shoe is presenting than I do any continued streak or even following an alternating chop. Why, I do not know, but 100% fact.