The purpose of a card counting baccarat strategy is to find out when it will be more favorable to bet on the player depending on the cards that have already been dealt from the shoe.
There's only the tiniest of differences between the banker or the player winning the hand, so you will have plenty of opportunities to place a bet on a winning hand.
In order to card count in baccarat, you need to be playing a version of the game which has a six-deck or eight-deck shoe.
Contrary to what you might believe, you don’t have to me a mathematical genius as the counting is easy in small numbers.
For every ace, two or three that is dealt from the shoe, you'll need to count 1.
• Count 2 for every four dealt from the shoe.
• Count minus 1 when a five, seven, or eight are dealt from the shoe.
• Count minus 2 when a six is dealt from the show.
• Count 0 when every King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine is dealt from the show.
You keep counting as long as the game is from a single shoe for the count. The higher the number the count is, your odds of winning a player bet become higher and higher. Once you hit count 16, it’s better to place your wager on the player than the banker, when it’s lower, than 16 then keep betting on the banker. Tie bets are too risky to place at all unless that’s what you are after. Once a new shoe is used, then you need to start counting again.
The theory behind using card counting in your betting strategy is that the house edge will depend on the cards left in the shoe. When there are less fives, sixes and eights the house edge will be in favor of the player, and similarly when there are less aces, twos, threes and fours in the shoe then the house edge will favor the banker instead of the player. By monitoring which cards are no longer in the shoe and which ones remain you can make a decision over which bet will be more likely than the other.