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Table Games Looking for a Newbie Friendly Baccarat Game

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by bighouse304, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. bighouse304

    bighouse304 Tourist

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    Can anyone point me in the right direction to find a Baccarat game that is friendly to someone trying it for the first time. I was at a couple places on the strip to try it out and almost immediately received dirty looks and under the breath comments because after I had asked the dealer a couple questions. If it wasn't that, it was just the inability to find an open table as they all seemed full at all hours at the day. Any help?
     
  2. whifi

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  3. bighouse304

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    Great! I'll check it out. Many Thanks!
     
  4. ahalifko

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    I second the electronic game for practice. I also recommend finding an empty MIDI Bac table somewhere if you can. Most dealers I've met have been really kind about explaining everything when there's nothing else going on. I got comfortable with the game at SLS. The casino is pretty deserted during the day and the table minimum is usually $10 too.
     
  5. Chloe

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    Oh great I love the electronic games that still have a dealer. I hope I can learn from it. When I play the electronic craps game I still have no idea what's going on lol
     
  6. Sonya

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    This may not be what you're looking for, but you might consider a lesson in one of the casinos. I finally learned how to play craps by taking a free lesson at Excalibur years ago. My mom's game and she had been trying to teach me for years, but whenever I stepped up to the table, I was super intimidated by it all and felt like everyone was critical of what I was doing. The lesson was great fun and they gave you some free chips and did a practice game where things moved really slowly at first and you could ask questions.

    It's not quite the same thrill as playing at a live game, but it's a good chance to get your feet wet without intimidation. I'm not sure where you are staying. (Planet Hollywood?) You might check with the casino to see if they are offering a baccarat lesson. They usually happen on weekday mornings, or early afternoon.
     
  7. irishdave

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    Both the Venetian and Palazzo have the electronic baccarat "stadiums" You can't miss Palazzo's, it's just inside the entrance from the grand canal shops. Venetian's is a bit hidden from the main casino, it's over by the sports book. I love these games, you can even play multiple hands. While you can't really talk to a dealer, there's a rules screen you can pull up, so you could watch a couple of hands that way.
     
  8. oldcrabtom

    oldcrabtom Low-Roller

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    The Southpoint has mini baccarat which I presume has essentially the same rules......
     
  9. willslotforcash

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    SHFL makes the electronic one, try that.

    And don't sweat the dirty looks from Asians. Sometimes I see them drop $500 on player, and I put $15 on banker, and they give me the look for "going against them."
     
  10. Nauriel

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    Best place to learn? Monte Carlo.

    They have a very small high limit room and one $25 mini-bac table there during the day. The dealers are very friendly and patient and during the day you can likely have the place to yourself.

    It's also where I learned!

    When I first started playing mini-bac I went there and they explained everything step by step. Even talking me through the hands and making me count the card numbers up (she wouldn't pay me until I figured out the winning hand!).

    Also - super attentive drink service.

    It was a great experience and a great place to learn.
     
  11. Its Only Money

    Its Only Money Low-Roller

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    Thanks for this tip. I just might try that in a couple weeks.
     
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    I completely agree. The dealers at the HIT bar (MC's high limit room) are very helpful and friendly.
    I learned at Treasure Island's high limit room. They have a mini-bac table with a $25 minimum during the day, but no Midi-Bac at all in that casino.
    Bellagio has two mini-bac tables just outside their high limit room, open at night. I think their limits may go as low as $25, but when I saw it, they were at $50.
    Basically, if you see an empty table and want to play, ask the dealer first as a courtesy, "Hi, I'm new to the game, would you mind explaining it to me if I play?"

    Hope this helps!
     
  13. Chuck2009x

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    Unless you're asking about the various tracking displays, there really isn't that much to learn about baccarat.

    Etiquette-wise, if you decide you want to sit down with what looks like a table of superstitious players, the only way to avoid some of the dirty looks is to just hold your bet and then bet the same way as the rest of the table. That won;t work all the time, because if there's a run of losing bets, they'll blame you anyway, lol.

    The other way is to just push your bet out first while they're all looking at the board and deciding what the cockroach road says. Then they can't say you bet against them. Or have an obvious consistent strategy, like always bet on the side that won the last hand, that's an accepted style that everybody will recognize.

    You just have to get used to it.
     
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