How Much Should You Bet at Baccarat?
By Alan Krigman
'Unfortunately, the bankroll sufficiency and win goal criteria conflict with one another.'
I went to my local casino yesterday, and behold there's lots of food deals including steak which I like. Cheap red wine again this month too.
I got around to watching the baccarat, as I do when I go there. Four tables going. Is anyone betting the maximum bet? A: No! Is anyone betting near the maximum bet? A: No! Is anyone betting 1/2 the maximum bet? A: No! Does anyone bet more than a few chips anytime? A: No!
THEY'RE ALL PLAYING CHICKEN, they put a couple of small chips here and there and squeeze the cards and hope that they can look like they're a smart bettor this time.
Does that tell you anything?
Do you think a winning player would bet anything other than the max?
If you can predict the outcome with certainty, you would bet THE MAX.
If you can predict the outcome with 51% accuracy, your betting would slowly move towards THE MAX because you would do some sort of bankroll management to move it up there. Given that my casino has been open for over 20 years, you can surmise that this isn't happening with anyone.
The answer is simple...Bet with play money, enjoy the casino specials, the free entertainment and socialize with your friends. Forget about winning anything.