Banker’s Best Strategy
rules given here are not necessarily standard. Often
the casino will not allow the banker unlimited choice.
Sometimes the player is allowed other options. With
this approach, however, and with both players following
the best strategy, the player loses at the rate of
1.37 percent. Because of the 5 percent charge on winning
bets, the banker loses at the rate of 1.16 percent.
Chemin de fer can be a very exciting and tense games
to play, owing to the amount of risk the banker must
take on. The banker cannot skim off the profits of
a series of winning hands and play with the balance;
he has to continue putting up the entire value of
the bank. If the bank is faded, the amount risked
will double. This means a player who begins by putting
up $500 will end up betting $8,000 after four successive
wins. As long as the players keep fading, this amount
will increase until the banker voluntarily relinquishes
Naturally, this sort of dramatic increase in stakes
is not for the fainthearted. Some people might consider
it quite enough excitement to be betting a few thousand
dollars, let alone have their stake doubled, quadrupled,
and octupled! Nevertheless, it is the nearest thing
to a roller-coaster adrenaline fix you will get in
Some casinos give the banker the option of cutting
the bank total in half after three successive wins.
This gives the banker the chance to come away with
a profit even if the bank hand loses the fourth coup.
of Dealer's Choice
In the rotation system, a player calls the game from
among a set of agreed-on choices of real poker games,
with kiddie games and rules strictly forbidden. That
player deals the game first, and afterward, it goes
around the table with each player dealing the same
game once.` Inherent positional advantages are thus
nullified. When every player has dealt that game,
the next player in line to choose the game does so,
and the process repeats. Placing some kind of marker,
such as a high-value chip color that you aren't using,
can identify the original caller of the game. You
can even buy plastic "pucks" that have "DEALER"
or the names of common games printed on them for this
very purpose. (However, any players in your group
who are accustomed to casino play will prefer that
a "DEALER" puck be placed in front of the
current actual dealer, to mark where the betting begins.
My group uses a "DEALER" puck to mark the
actual dealer and a black chip to mark the player
who called the game.)