Tag Archives: advantage play

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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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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Baccarat Book Reviews


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

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Why Advantage Players Play

The question of why advantage players do what they do is answered in the popular media by images of glitz, glamour, parties, piles of chips, cat and mouse, and youth. The motive is greed and the time frame is now. But there is another class of advantage players (APs) who definitely do not fit this Hollywood stereotype. I’m talking about professional APs – the life-timers. These are individuals with the talent, dedication and bankroll whose chosen occupation is beating casinos at their own games.

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How to Identify a Card Counter


One thing I learned from my days as a blackjack card counter is how incredibly easy it was to spot other counters at work. And one thing I learned from my days as a casino consultant is how many involved in table games protection find identifying a card counter to be a profound struggle.

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