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Table Games Baccarat Tournament Advice

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by UKFanatic, Feb 26, 2014.

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  1. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Hey folks, for the past couple years, I have received invites to a bunch of baccarat tournaments on the Strip, and I think I am finally going to play in one next month. I've played in one blackjack tournament, but never a baccarat tournament. Can anybody give me some general advice, thoughts, or strategy? I would appreciate it. Thanks
     
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    Do you have the rules available?
     
  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I emailed my host last night and asked her to send them to me. She said she would try and get them. So not yet, but if I do receive them, I will post them here
     
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    nystocktrader Tourist

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    Main rules that matter:
    1. Starting chip stack
    2. Any Min/Max bets.
    3. # of hands.
    4. Order of betting (hidden or open)

    Best of luck,
     
  5. dunebug81

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    Im curious about this as well. Ive had a few invites to all sorts of tournaments but Ive only done slots, blackjack, and pai gow poker.

    My brothers advice to me for the PGP tournament I was in was to go all in the first 2 hands. I'm sure that was terrible advice but I should have listened to him since I won both hands against 2 pretty strong dealer hands that beat about half of the table. So I'll give you, UK, the same advice...go all in the first 2 hands. 1st hand player 2nd hand bank. Trust me I'm a professional! :beer:
     
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    I've actually won one if these at the Wynn a few years back. Basically at that time I didn't really play baccarat so that tells you something.

    Basically, every round except for the final table a certain number of players advance per table. So in the beginning, it is quite easy to advance because it might be 4 out of 10. And oftentimes because a lot of people don't show up, it becomes 4 out of 6.

    People don't show up because casinos give auto advances based on your theoretical for the prior 3 days. So if you rack up 250k theo or something, you go straight to the semi final table.

    Also, there are 2nd chance drawings all throughout the tournament, even usually 2 seats to the final table. The drawings sometimes also have theoretical minimums, so if you are a certain level you draw from a certain bowl.

    I won because I got drawn into the Semi's because of my level and then just advanced 2 out of 10. The semi's is usually the hardest level because only 2 out of every table advance. Note that all this is describing the big bac tournaments, not mini bac. Those go much faster and sometimes harder because 1 out of 6 advance during the semi's sometimes.

    Strategy wise is mostly about patience and money management. You need to know where you are in the standings constantly and bet accordingly. The higher levels usually require at least one all in big bet. So you have to be good in math and lucky.

    For instance, advancing in 3rd place is the same as 2nd, so you don't have to try for 2nd place if 3 people advance. Make the 4th place guy take chances to catch up, and they usually bust out faster because the pressure is on them. Since betting order rotates, you can mimic bets to keep your standing. If the 4th place guy bets player, and you are in 3rd, you should bet the same or similar amount on player if it is the last few hands, even if you think it will be banker. Watch out that the 5 th place guy has to be far enough behind though. The way to overcome this is you have one secret bet during the regular hands, and the final last hand bet is automatically a secret bet.
     
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