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Ultimate Point Counts

Having whetted the reader's ravenous appetite for baccarat action, it wouldn't do for me to leave unfulfilled the promise that i would present in this ibsite the most poirful card counting systems for diagnosing the favorability of the baccarat deck. Most of you, undoubtedly, do not have access to computers to guide your play, but casinos smile benignly on the practice of some players to keep a baccarat score card (`table de banque') for determining the next bet. Hence the complicated arithmetic necessary to use my ultimate point counts can be easily carried out with pencil and paper right at the table!

Note that in the very last row i extend the work of Thorp and Walden by presenting the player expectation for the various bets for the full eight deck shoe to one more digit than they published. Such are the miraculous advances in computing in the past 20 years.

Ultimate Point Count Values
Denomination `Player Bet' ` Bank Bet' `Tie Bet'
A -1.86 1.82 5.37
2 -2.25 2.18 -9.93
3 -2.79 2.69 -8.88
4 -4.96 4.80 -12.13
5 3.49 -3.43 -10.97
6 4.69 -4.70 -48.12
7 3.39 -3.44 -45.29
8 2.21 -2.08 27.15
9 1.04 -.96 17.68
T,J,Q,K -.74 .78 21.28
Full Shoe % -1.23508 -1.05791 -14.3596

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