Bad Beat Baccarat | Cutting Edge Video 2017

Michael Shackleford: Hi, I'm Mike Shackleford with the Wizard of Odds, at the 2017 cutting edge table game conference at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas. I'm joined today by Adam Daines, representing the game Bad Beat Baccarat.


Before we talk about that…

…let me just say that your father, Franklin Daines, was I think my very first client back when I was a freelance mathematician. This is going back to the year 1999, 2000.

[00:00:37] Adam Daines: It was early, I remember that. I was pretty young. We started with a few games back then, one of them being Lucky Lucky.

[00:00:43] Michael: Yes. His father invented the Lucky Lucky. If I may toot my own horn, I was the mathematician on it.

[00:00:49] Adam: Michael was a mathematician on it.

[00:00:53] Michael: Anyway, now, Franklin has passed on the business in part to his son, Adam. Adam, tell me about your latest creation Bad Beat Baccarat.

[00:01:04] Adam: Well, Bad Beat Baccarat started with a name. We had a great concept, what a bad beat in Baccarat is any lost by one. We wanted to take the same math that made Lucky Lucky great.

A nice house edge where about 5.4% and a hit frequency that's very high for the player. So, 19%, about one in five hands, you're going to see a winner on Bad Beat Baccarat.

The top hand

…is a three-card nine over eight, that pays 40 to 1. The low hand, being any lost by one and then a progressive pay table in between. From there we wanted to make the game commission or commission-free to free up space on the casino floor.

If you only offer one game

You want to be able to accommodate all players. Simply by changing our sign, we can go from a commission game to a commission-free game. We offer the bank seven, which is a three-card winner on the bank with a total of seven.

That's also the hand that pushes for the commission-free version. We offer the player eight, which is a three-card eight winner on the player.


From there…

… we wanted to add a little bit of action to the tie line, so the seven-seven and six-six are your most commonly hit ties. They both pay 40 to 1. When players want to hit this, when this bet hasn't hit very often, they can chase the seven-seven and six-six.

All very exciting bets.

[00:02:21] Michael: All right. Again, this is like regular Baccarat, whether it be commission-free or standard, that Bad Beat Baccarat works on a bad beat, either way.

[00:02:32] Adam: Either way, correct. You can hit bank or player. It's any lost by one on either side.

[00:02:37] Michael: All right, then plus there's some other side bets thrown in there, some we've seen before, some we haven't, some Egalitie side bets which are on specific ties.

Do you mind if I play a few hands?

[00:02:48] Adam: Let's play a few hands.

[00:02:49] Michael: All right. Thanks, Adam.

[00:02:52] Adam: Place your bets. Player shows natural nine. There will be no draw. Bank shows natural eight. We have a bad beat. Banker comes down. The ties, the other prop bets come down but we have a 10 to 1 winner on the bad beat for $50.

No more bets

Player shows five. Bank shows natural nine. There will be no draw. Bank wins. Nine over five. All right, no more bets. Player shows seven and stands. Bank shows seven. We have a tie hand, seven over seven. We have a 40 to 1 winner on the seven-seven tie. $40 on the tie.

Congratulations, Michael.

[00:04:58] Michael: Thank you very much. Thanks so much, Adam, for showing me the game. Again, this is Bad Beat Baccarat.

[00:05:05] Adam: All right, Bad Beat Baccarat.

[00:05:07] Michael: All right. Hope to see it in the casino soon.