Category Archives: Advantage Play

Download Statistical Baccarat Analyzer (SBA)

I am very pleased to announce that you no longer need to email me to get a copy of SBA.  You can download the latest version here: CLICK HERE FOR SBA 1.5

Here is a screenshot — click on it to enlarge. A video explanation of this spreadsheet can be viewed HERE. 

Note: this spreadsheet requires Excel 2007 or later to run.


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Statistical Baccarat Analyzer — Now Available


During my live session yesterday someone mentioned in chat that an Excel spreadsheet was available that could do real-time baccarat calculations. I had been thinking of creating a spreadsheet like this. The point of the spreadsheet is that a player or surveillance could track the shoe and compute the exact theoretical edges prior to any hand in the shoe based on the cards that had previously come out.

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YouTube Live — Exploring Baccarat Websites, Books and other Media


I spent an hour surfing the web in an effort to find and discuss different methods of beating baccarat. Included are betting systems, money management, patterns, trends and other mythological methods. Actual methods of beating baccarat are discussed as well.

This was a live broadcast, 09-23-2020.

Dealing in an iDeal World

In protecting against hole-card play on casino card games, there are many different elements that the casino needs to have in place. Among these are:

Safe Procedures
  1. A dealing procedure focused on hole-card protection.
  2. A method of taking cards out of the shuffler that is focused on hole-card protection.
  3. An ergonomic location for the shuffler so that it is physically easy and natural to protect the hole-card.
  4. Attention to the burn card and the cut.
  5. Ongoing reminders to the dealers about hole-card protection.  Hopefully, prior to each shift.
  6. Staff training to underscore which games are especially vulnerable.
  7. Eyes on the games, especially watching out for “lucky idiots.”  This includes the dealer, pit staff and surveillance.
  8. Ongoing research by at least one team member to keep up to date on advanced advantage play against your games.

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The Big Bet in Blackjack

A player seated at a blackjack table suddenly places a large bet and the dealer calls out “cheques play!”  The skill level of the player needs to be established.   The usual way to do this is to study the player’s bets and play to determine if he is counting cards.  If so, appropriate actions may be taken against the player.  However, there are many ways to beat blackjack that have nothing to do with card counting.  Among these are shuffle tracking, edge sorting, collusion, card marking and hole-card play.  None of these players will be detected by the usual approach.

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Baccarat Book Reviews


In this video I review several best selling books on baccarat. The books reviewed are:

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