Baccarat Strategy – Martingale system

The Martingale system is one of the oldest and most popular betting systems. The system was devised for even-money games, and while it was devised for roulette, it has also been adapted for blackjack and baccarat. Use Martingale only when you bet on the player or the banker. After you lose an even-money bet, double your bet until you win. When you win, you have to return to the first bet

1 ⇒ lose ⇒ 2 ⇒ lose ⇒ 4 ⇒ lose ⇒ 8 ⇒ win ⇒ 1

You can exceed your bankroll or reach the table limit before hitting a winning hand.

Let’s see an example. Imagine your first bet is $5 and the table has a limit of $500. So, you can see if you lose 7 consecutive hands you won’t be able to increase your bet any more.

Bet 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Size $5 $10 $20 $40 $80 $160 $320 $640

There are also some variations of Martingale.

Grand Martingale

Grand or Great Martingale system makes the player bet even more. If the player loses a hand he has to double his bet and add one more unit to that amount. The sequence is following:

1 ⇒ lose ⇒ 2 + 1 ⇒ lose ⇒ 6 + 1 ⇒ lose ⇒ 14 + 1 ⇒ lose ⇒ 30 + 1 ⇒ win ⇒ 1

If you are on a bad streak you will reach the table limit quicker than when you are playing the classic Martingale system.

If you finally win, the net gain is the initial bet and one unit. You can use this system with little changes, for example, add 2,3 or more units instead of 1 to your doubled bet amount after a loss. But using such a strategy you can lose a lot of money.

Reverse Martingale System

There is also a Reverse Martingale System which tells you to double the next bet not after a loss but after each win and return to the initial bet when losing. The sequence is following:

1 ⇒ win ⇒ 2 ⇒ win ⇒ 4 ⇒ win ⇒ 8 ⇒ lose ⇒ 1

The Reverse Martingale is considered less risky than the classic Martingale. But, there is a risk to lose all wins if you suddenly lose. The best advice here is to stop increasing the bet after several consecutive wins.