How to Play Baccarat Online Better than Bond

James Bond is a legend in many respects. His casino adventures are prominent parts of many of his 24 films, and he outplays his opponents at the casino tables as his character outwits his enemies.

As noted in this tribute to James Bond and his casino dominance, baccarat was his game of choice for many years. Technically, his game was Chemin de Far, a faster and Frenchier game. Nevertheless, his affinity for baccarat in his films through his early years led countless people to take up the game in their local casinos.

Changes Through the Years

Just as Bond transferred his gambling skills to Texas Hold’em poker in more recent movies, the game of baccarat itself changed. While it remains a part of nearly every casino in the world – especially popular with high-stakes gamblers – it has also kept up with technology. Baccarat is a very popular game online.

While baccarat followed poker and other table games to online casinos, it wasn’t until a few years ago when live dealer casinos online brought the game to life.

Baccarat online is more exciting than ever, as the live dealer baccarat games allow players to see a real dealer and real cards but play from the comfort of their own homes. Players are welcome to dress in a Bond-style suit, but it’s certainly not required. (Dealers cannot see the players online.) This also makes online baccarat the ideal forum in which to learn the game and practice strategies.

Here are the top tips from baccarat experts on how to play the game well and begin working a little strategy into the basic game.

  1. Never Make the “tie” Bet

The number one tip from the experts at 888casino, where online baccarat is quite popular, is to never make the “tie” bet. The player and banker bets offer very low house edges, some of the lowest in any online casino.

While the player bet gives the house a 1.24% advantage and only 1.06% on the banker, the tie bet gives the house a 14.4% edge.

Most players bet on the banker until it loses, and then they change to player bets. However, since every hand is equally random, there can be no streaks for betting…technically.

  1. Avoid Mini-Baccarat

New players, especially those still working on the math and betting aspects of the game, should stay far away from mini-baccarat. The traditional game plays much more slowly and leisurely, while mini-baccarat is dealt by players and moves much faster, especially online.

Even though mini-baccarat offers lower betting options, the game moves faster, meaning that losses can pile up more quickly.

  1. Look for Banker Cuts

While the banker is the safest bet when playing baccarat, there is a cut that the banker takes on any banker bet. This amount will vary from one online casino to another, though bigger online casinos like Playamo Casino will likely have more options with varying cuts.

A common cut should be 5%. Try to avoid online casino baccarat games that charge a higher rate. And if the game doesn’t make the cut apparent before playing the game, try asking a customer service representative for that percentage before putting money on that table.

  1. Stay Away from Variations at First

When first playing baccarat online, get a feel for the game. Play until the math becomes simple and automatic, and until the betting feels natural.

Since online casinos offer so many baccarat variations these days, there is always time to experiment later. Beginners should stay away from punto banco and other variations for the time being.

  1. Control Emotions and Bankroll

This sounds basic, but baccarat is a leisurely game that can go off the rails quickly.

First, know that the cards are random. If there is a streak and you’re on the losing end of it, it is simply bad luck. Stay calm. Perhaps change the strategy a bit, but don’t let emotions control your betting. For example, don’t bet more to try to chase losses. That never works.

Second and in line with that is bankroll management. Stay aware of the money in your online casino account, and only play at low enough stakes that the money in your account will give you plenty of entertainment. Betting too fast or increasing bets at the wrong times can drain your bankroll too quickly.

  1. Try Strategies Only When Comfortable

There are betting strategies for baccarat. However, they can be complicated and require more bankroll risks. Keep in mind that online baccarat will be available for the foreseeable future, so there is no need to rush into anything. It takes time to become comfortable with basic baccarat.

There will always be time to become the next Bond… James Bond.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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