Comparing Baccarat Betting Systems
As the game of Baccarat has grown, so have the number of betting systems emerged, in new and different forms. To get started, a player must be able to not just know the differing systems but also how they stack up against one another.
Here are the most popular Baccarat betting systems today:
The Stop/Loss Betting System
The basic idea behind this method is to install a limit to the amount that one player will lose; once that level is reached, the player quits the game. Alternatively, the player can install a ceiling, or victory cap limit (example: if he or she has a winning limit or $2,000 and once that is reached, the player walks away).
The Martingale System
This very popular method is used in virtually all casino games, from Poker to Slots, and of course Baccarat. Part of the reason for its widespread use is its simplicity and seemingly logical methodology: double your bets after every loss, so that with a single win you get your money back.
The 1-3-2-6 Method
The 1-3-2-6 Baccarat betting system is a bit more complex, and works as follows.
The 1-3-2-6 represents the bets that you will make for each consecutive hand. For the first hand, you bet 1 (it can be $10, $15 or whatever). If you win add another $15 to the original bet plus the one you won. If you win three in a row you take away two bets and for the fourth include the two bets you removed earlier. Go back to the beginning after the fourth level, and also if you lose at any stage before that.
Which is the Best for You?
Among these Baccarat betting systems, the Martingale System is probably the worst, at least for regular players. Because if you run into a streaky deck, you could end up osing your entire bankroll before getting that one win you need. The truth is that Martingale system only works for high rollers.
The problem with the Stop/Loss system is that it is too conservative. Having a ceiling when you are winning severely handicaps your profit, and prevents you from getting the experience you need to have to be a better player.
The 1-3-2-6 Baccarat betting system, on the other hand, provides a solid foundation for keeping your losses manageable, and also protecting your wins. It is not perfect of course, but properly applied, can be very effective.
Deciding which is the best for you will be a matter of choice, in the end, but by knowing how most Baccarat betting systems work you will have a better appreciation for the game, and lead you to come with your own winning methods.