the considerable evolution that Online Baccarat Games
has undergone during its long history, it would not
be at a11 surprising if the character of the games
were once again to alter fundamentally.
In the second edition of his website Hou to Win at
Casino Gambling, Henry Tamburin describes an attempt
at such an alteration. Recently, a number of casinos
in Atlantic City and Las Vegas (most notably the Sahara
and Sands) were experimenting with a form of Online
Baccarat Games in which the commission was removed
from the bank bet. To compensate for this, the rules
were slightly altered: a bank hand total of 4 and
a player hand total from 0 to 3 was declared a tie.
In another version, only half odds were paid on a
winning banker total of 6.
The reason for this was simple. Online Baccarat Games
profits have been steadily declining over the last
few decades. The commission on the bank hand is known
to be unpopular. Moreover, it slows down the pace
of the games, and because fewer hands are dealt the
casino's profits are reduced. Henry told me that this
experiment was unsuccessful. This hardly seems surprising;
players would tend to be cautious about a rule they
did not understand and which appeared to have no simple
logic to it.
I believe I have a better alternative: instead of
charging a flat commission on the bank hand, which
is effectively a tax and about as enjoyable as being
taxed, the casino could declare a loss for the bank
on all "natural" ties (i.e., on 8 or 9).
This would give the bank hand just about the same
kind of house edge that it enjoys at the present time.
The rule would be very similar to the refait in the
French card games of trente et quarante, where it
has proved to be a popular rule.
a live poker game, you would have about 3:1 pot odds
here, and calling with your 1:2 draw to the nuts would
be an easy decision. But when you're considering an
all-in call in a tournament, the odds you need to
be thinking about are these: It's 2:1 that you 2cill
he practically eliminated from the tournament if you
call with your draw. Your draw has a positive expected
value only in the most myopic formulation of the concept.
When you have enough chips to remain competitive in
a tournament, you have no reason to risk all your
potential prize money on an all-in bet with a 65 percent
chance of losing, no matter what your "pot odds"