Baccarat Great Learning, from Zuan Xin
By Zuan Xin
It was the kind of a Monday that we get on the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip in early spring, hot and getting hotter, windy and getting more windy, the desert is reminding us where we are, and the only real action is casino accounting departments sharpening their pencils and reckoning their obscene winnings of the weekend just passed.
In Las Vegas as in Macau, baccarat winnings continue their unremitting rise, as more and more of us lose more and more of our money gambling at baccarat. While the twilight approached and the neon lights of Las Vegas began to light up this part of the planet, we soberly reflected on the all too slow rate of diffusion of the Baccarat Great Learning. “Everyone needs to tell all of their friends and relatives to visit MacauCasinoWorld.com and study the Baccarat Great Learning,” we told ourselves.
Our immersion in stark reality was suddenly snapped by the insistent melody of our cell phone. It was a surprising call, from an old pupil, one of the early converts to the Baccarat Great Learning, Doctor Huang, a brilliant learned medical man from Hong Kong who was famous for something he had invented and extremely wealthy for it.
We exchanged pleasantries, then Doctor Huang cut to the matter. “Zuan Xin, I am gambling again,” he confessed in a desperate tone of voice. “I lost half a million dollars over the last month in Australia. My wife insists we come back to Las Vegas and see you or she is going to do who knows what to me!”
What could we say? We take care of our own, and this distress call to retrieve one of our lost players was a compulsory call. So we agreed, thereupon arrangements were promptly made by the good doctor and his wife, and by the end of the week we were sitting together in an opulent VIP suite overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, pouring over all of the content of all of the Baccarat Great Learning, line by line. Then we played 4 shoes together until the casino VIP Manager called to ask Doctor Huang my player where Doctor Huang his gambler was.
So it was that we dutifully descended into the grip of the green felt jungle and on to the VIP baccarat room. “Remember you are a player,” we urged Doctor Huang. His wife kissed him and went off shopping, escorted by our colleague The Queen of Clubs, whom we introduced in the Chinese New Year Special.
Doctor Huang swore the oath, “Best Quality Discipline!“
On the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip, normal baccarat playing limits at the first class casinos are usually $100 minimum and $15,000 maximum. Doctor Huang and his casino hosts settled upon adding 2 zeros to each. So here we were sitting with our old pupil in a $10,000 minimum to $1,500,000 maximum game in the most exclusive part of one of the most exclusive VIP baccarat rooms in Bet City. Places where players, seeking the lowest of profiles, must never never never never be seen.
We were unsettled yet felt secure, after all Doctor Huang had come back to us. The casino VIP Manager apparently did not like the look of us. “Who is this?” he demanded to know. But Doctor Huang smiled, “If you must know, he is a close friend who came along to track the shoes for me. You understand, my hands are insured by Lloyds of London, and I am specifically forbidden to use them for nonessential tasks such as tracking shoes.” That was that.
Everyone settled down to the business of the evening, with Doctor Huang whispering to himself, “Best Quality Discipline!”
As he knows, Best Quality Discipline is a two faced coin. One face reads, “Be cautious, act with care!” And the other face reads, “Venture, have confidence!” Fully and completely reimmersed in all of the Baccarat Great Learning, Doctor Huang could once again read the face of the coin from across the baccarat room!
To make a long story short, Doctor Huang amazed his baccarat room hosts with his newfound playing ability. He would not permit us to disclose his winnings, but he specifically encouraged us to tell of these glad happenings. His wife agreed, she asked us, “Why any Chinese gamblers?“
All of the baccarat room staff having been duly and generously tipped, the casino VIP Manager congenially accepted his resounding defeat. “Promise me that you will not lose our money Down Under next weekend,” said he, and the good doctor smiled and made that promise, a promise that he can most assuredly keep, now that he has come back to the Baccarat Great Learning.
With the kind permission of Doctor Huang, let us now review the 2 most interesting playing situations of his come back weekend.
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Those who have mastered the Baccarat Great Learning understand that it is possible for a shoe to reveal absolutely no bets! This so-called “perfect shoe” is a shoe that never reveals situations of increasing improbability sufficient to place a bet against. It happened early into the 1st evening of play. That that shoe was the turning point for the come back of Doctor Huang was crystal clear even to him, to make it through that test of 80 hands without so much as touching his stacks of chips brown and chips white required the constitution of an oak.
We watched proudly as the doctor suffered through what might have seemed like a full hour of excruciating embarrassment, requesting free hand after free hand. Near the halfway point of the shoe, the casino VIP Manager asked him if he was ill. Doctor Huang replied, “Never better,” and added, “Great shoe!” As the tracking indicates, the shoe ended with an exclamation point, finally revealing an opportunity but allowing no action upon it.
Yes, one face of the coin reads plainly, “Be cautious, act with care!” Still, the other face reads just as plainly, “Venture, have confidence!” Our 2nd playing situation also required Best Quality Discipline. Here were moments when the casino VIP Manager might have felt ill. Doctor Huang, having strolled back out into the main baccarat room to stretch his legs, came rushing back in excitedly and grabbed us and a stack of white chips. He trotted us to an active table with a scoreboard, and the determined doctor demanded that the dealer pause the game that he might play. The intimidated dealer looked for and got a reassuring nod from the casino VIP Manager who had followed us there.
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Doctor Huang anxiously pointed at the scoreboard displaying what was obviously a large fragment of the 1st half of a shoe. He started to ask someone for a look at her scorecard, but we shook our head and said, “No, you play what you see, after you check it against 3 scorecards.” The people at the table, seeing white $5,000 chips bulging from his hand, all offered up their scorecards to us. We verified the visible scoreboard display and tracked it according to the Baccarat Great Learning.
This shoe fragment revealed a most unusual pattern, 2 very long runs of consecutive decisions side by side and a 3rd in progress just 3 columns to the right! “There is incomplete data, so use the most disciplined money management principle, use the tightest threshold,” we quietly insisted.
A moment and a transgression later, Doctor Huang sat dejected after losing a player bet and we tracked that banker decision in the 4th row of column 8 of the shoe fragment. The casino VIP Manager smiled at me, and we smiled back. “You must be patient,” quietly said we. “Look, there is sufficient increasing improbability now, bet much more on this hand,” we urged the frowning doctor, who immediately complied and piled up white chips on the player bet. And he proclaimed to the dealer, “I will bet on the player, until your banker run breaks, as many hands as it takes!”
Doctor Huang was full of contrition, and his repentance was welcomed. A natural for the player with the Queen of Clubs and her 9 was far superior to an inconsequential banker hand in diamonds! He hugged us gleefully and repeated over and over, “Best Quality Discipline!”
Holding to the tightest threshold, the good doctor saw only one more opportunity, on the hand after the 3rd decision in the 13th column of the shoe fragment. That very big winning banker bet prompted a stunned and astonished casino VIP Manager to herd us back to the VIP baccarat room, away from the small crowd of onlookers that had gathered to see the tower of white chips rising from the green felt.
We were happy. All things being equal, never never never never play a shoe fragment. Doctor Huang, being a high profile VIP, had a unique opportunity to pause a shoe and collect accurate data on a highly improbable pattern of decisions compressed into very few columns. But like all casino VIP guests, he had previously paid dearly for it! We seek neither the high profile nor the drama!
It was quite a weekend. Thank you, Doctor Huang, for coming back to the Baccarat Great Learning!
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Please remember the essential importance of mastering the Baccarat Great Learning money management principle and applying it objectively to yourself! And please do not forget Best Quality Discipline!
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