Many gamblers who frequently play casino games online will at some point stumble upon the game of Baccarat. While most players today seem to prefer playing video slots and other graphically stunning casino games when they are online, Baccarat is one of those classic and traditional card games that has been played for centuries. In fact, this game is believed to have been introduced during the reign of King Charles VIII who was the ruler of France between 1483 and 1498 - and it has been played all over the world ever since. Today, every decent online casino with some self-respect will host at least one or several variants of Baccarat.
Despite its reputation of being a very difficult casino game to master, Baccarat is actually quite easy to get a grip of since there are only three types of bets that can be placed. In short, the object of the game is to finish as close to the number nine as possible in each hand. Players can place bets on whether the player hand or the dealer hand will win. Bets can also be placed on the less frequent outcome of a tie between the player and the dealer ("the banker"). So again, there are only three types of bets that can be made.
Having said that, Baccarat does have a long history of players looking for trends and patterns throughout the game sessions, and in land based casinos there are always plenty of detailed scorecards and pencils available to track the games - something that many players utilize almost religiously.
One of the most popular and widely used betting strategies in Baccarat is the "Avant Dernier" system. This strategy is immensely popular among players in continental Europe and is indeed a very fun way to play Baccarat - however, this does not in any way imply that it is a long-term winning system.
"Avant dernier" is French and simply means "before last". The proposition of this strategy is to always bet on the second last winning result. For instance, if there is a winning sequence of banker-player-banker-banker, then the next bet will be placed on the banker. In this sequence, the second last win, (the third winning hand in this sequence), was banker. In contrast, if there is a winning sequence of player-banker-player-banker, then the next bet will be placed on the player. As you can see from these examples - and to avoid any confusion - this system does not require the hands to win exactly in turns since the bet will always be placed on the second last result!
The Avant Dernier system can be quite successful in those game sessions where the winning hand fluctuates between the player and the banker. Therefore, many casino players like this strategy since it does not require a large bankroll or the use of progressive betting. As described above, the Avant Dernier system is also a fun way to play the game of Baccarat.
So yes, casino games should be fun and exciting to play - but it is also about winning the money! As with every gambling or betting strategy, it is impossible for the Avant Dernier system to be profitable at all times. This lies in the nature of casino gambling as the house always have a slight advantage against their players. The Avant Dernier strategy will sooner or later find itself in trouble (and face losing streaks) when long winning sequences occur in "double chopping"-pairs like banker-banker-player-player-banker-banker and so forth. The system does however prevent from losing money when very long winning streaks of a single winning hand takes place, like player-player-player-player and so on. This is probably one of the reasons the Avant Dernier system is so popular among casino players.
Yes, it is true - when considering odds only, the safest bet one can place in Baccarat at any given time is to place a bet on the banker. Regardless of winning streaks and patterns, the banker bet will always have the most favorable odds for winning the hand prior to being dealt. But then again, when playing long game sessions with many, many hands - placing banker bets only will not prevent long losing streaks when the other hand starts to win several times in a row.
I guess it is all a matter of taste and your gambling style when playing casino games. Some players will frown upon not following the mathematical odds at all times. Others will accept a slight detour from these odds, as long as this prevents them from losing their entire bankroll when these inevitable long runs occur sooner or later.