Which bets have the lowest house edge in Baccarat?

Baccarat is similar to Craps in the sense that you have few bet options, and house edge varies significantly from one option to the other.  Here are the mathematical house edges for the 3 different bet types in Baccarat.

8 deck shoe:

6 deck shoe:

Single deck:

house edge on 'banker' bet: 1.06%

house edge on 'banker' bet: 1.06%

house edge on 'banker' bet: 1.01%

house edge on 'player' bet:1.24%

house edge on 'player' bet:1.24%

house edge on 'player' bet:1.29%

house edge on tie bet: 14.36%

house edge on tie bet: 14.44%

house edge on tie bet: 15.57%

*Assuming tie bet pays 8 to 1

Clearly, from the above table, sound playing strategy in Baccarat would comprise always betting on the banker.  Sound strategy would also dictate seeking out games where single deck baccarat is offered.  For a list of casinos offering single deck baccarat, CLICK HERE .

 

How does baccarat compare to other casino games in terms of player returns?

Assuming you play sound strategy, Baccarat offers players one of the lowest house edges of all casino games.  A 1% house edge, or 99% return to player rate is very healthy indeed, especially when you consider that return to player rates across all games at most casinos (terrestrial and online) will often be around 96% to 97%.  Further evidence of the value that is to be had at the baccarat table, is the historical payout tables of  The Sands , one of largest and best known online casinos.  Figures shown are simple averages of returns, by game, for the last 12 months.

 

Game

12 mth average

Multi-player Baccarat

                                        98.47

Blackjack

                                        98.41

Multi-player Black Jack

                                        98.39

European Roulette

                                        98.08

Let it Ride Poker

                                        97.78

All Games Combined

                                        97.48

Pai Gow Poker

                                        97.13

Craps

                                       97.09

Multi-player Let it Ride Poker

                                        97.07

Baccarat

                                        96.85

Video Poker

                                        96.73

Roulette

                                        96.35

Progressive Jackpot Spice Island Poker

                                        96.20

Multi-player European Roulette

                                        96.16

Video Slots

                                        95.77

Red Dog

                                        94.26

Multi-player Roulette

                                        94.05

Slots

                                        93.56

Multi-player Progressive Jackpot Spice Island Poker

                                        93.28

Rags to Riches

                                        87.05

 

You can see that baccarat at The Sands has returned 98.5% for the year, well over the overall casino return of 97.5%.

So if you are looking for a game that returns well, then Baccarat could be your game.

 

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