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Baccarat in Las Vegas

 

There are no important rule variations in Las Vegas Baccarat or Mini-Baccarat so availability, minimum bet size and quality of comps are key factors. 16 Vegas casinos with a total of 169 tables offer Baccarat and there are 37 casinos that offer Mini-Baccarat with a total of 155 tables. Below are the license counts from the Nevada Gaming Control Board for Clark County as of July 2007.

 

Casino

Tables

% Total

Wynn

33

19.5%

Venetian

25

14.8%

Bellagio

21

12.4%

MGM

20

11.8%

Mandalay Bay

18

10.7%

Mirage

14

8.3%

Caesars

10

5.9%

Bally's

9

5.3%

Treasure Island

9

5.3%

Green Valley

3

1.8%

Las Vegas Hilton

2

1.2%

Gold Coast

1

0.6%

Hard Rock

1

0.6%

Harrah's

1

0.6%

Palms

1

0.6%

Rio

1

0.6%

TOTAL

169

100.0%

 

Wynn is our top choice for the Strip for Baccarat with Caesars for Mini-Baccarat.  Besides offering the most tables, both properties are good gaming venues in general with Wynn outstanding for restaurant comp redemption.

If bet size is not an issue, you should favor Baccarat for its slower pace and lower average hourly percentage loss.  For lower minimum bets, off-Strip Palace Station and Gold Coast often have active tables.

Baccarat is dealt from 8 decks at a 14 player table and Player’s cards are dealt face down.  Many Baccarat players view their hands as if memorizing top secret documents.

In Mini-Baccarat, players do not touch the cards and it is much faster so even though minimum bets may be lower, your average hourly loss could near the full Baccarat level.  Minimum bet size on the Strip is $100—during slow periods, $25.

Here are the casinos that offer Mini-Baccarat.  The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s table count numbers are usually accurate to within a table or so because licenses are expensive for the casinos.  The Gaming Control Board license numbers for Slots/Video Poker are less accurate but still within 2% of actual counts.

Casino

Tables

% Total

Casino

Tables

% Total

Caesars

23

14.8%

Golden Nugget

2

1.3%

Palace Station

14

9.0%

Monte Carlo

2

1.3%

Gold Coast

12

7.7%

New York New York

2

1.3%

MGM

8

5.2%

Palms

2

1.3%

Planet Hollywood

8

5.2%

Stratosphere

2

1.3%

Mandalay Bay

7

4.5%

Suncoast

2

1.3%

Las Vegas Hilton

6

3.9%

Sunset Station

2

1.3%

Rio

6

3.9%

Treasure Island

2

1.3%

Bally's

5

3.2%

Venetian

2

1.3%

Bellagio

5

3.2%

Binion's

1

0.6%

Wynn

5

3.2%

El Cortez

1

0.6%

Flamingo

4

2.6%

Excalibur

1

0.6%

Harrah's

4

2.6%

Green Valley

1

0.6%

Luxor

4

2.6%

Hard Rock

1

0.6%

Mirage

4

2.6%

Plaza

1

0.6%

Orleans

4

2.6%

Riviera

1

0.6%

Red Rock

4

2.6%

Santa Fe Station

1

0.6%

South Point

3

1.9%

Silverton

1

0.6%

Boulder Station

2

1.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL Minis

155

100.0%

 

The Nevada Gaming Control Board classifies games as either Baccarat or Mini-Baccarat but the casinos have a third classification, Midi-Baccarat, which is reported as Mini to the Board.  The Midi version is simply the same table as Mini-Baccarat but the players touch the cards.

 

  • Baccarat14 Players, 8 decks, $100 Minimum (sometimes $25)—Players mangle the cards as if it helps somehow.

Midi-Baccarat7-8  Players, 6 or 8 decks, $5-$25 Minimum—Players touch cards

  • Mini-Baccarat7 or 8 Players, 6 or 8 decks, $5-$25 Minimum—Players do NOT touch cards

 

Hands are automatically played according to rules with only 2 decisions to make:

  • Bet Size

 

  • Bank or Player (or Tie)

 

Bets on the Player are paid even money while Bank bets have a 5% commission settled at the end of the shoe or your gaming session—whichever comes first.  You settle up even if you have lost overall.  You don’t have to bet every hand although these “Free” hands may limit comps.  Ties are paid 8 to 1.

How To Play

 

You are dealt 2 cards (in full Baccarat, players take turns dealing).  Ten and face cards
count as 0 and Aces as 1.  All other cards count as face value (6 counts as 6 and 3 counts as 3).

