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Baccarat Myths

Many have been seduced by the smooth, cool lifestyle of James Bond, that mysterious English spy who seems to have the world at his fingertips. While it may be impractical to build a collection of spy gadgets or go undercover in Russia, fans can get a taste of the 007 lifestyle by playing his favorite casino game. 

Baccarat has all the style and class promised by movies like Dr. No and Goldeneye, but many playersare intimidated by the very pomp that makes the game attractive. If you want to give baccarat a try,make sure you go into the game with a head full of facts rather than thoughtlessly propagated myths.

Here are some misconceptions you should rid yourself of immediately.Myth: The Martingale System Works It seems that almost every game in the casino has some variationon the Martingale betting system, and it’s just as useless at the baccarat table as it is anywhereelse. The Martingale system will only work at a table with no maximum betting limits, and you’ll haveto do a fair bit of traveling to find such a table.

You’ll also need a bankroll that can stand up tothe exponential growth of bet doubling. Many players find out too late how quickly a $10 bet turns into$1,000.Myth: You Can Count Cards in Baccarat Card counting is one of the few legal ways to beat thecasino in a fair game of blackjack. Most casinos bar the practice, of course, which is one of the bestindications that it actually works.

Because blackjack and baccarat share some surface similarities, someplayers think they can bring their card counting over from blackjack and beat the house. Not so fast.Used cards in baccarat are not returned to the shoe, so that alone invalidates any card-counting strategy.It is also impossible to do online.Myth: There’s No Profit in Baccarat Every game in the casino has a house advantage.

Over along enough period of time, everyone comes out a loser. That said, baccarat is one of the most favorablegames on the floor. The house only holds a 1.24% edge over the player, which makes it a much more profitablegame than roulette and a better place to sink your bankroll than the slots.Myth: Baccarat is For High Rollers, Not Beginners The truth is that you need almost no skillat all to play baccarat. It’s little more than a coin toss with its simplicity obscured by glitz, glamour,rituals, and rules.

You can start playing the game without even knowing what the cards mean, and youwon’t be at any greater disadvantage than someone who has played it their entire life. Of course, ifyou’re intimidated by the roped-off table and the fancy dress of the players, you can always startplaying online at Casino Las Vegas. You don’t even have to put on a tuxedo!

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