For people trying to use either Avant Dernier or Last Bet to choose their baccarat bets, the trick is being able to determine which kind of shoe they’re dealing with. This sometimes can be particularly difficult at the beginning when only a few hands have been played. However, at some point for many shoes it becomes obvious that they either have a vertical or horizontal bias. For vertical shoes, betting the Last Bet is the logical choice. For horizontal shoes, Avant Dernier.
Windy day and I’m sneezing my head off. The pollen/allergy season has arrived.
Since coming back to baccarat, I’ve been experimenting with some old strategies. Mostly I use Avant Dernier, but only enough times to get ahead, then I quit (I haven’t played an entire shoe with it).
What I think is interesting (in addition to having a system to pick my bet choice), is that it also protects me somewhat from myself. For example, yesterday I bet on Banker because that was what Avant Dernier said to do. It came up Player and I lost. Now I didn’t want to bet on Player since there were already two showing and I instinctively don’t like betting on three in a row, but if I was going to stay true with the system, that was the next bet. So I bet Player and surprise, surprise — it won, getting me back to even.
Of the regular things I eat, tortilla chips are probably among the worst things to consume. Even though I generally only buy the “good” chips at stores, when eat out, I have no idea how good or bad the chips really are and eat whatever they bring to the table. But even good chips are a problem as far as carbohydrates go and vegetable oils. So as of right now, I’m going to take a break and up the greens.
It’s the little things in life, like remembering where you parked the car. Fortunately you can use your iPhone to help.
Last night at the baccarat tables, I saw a woman betting Banker. The hands came up Tie three in a row and then on the fourth, it came up Dragon. She neither won nor lost four hands in a row! The look of disbelief, disgust and frustration on her face said it all.
I’m as guilty as anyone for wanting to crack baccarat, but after tearing the game apart I can only conclude that it’s a 50/50 game of chance, not a game of skill. Because baccarat is typically played by many players against the house at the same time, it’s the norm for people to be yelling at each other “I told you so!” when their prediction of the next hand turns out to be true. But the sad truth is that no amount of group consciousness is going to change the physical distribution of a deck of cards. It’s a random series of events for everybody.
Gambling’s not a sin, provided that you always win.
— Wolf (Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes)