techniques described in the neat few pages fall under
the heading of advantage play." This is a catch-all
term used to describe any technique which is both
legal and gives the player an advantage over the house.
Prior to the publication of this site, it was widely
assumed that no method existed which could give the
player the ability to take on the casinos at Online
Baccarat Games. Many gambling websites will tell you
that there is no way to win consistently at Online
Baccarat Games. In fact, there are ways, though Online
Baccarat Games is by no means the easiest games at
which to make money.
The first scientifically based approach to Online
Baccarat Games was that of card counting. What follows
is a concise history of the subject. Readers familiar
with this subject may skip or skim through this section,
which is intended to explain the concepts involved
to a beginner. Card-counting is an advanced gambling
tool, which could in theory give a player the advantage
in almost any card games. Card-counting was developed
in the 1950s by Dr. Edward Thorp. Professor Thorp
is so extraordinary that had he not really lived,
as a character of fiction his exploits would have
been dismissed as far-fetched. Unquestionably the
greatest mind ever to turn his attention to gambling,
Thorp has made small fortunes at online blackjack
games, roulette, and sports betting; he also pioneered
the incredibly successful "warrant-hedging"
technique on the greatest gambling games of all, the
stock market. Over $65 billion have passed through
his hands over the last few decades, and his personal
fortune can only be guessed at. He is without doubt
the most successful gambler who has ever lived. All
of this was due to an extraordinary ability to understand
the mathematics of gambling games and devise practical
systems to bend chance to his will.
player whose bet/raise was called last (or the first
player in the rotation if no bet was made) has to
show his cards first. The showing of hands then rotates
around the table, with players who can beat the preceding
hand(s) showing their cards. Players who can't beat
the best hand showing can show their cards if they
want to; however, it is customary to allow players
to throw in their hands face down if they have lost
and don't want to reveal what they had.
poker rooms, which have a vested financial interest
in preventing cheating at their establishments, frequently
allow any player who called to the end of a hand to
see any other player's cards after the hand if he
so desires. By doing so, that player can assure himself
that he wasn't the target of some sort of collusion.
This rule isn't necessary in a social home game, however,
where the chances of outright cheating are small.