Baccarat is the game of preference of high rollers and players of more limited means. Casinos are always looking to give the whales (high rollers) a chance to wager at high levels so that when they lose the casino will reap the rewards. Baccarat is one of the games that these players seem to be attracted to and are willing to bet substantial sums on the outcome of individual hands. Smaller players like the game also as the house percentage or edge is very small when compared with other table games.
Online casinos are also interested in attracting both types of players Baccarat is offered on most quality online casinos and at various limits. Players play the game for the same reason that they play it in live casinos. The house edge is very small and in fact some casinos do not even charge the same commissions on winning bank hands as the live casinos. They can lower the percentage as a come-on as the online casinos do not have the same expenses on the game as the live casinos. This game is still the same as the live casinos and the rules are the same. Runs on either side of the shoe still happen and the tie hands seem to show up as often in online casino baccarat. The payoff is still 8 to one for a winning tie bet.
The basic rule of baccarat is to follow the shoe in hopes of catching a run of hands on that side of the shoe. Players can still keep a card on the hands in hopes of seeing the trend and then playing for the trend to continue. The difficult part of this is when the shoe is skipping back and forth from the player to the bank side for winning hands. Few players like to play a flip-flop betting pattern although it is as valid as a player run or a bank run. The other way to win sizeable amounts of money playing baccarat is to play parlays and small progressive betting patterns.
Catching a tie bet can be very worthwhile if you happen to catch it with a better than average wager on it when it hits. Since it pays 8 to one, this can make up for some losing wagers and in some cases make the difference between a losing session and a winning session.
There are many ways to catch a tie, but none of them are predictable to the point that you can count on the plan being successful. One rule that will save you money is to not bet the tie until it shows the first time. Some shoes have very few ties and waiting for it to show the first time saves a number of losing bets. Other shoes have a number of ties dealt and sometimes they show in three hands or multiples of threes like the 27th hand after a tie. This is one of the methods that have been used at times that worked. However there is no logical reason for its success, but it has worked quite well at times.
Parlaying winning bets and betting a small progression bet is a way to win when the shoe is showing a tendency to trend. A three-hand parley can make up for several losing hands in a hurry. If you are lucky enough to catch a long run on one side of the shoe a small parlay can contribute a large amount to the total win.
As with all gambling games baccarat is a game of feel and hunches that can be right on or way off for the player. When you are lucky push and when you are not lucky cut back on your bets.