Baccarat Great Learning, from Zuan Xin
By Zuan Xin
Welcome to Baccarat Great Learning!
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Zuan Xin, your teacher. I am a graduate of Harvard University. I live on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, a mecca for baccarat players from all over the world. I am expert in the mathematics and strategy of baccarat, and I coach selected VIP players who come here to challenge the likes of Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson in their home casinos.
In this series, we will highlight important principles that we can use to win at our favorite game, principles that I instill into my baccarat players. I was once engaged by a gaming industry company to figure out how to make baccarat four times more addictive than it already is. So I know all the secrets of the game.
Today we will begin at the beginning. And we will not mince words. We all know that we Chinese people have the gambling gene. Many of us become addicted to baccarat. The structure and the setting of the game pull us in and we cannot seem to get out. That is what the casinos want. So this is where we start. There is no law that forbids us from learning how to do better at baccarat.
Baccarat is a game of chance, but there is no reason why we cannot go beyond gambling and become a player. The game is just as fun and exciting, probably more so. Baccarat, like all games of chance, has an underlying mathematical structure. There is no reason not to do the math. Why not identify the investment opportunities that present themselves during the course of each shoe?
Yes, I said investment opportunities. For players, not for gamblers. Let me give an example. The other day I was at one of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip enjoying the action. The dealer was aware of my presence and familiar with my ability to understand the hidden patterns of a shoe of baccarat.
Eventually the shoe revealed a glorious investment opportunity where the baccarat player enjoyed a substantial advantage over the house. But none of the seven gamblers at the table placed a bet! The dealer and I exchanged knowing glances. The result was as the math predicted. But there were no players at that table. Just gamblers destined to inevitably lose all of their stack of chips.
At another table, another equally glorious investment opportunity presented itself. There were a couple of bets placed, both in the wrong direction. Both losers. The dealer smiled and I shook my head.
When we are too lazy to do the math, and then we lose, it is easy to blame the loss on bad luck.
So our first principle is the principle of hard work. Maybe the excitement and seduction of baccarat is diminished, but our probability of winning improves substantially. The truth is we cannot be a gambler and win consistently at baccarat. Making our baccarat play hard work also will grind away the game’s ability to turn on our gambling gene. Yet the game will be eight times as exciting.
Isn’t it more exciting to win?
As an exercise, next time we visit the baccarat table, we make the conscious decision to become a player. We watch closely as the patterns of the shoe unfold, like a flower opening. We no longer bet under the worn excuse of measuring our fate. We invest in a favorable pattern that we have identified through our hard work. We do not invest unless we have a very good reason to invest. We don’t sell something for less than we pay for it. Why should we place money at risk on the baccarat table without a very good reason?
Next time we will start to do the hard work, starting with the most basic rules for consistently winning at baccarat.
We have made the decision to be a player. A gambler is always subject to the mathematics of the gambler’s ruin. Players can direct their fate. Surely baccarat is a game of chance, and there can be short run outcomes that run contrary to theoretical probabilities. A gambler can enjoy a great shoe now and then, but in making solid investment decisions shoe after shoe as players, we are turning off our gambling gene and finally able to enjoy the thrill of becoming a consistent winner at baccarat.
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