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How to beat CryptoLogic Baccarat

Baccarat has a reputation for being a high-roller game, but the chances of getting rich playing it are pretty slim. It is possible to put a few bucks in your pocket however, if you know what you’re doing. This month we take a look at Cryptologic’s baccarat game to see if we could come up with an advantage play.

Baccarat has one of the lowest house edges of all casino games, and CryptoLogic’s version is no exception. The house edge on the Banker bet is 1.06% (1.17% when you factor in the commission), 1.24% on the Player bet, and 14.36% on the Tie bet. There’s no real advantage between a Banker or Player wager, but avoid the Tie bet at all times in spite of the attractive payoff.

So how do you make money at baccarat? By taking advantage of features at Cryptologic casinos that work for you.

Most Cryptologic casinos have $300 maximum baccarat bets. William Hill Casino (www.williamhillcasino.com), however, has $1500 table maximums. High-stakes bets can pay off if you’re on a roll and are willing to take the risk. Many players follow a baccarat system that calls for increasing the number of units wagered following a winning hand. This system is based on the theory that winning “streaks” do happen, and when you’re on one, you need to rapidly capitalize in order to beat the house edge.

The house edge is enforced by the imposition of table maximums. If they didn’t exist, and the player had an unlimited credit line, he could simply double his bet after each loss until a win paid him back his losses. Playing this double or nothing strategy would therefore always result in 1 unit profit for a straight win and 0 units lost on a win following a losing streak. So the higher the limit, the more opportunity the player has to win back losses.

Some casinos don’t count baccarat wagers toward the total amount players need to wager to claim a bonus, but that isn’t the case at InterCasino (www.intercasino.com), at William Hill Casino (www.williamhillcasino.com), or at Blackjack.com (www.blackjack.com). Here baccarat players can take advantage the bonuses they are oftentimes excluded from.

Additionally, some Cryptologic casinos offer players comp points for playing. Comp points generally convert into cash or prizes at their specific casinos. Playing baccarat at InterCasino (www.intercasino.com) will earn players 1 comp point for each $10 wager, regardless if they win or lose. Comp points accumulate monthly and are automatically credited to your account on the 25th of each month (on the basis of $1 for each 100 points). If you have fewer than 2,000 points on the 25th of any month, your points will roll-over into the next month.
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