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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cardoza; 1 edition (April 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580420877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580420877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on December 5, 2003
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The author recorded the results of each hand for 232 shoes and concocted a system that would work against that set of results. He doesn't recognize that anything can happen in such a small sample. For example, he reports that, in his 232 shoes, the Player hand won 50.8% of the non-tied hands. In the long run, of course, the Player wins less than 50% of the non-tied hands. Otherwise, anyone could win at baccarat just by betting Player all the time. This is why serious analysts use computer simulations to study samples of literally millions of hands.
The author's basic method is an up-as-you-lose progression. Any such system will indeed tend to win more often than it loses, because it wins large bets that recoup earlier small losses. The catch is that, when the large bets lose, then the system loses big. The few big losses will offset the many smaller wins. The net result, over the long run, will be in keeping with the game's underlying math -- which, in baccarat, means that the bettor will lose about one percent of the total amount bet. Therefore, this author's claim that his system will win two-thirds of all shoes is plausible. Unfortunately, the long-run result will be the same as that of a player who didn't bother to record hand results and just bet the same amount every hand -- i.e., a net loss.
The author states, correctly, that the odds on each hand are the same regardless of the results of the preceding hands. Nevertheless, he advises betting that streaks won't continue. He doesn't explain this inconsistency. (There's actually an extremely slight interdependence among successive hands, so that streaks are very slightly more likely to end than to continue, but the author doesn't discuss this phenomenon and correctly doesn't rely on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vernon Andrew Roessler on December 31, 2014
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AWESOME! Lot of great info and the math involved is impeccable. This book is a must read for baccarat players. Ask yourself: What is the % of winning any given hand? If you don't know then buy the book otherwise you are just gambling. The title may throw some people or put them off but it contains the math behind baccarat and has some solid techniques.
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This book offers an in-depth discussion of intelligently betting the player/banker hands of baccarat -- based on the odds over the course of an entire shoe. Mr. Kaysar's system offers the player no magical system to guaranteed riches. In fact the author is honest about his system and the expected win ratio playing the basic strategy,according to the author is: 55% of half of shoes played the bettor will win, lose of 40% of shoes and tie the remaining 5% (pg.70). Again, I am pleased with the authors honesty, which so many others lack when jacking up the win ratios for their "systems." The author plainly states, "If there were some magical 'system' to winning at baccarat...no one in his right mind would write a book and tell you about it. He'd just keep it to himself and get rich." (pg.207) What is offered in this book, in my opinion, is a sound and reasonable strategy to winning hands at baccarat. It is a simple system, but not simplistic, and may require a bit of mental effort, at least at first, when applying his strategies.

The reason why it is lacking five stars is two-fold: first, a more in-depth discussion of money management and betting procedures would have been welcome. Secondly, since the author is a mathematician (and I was happy to see his work peer reviewed), some of his concepts could be more fully explained in a simpler fashion for laymen such as myself -- especially when he begins to discuss "standard deviations" and so forth.

I would heartily recommend this book for anyone looking to add to his gambling book collection on baccarat. I would go so far as to say it is required reading on the subject if you have more than a passing interest in winning at the baccarat table, even if you disagree with his method.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By art doyle on April 11, 2015
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For all you Baccarrat players out there, this is the BEST book on how to play and possibly make money on this casino game ,which has one of the best odds of all the casino games ---Thank you Amazon --!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2011
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There is nothing useful in this book at all, the sample size is just too small. The only bet I would make is that the author rigged the results. STAY AWAY!
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