are several basic reasons why we discuss betting systems
for Online Baccarat Games and dismiss such systems
for a game such as roulette. First of all, in Online
Baccarat Games, each round of play, other than a tie,
results in a win for either player or bank. There
is nothing equivalent to the 0 and 00 in roulette
to destroy a system. And ties, as we know, are standoffs,
where neither bank nor player loses.
Second, we have a unique situation in Online Baccarat
Games. One side wins more often than the other. The
bank bet wins 50.68 percent of the time, and this
is an important factor in systems play. Even though
the house takes 5 percent as its commission, it only
takes a 5 percent cut on winning bank bets, not on
all bank wagers, so if a player loses betting bank,
he is not paying additional vigorous on losing bets.
We must mention a third factor, inherent in other
gambling games as well. As any serious player knows,
games run in streaks. Sometimes in Online Baccarat
Games the bank hand will win one round after another,
and at other times the player hand will do the same
thing. The odds of the games, however, favor the bank
hand, and winning streaks tend to be longer and stronger
on the bank side.
and middle sets get beaten all the time, and paired
boards yield full houses much more often than W Texas.
The biggest mistake that new players make in Ornaha-8
is to overvalue made hands and draws after the flop.
They will bet and raise with hands that are strong
now but unlikely to remain so, and they will call
to draw to hands that are short of the nuts when they
should fold. You will make the most profits when they
play their mediocre hands to the showdown or make
their second-best hands at the same time you make
the nuts. Remember, the split action in Omaha-8 often
produces multiple raisers. This gives players who
have the nuts one way or the other the opportunity
to re-raise each other, pulling careless callers along
for the ride. Don't be one of these callers. The prospect
of capped raises makes playing second-best hands-or
draws to second-best hands-disastrously expensive.
Another factor that devalues high draws is the possibility
of a split pot. If the flop makes a low likely and
you don't have a chance at it, the pot odds for your
high draw just went down by 50 percent. Think of it
this way: An open-ended straight draw in Ornaha-8
when another player will win the low has roughly the
same expected value as an inside straight draw in
Texas Hold'em. How often does it pay to play those?