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.
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.
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.