If the total is over 10 or 20, subtract 10 or 20.  If you get a 6 and 7 or a total of 13, it counts as a 3.  If dealt 9 and 4, and then you draw an 8 for a total of 21, you now have a hand of 1.

Baccarat means zero and is the worse possible hand—9 is the highest.  Both 8 and 9 on the first 2 cards are called “Naturals” and are immediately pat hands.

 

Player's
3rd Card

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

None

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

0

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

S

1

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

S

2

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

3

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

4

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

5

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

6

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

7

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

8

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

9

D

D

D

D

S

S

S

S

S

S

 

S means stand and D means draws a card.  For example, if the Player has no third card because he has a Natural, Bank will draw a card with a 5 or lower.  If the Player’s third card is an 8 then Bank stands on a 3 or higher.

 

Casino Advantage and Actual Winning Percentage

 

Non-Restricted Clark County

Casinos

Units

Win

% Chg

Win %

Implied Wagers

Blackjack

108

2,404

$1,257,201

12.49%

12.20%

$10,304,926

Craps

95

325

$425,479

3.19%

13.03%

$3,265,380

Roulette

97

369

$344,770

12.14%

19.67%

$1,752,771

3 Card Poker

78

184

$153,933

-1.69%

26.63%

$578,044

Baccarat

21

156

$898,351

20.59%

11.65%

$7,711,167

Mini-Baccarat

39

120

$141,506

-35.90%

11.99%

$1,180,200

Keno

57

109

$33,275

-10.41%

27.55%

$120,780

Bingo

27

27

$1,020

-81.01%

0.54%

$188,889

Caribbean Stud

25

26

$16,047

-35.37%

29.32%

$54,731

Let it Ride

63

94

$53,008

-0.83%

21.50%

$246,549

Pai Gow

30

62

$37,185

45.20%

19.58%

$189,913

Pai Gow Poker

67

190

$104,198

-7.26%

21.82%

$477,534

Race Book

87

64

$87,019

-4.07%

14.96%

$581,678

Sports Book

109

101

$152,310

26.05%

6.82%

$2,233,284

Card Game

68

724

$148,914

12.66%

 

 

Other

 

251

$128,823

32.04%

23.71%

$543,328

Total

113

4,503

$280,679

32.11%

13.29%

$29,429,174

 

Baccarat is lower profit for the casinos in reality and theory.  The Table Game winning percentage for Non-Restricted (over 15 slot machines) Clark County casinos is 13.29% for the 12 months ending in July 2007 versus 11.65% for Baccarat and 11.99% for Mini-Baccarat.

This is not the same as the House Edge which is the theoretical advantage the casino has over the Player. Below are the House Edges.

 

  • Bank—1.06%
  • Player—1.24%
  • Tie—14.36%

 

Players can play multiple sessions within a 24 hour period, double up after losses, simply be unlucky, etc.  A game such as Roulette has a 5.26% House Edge but casinos win 19.67% of all money bet in a 24 hour period.

 

Baccarat Advantage Play

 

Sometimes Advantage Play in Baccarat is possible by counting cards but the opportunities are limited compared to Blackjack.  Vegas Made Easy.com believes it is virtually impossible to play Baccarat professionally.

By counting in Blackjack, you can make exceptions (18 somewhat important) to your Basic Strategy plays such as taking Insurance or standing on a 15 or 16 when the count is positive (high number of 10s left in deck), etc.

In Baccarat, you only have Bet Size variation and a choice of Player/Banker/Tie.  Since you usually want to bet on the Bank, you hope that many 4s get played out (6s if you bet on the Player).  However, the small House Edge rarely disappears with most Advantage Play opportunities only at the very end of the shoe.  If the casino decides to shuffle with about 26 cards left in the deck, even end of shoe advantages disappear.

An offset is that Blackjack Advantage Players fear banishment while Baccarat counters are usually not bothered and can vary bet size easily without disguising their play.  Casinos actually provide materials to help you track hands (although not to keep running counts of 4s, 6s and odd numbered cards for real card counting).

No Las Vegas casinos give generous comps for Baccarat unless you play at the whale or at least very High Roller level.  However, betting on the Bank, card counting and comps means that you can play for under a 1% disadvantage.

The primary Advantage Player’s source for Baccarat is John May’s book which is the only Baccarat reference Vegas Made Easy recommends.  However, we do not rate it above the better Blackjack books as far as money making potential. You can click the red underlined link to go to Amazon's site for this book. Baccarat For The Clueless (The Clueless Guides)










 

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