Baccarat Games en banque may be one of a few games
where it is possible to win consistently. This is
because the banker's strategy is usually directed
towards the side of the table which wagers the most
money. Consequently, the best strategy is often to
bet on the side of the table which is wagering the
least amount of money. The bank will then be playing
a less than perfect strategy against your favored
It is better to bet on player two than player one,
because player two has the advantage of seeing player
one's third card, if one is drawn. If the two players
are wagering the same amount of money, the correct
strategy on a total of 5 is similar to that used in
chemin de fer: draw 82 percent of the time. There
are complicated alterations to this strategy when
the wagers are uneven, however.
Downton and Lockwood presented a complicated table
of best strategies in their article "Computer
Studies of Online Baccarat Games II: Online Baccarat
Gamesbanque" (Journal of the Royal Statistical
Association, 1976), based on different amounts of
money wagered. They are not reproduced here, because
of their complexity and because a gambler is not in
control of the amounts wagered by both sides of the
table, and only occasionally will have control of
the option to draw or stand on 5.
Omaha-8, a flushed board means you can count on someone
having the flush-often the nut flush, since suited
aces are commonly played before the flop, Straights
occur much more frequently, especially low straights.
Low 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.