How to Play Double Fortune Baccarat

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When playing baccarat, what’s better than good fortune? Why, double good fortune, of course—hence the idea of adding a second shoe full of cards to a standard game to create “Double Fortune Baccarat.” Allegedly introduced at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas in 2007, this variation gets money on the table twice as fast as the conventional game, while offering additional proposition betting involving both shoes.

Rules of the Game

Double Fortune Baccarat follows the rules of standard baccarat, but with two shoes full of cards—one containing eight red-back decks and one containing eight blue-back decks. Participants may wager on either the Banker hand or Player hand for the red shoe or the blue shoe or for both shoes. When wagering on both shoes, it is not necessary to be successful on both wagers in order to receive a payout. The bets are maintained independent of each other, so it is possible to win on one hand and lose on the other.

There are, however, two side bets in this game that allow participants to wager on outcomes affected by the cards from both shoes. The Double Fortune Pairs side bet allows a single bet to be placed on the first two cards of both Banker and Player hands. If one pair is formed on either game, the side bet pays 2:1. If one pair is formed on each game, the payout is 5:1. For two pairs formed on the same game, the side bet wins 10:1, while three pairs pays 20:1 and four pairs pays 100:1.

The second side bet offered in Double Fortune Baccarat is a “Ties” bet similar the one found in conventional games. The odds and payouts are different, of course owing to the addition of the second shoe. A tie on either game results in a payout of 3:1, while a tie on each game is worth 25:1. Should a tie of equal value occur in both games, the payout is 50:1. Note that if one shoe runs out of cards before the other, all side bets are voided and will remain off the board until the cards in both shoes have been exhausted.

Playing Strategy

As in traditional baccarat, a 5% commission must be paid for Banker hand winnings, while the Player hand pays even money when successful. Nevertheless, the Banker hand in each game has the advantage over the Player hand with a House edge of 1.06% versus 1.24%. The two shoes are operated independently, so there is no hedging of bets and no advantage to backing the Banker hand for one shoe and the Player hand for the other. Statistically, always betting on the Banker hand for both games is the optimum method of wagering.

The side bets, on the other hand, play a bit differently from the standard game. The House edge on the traditional Tie bet with eight decks in play is 14.36%. In Double Fortune Baccarat, the addition of the second shoe and the reformulation of payouts bring that advantage down to 4.51%. Specifically, no tie will occur in 90.48% of all deals in the regular game, but that figure is reduced to 81.87% in the two-shoe version.

Similarly, the standard Pair bet in baccarat features a House edge of 10.36%, paying 11:1 for a pair on the deal. In Double Fortune Baccarat, the Pair bet comes with a House edge of just 3.45% and a potential reward of 100 times the wager. No pair can be expected in 73.31% of all deals when playing Double Fortune Baccarat compared to 92.53% in the conventional game.

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