No angst baccarat!

Nov 1, 2004 11:43 PM

One of the reasons for baccarat’s popularity with high-stakes players is the opportunity for aggressive betting. That means exploiting the frequent opportunities presented during a typical game (remember, there are four opportunity categories: consecutive winning streaks for the Player and Bank, repetitive patterns, tie patterns and consecutive ties).

Success depends upon a player’s skill and experience, mental toughness, and the frequency and extent of these favorable opportunities.

The good news is that the game of baccarat has by far the greatest number and frequency of favorable opportunities. The bad news is that many of the baccarat players lack the skill and experience needed to recognize a good opportunity — and when they do, often lack the necessary mental toughness to pull off a decent win.

Mental toughness is the ability of a player to be aggressive when he or she has an advantage. This corresponds to aggressive increases in one’s bets (progressive wagering) with each successive win. Unfortunately, most players, even those who have a high degree of skill, play much too conservatively when the situation calls for aggressive bet increases.

Why? The answer is they are not willing to take the risk of making higher wagers and suffering a possible loss. Put simply, it is fear. The mentally tough player has no fear. He or she plays aggressive when a good opportunity comes along and conservatively when the opportunities are few and far between. Aggressive and bold betting is not stupid, unless it is done chasing losses. In the game of baccarat, one must always be aggressive when there is a favorable opportunity.

But even highly skilled players may only be average players because of their fear; either they cannot afford to lose the money or they have not developed the required mental toughness (even if they can afford to lose the money). Fear will make you a loser every time.

So before any player can adopt a progressive wagering methodology, they must first develop a reasonable degree of skill, and obtain the experience and mental toughness required to overcome the fear of losing. Show me a winning baccarat player and I’ll show you a player who is well prepared and mentally tough; you need them both to win!