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Should you bet on the banker or the player?

October 17, 2018

When playing the game of baccarat it is always difficult to decide who to bet on. The house edge of both are some of the better bets in the casino with 1.06% on the banker and a 1.24% on the player. The truth is that the bankers’ hand will win more than the player’s hand by a marginal percentage.

If you prefer it it numbers you will want o know that the banker’s hand will win 45.86% of the time while the players hand will win 44.62% of the time. This leaves the tie to win 9.52% of the time.

But because the ties push, the accurate calculation is that the banker wins 50.68% of the time and the player wins 49.32% of the time.

Should you bet on the banker’s hand and it wins, a 5% commission will be deducted from your winnings but this makes sense. It evens out the odds a little because if you didn’t pay the commission, the bettor would have an immediate edge over the game.

The interesting thing about baccarat is that it is one of a few games where a bet wins more than it loses.

The one thing that you should always remember is that it is not advisable to bet on a tie. Although 8 – 1 seems incredibly tempting, the odds of a tie wining is the lowest in the game and the house edge is over 14%.

Conclusion

You might think that because the difference in odds between the bet on the banker and the player is so small, it doesn’t really matter who you bet on but it doesn’t really work like that.

The odds of the banker winning is higher than of the player winning because the banker knows what he has to beat before deciding whether to draw or not. Even with the 5% commission, the house edge on the banker bets is 1.17% and the house edge on the player bet is 1.36%.

It just makes mathematical sense to always bet on the banker.


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