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# 3 Giving 8 Baccarat Side Bet

## Introduction

3 Giving 8 is a baccarat side bet found at the Hippodromo casino in London. It pays 200 to 1 if the Banker hand starts with a two-card total of three and the Player hand draws a third card of an 8.

To avoid confusion, as usual when writing about baccarat I the lower case when referring to the player playing the game and upper case when referring to the Player bet.

## Rules

The 3 Giving 8 side bet wins if all of the following are true:

• The Banker hand has three points after two cards
• The Player hand has 0 to 5 points after two cards, thus drawing a third card.
• The third card drawn to the Player hand is an 8.

These set of conditions may seem arbitrary, but this is the only situation where the Banker hand will stand on a two-card total of three points.

## Analysis

The following table shows my analysis of the 3 Giving 8 bet, when a win pays 200 to 1. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 8.68%.

### 3 Giving 8 — 200 to 1

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 200 22,708,577,366,016 0.004543 0.908634
Loss -1 4,975,689,698,137,340 0.995457 -0.995457
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.086823

I hear the Empire casino in London offers the same bet, but pay only 180 to 1. The following table shows the odds under those stingier rules. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 17.77%.

### 3 Giving 8 — 180 to 1

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 180 22,708,577,366,016 0.004543 0.817771
Loss -1 4,975,689,698,137,340 0.995457 -0.995457
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.177686

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