(note: this is a repost of my introduction on the Baccarat Pro by Autobetic thread in the Baccarat Forum - just in case you missed it there)
Greetings BetSelection's Autobetic Community!
My name is Sid and I’m the founder of Autobetic.com
. I’m really excited to have joined this forum and I’m hoping it will allow me to reach out to like-minded people, make new friends, and improve my new Baccarat App. I chose to kick things off here at BetSelection because I felt the Baccarat Forum here had a really interesting and passionate community!
Besides the usual introduction, I thought the best way to kick things off was to share my motivation behind building the Baccarat Pro App, as well as starting Autobetic.
I used to go by the moniker PuntPundit a long time ago, and back then I used to write quite a bit for gambling related reading/marketing material - both offline and online.
My love for gambling goes way back. I played poker professionally (online) for a while (about 3 years part-time, and a year full-time) but I had to stop in 2013 because the authorities in my country (Singapore) outlawed remote gambling.
I am extremely analytical, mathematical, and data-centric (and I pursued a career in the tech and digital space after poker). So that’s typically the approach I take towards all of my betting pursuits.
Some of you might already be asking:Why would a Poker player build a Baccarat App? Shouldn't you know better?
Yea, I should. Baccarat is a -EV game (if you don’t know what EV is and if you’re serious about being a better gambler, read my article about Expected Value). It can't be beat at the casino in the long run. The odds are always working against you, even if you catch a break on the good side of variance every now and then.
So why then? Because of a silly little thing called love.
I'm marrying the girl of my dreams this July. I met her shortly after I stopped playing poker professionally and got a regular job in 2014. Shortly after we first met, I told her (almost braggingly) about my poker past (which I have always been rather proud of). But she was very disturbed. She said she couldn't be with a gambler. Her father, who had left when she was born, had a gambling problem. He was always concocting strategies, making crazy bets, and chasing the big win - that never came. He always thought he could beat Baccarat. He begged, borrowed, and stole. And then he left without saying goodbye. As far as she was concerned, gambling (especially Baccarat) tore her family apart. Her mom, through much hardship had to raise her alone all while dealing with the debt that her father had left behind. In short, it was rough.
Being the analytical person that I am, I took a very data-centric argument to the whole thing. I loved gambling and felt that it was a beautiful thing if properly understood and done responsibly. And I wanted to make her understand that.
I taught her how to play poker (she does at least pretend to enjoy it now), and educated her on gambling theory. I even got her to read some of my blog posts, especially the one explaining Expected Value which I think anyone who gambles on anything should read and comprehend before placing a bet. And then I got to wondering, what could I do to educate people like her Dad (he passed away a few years back, she never got to meet him) in a meaningful way? How could I show people who were researching Baccarat strategies or falling for scam strategy sellers that it wasn't going to work? How could I save another family from going through what hers did?
I took to Baccarat the same way I had approached Poker. First, by studying the math behind the game, then by researching strategies (including many of those that were and still are being sold online), running my own simulations, and speaking with people who were far more experienced in the matter than I was (like many of you here!). Along the way I made some friends who were extremely intelligent people and yet had fallen for Baccarat scams. All of that turned into a quest to build an App that would not just calculate strategies from a mathematical point of view (which would not account for things like variance) but for a real world scenario. A simulation software that would deal unique hands each time (unlike the Zuma shoes everyone uses) and would be meaningful (and easy) enough to use for seasoned gambling professionals, newbies, and at-risk Baccarat gamblers.The result: Baccarat Pro by Autobetic.
The App is currently available on the iOS App store and we’re working hard to get the Android version up within the next 2-3 months. You can view a demo of how it works here
. It's not perfect, but based on all the research I've done it's the best one out there. I'm hoping with your insights, feedback, and experience we can make it even better. After all, there is a lot of Baccarat brain power in here.
While there is a paid Premium component to the App which unlocks some features, the free version doesn't restrict too much. And if you're using this to help folks who are at-risk of causing harm to themselves or their family, just reach out to me and I'll waive the cost (as well as help in any way I can). The money we make from this simply goes back into creating new Apps (we’re hoping to hit Blackjack, Roulette, and Poker next).
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to participating in this forum and connecting with all of you enlightened Baccarat pros! More than anything else, I’m here to learn.