Baccarat Strategy – The Big Road and Derived Roads


Baccarat is one of the most popular and profitable casino games. It has been around for over 500 years and is found in casinos in most parts of the world. It is also often featured in James Bond movies.

The game has a high house edge, but there is still a way to play baccarat for big profits without losing too much. The key is to play on a ‘one-sided’ bet, which means wagering only on a banker or player hand.

This strategy has a small house advantage, but is highly profitable over the long term. Most players will stick to this strategy, but it’s important to understand how the odds of any specific hand change over time.

When playing live baccarat you should be aware of what’s called the ‘big road’, which is the main screen at the table. This is a grid, usually six rows wide and many columns deep. When a banker or player wins the big road will show a hollow red or blue circle. The circle goes under the first result as it moves down to the left or right. This pattern is repeated for the other results.

Derived roads are also shown on the ‘big road’, but these do not show a pattern of results, they only record trends and patterns. They are important for baccarat trend followers, but you should not confuse them with the red and blue circles on the ‘big road’.

These derived roads can be confusing for newcomers, so it’s important to know how they work and what they mean. They are designed to record trends and patterns of banker and player results, but don’t indicate whether they have a positive or negative pattern.

When a banker or player wins the shoe, the ‘big road’ will show a hollow red or blue circle. This will continue down the screen, with a second hollow red or blue circle underneath it as it moves to the right or left. When a second result is shown on the ‘big road’ the’marker road’ will be at the bottom left or top right of the screen, depending on how it is positioned in the casino.

The’marker road’ is sometimes called the ‘bead plate’ in some casinos. It’s usually at the bottom left or top right of the big road, but sometimes it’s at the top above it.

There are a few different versions of the game, but they all share the same basic rules. The goal of the game is to have the hand you bet on be closest to nine points. This is achieved by subtracting 10 from the original total. You can bet on the banker hand, the player hand or a tie.

In the event that both hands have the same score, it’s called a tie and both the bets to the banker and to the player are returned. This can make a lot of sense to a high roller, but it’s not a good strategy for everyone.