Any list of viable betting systems should include: D’Alembert Baccarat Strategy, Martingale Strategy and Fibonacci Strategy. Of this group, the D’Alembert Baccarat Strategy would be considered the simplest one to implement. The system was named after 18th century French mathematician Jean-Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert. In casino betting circles, both the Martingale Strategy and the D’Alembert Baccarat System are known as “negative progression systems.” That refers to the process of increasing bets after a loss and decreasing bets after a win.
The D’Alembert Baccarat Strategy Negative Progression System
The feature that makes this Baccarat betting system so popular is the ease with which the player will be able to keep track of their next wager. With the Martingale Strategy, the player has to continue doubling up losing bets until they hit a winning bet. At that point, they revert back to their base unit bet. It’s worth noting that either of these systems can be used on any type of bet that features even money odds. In Baccarat, these systems should only be applied when playing the Banker or Player spots.
The D’Alembert progression is a little different. After each losing bet, the player is required to increase their prior bet by one unit. After a winning bet, the player is required to decrease their prior bet by one unit. This process can continue until the player runs out of money from losses or arrives back as the base unit level after a win or consecutive wins. After any winning bet at the base unit level, the player simply continues betting the base amount.
The following example will paint a picture of how this betting system actually works. Each D’Alembert betting sequence begins and ends with a winning bet at the base level. Once the player concludes one betting sequence, they can begin another For this example, the betting unit is equal to $1.
Bet 1 = $1 (lose) -$1
Bet 2 = $2 (lose) -$3
Bet 3 = $3 (lose) -$6
Bet 4 = $4 (win) -$2
Bet 5 = $3 (win) +$1
Bet 6 = $2 (win) +$3
Bet 7 = $1 (win) +$4
Betting sequence complete. The player has successfully won $4 for this sequence. The system is designed to generate fair winning from a winning streak and minimize losses from a losing streak.
Risk of using the D’Alembert Baccarat System
We want to point out that no betting system or playing strategy is going to change the house’s inherent advantage. Whether playing the Banker or Player spots, the house always has an advantage of 1.06% on every hand.
The only true risk associated with using this betting system is the possibility the player will run out of money before they can sustain a material winning streak. This would only happen if the player experiences a disproportionate amount of losses. In support of this point, let’s consider the player who comes to the Baccarat table with $200. Using this betting negative progression system, the player could sustain 19 straight losses if their base unit was $1. That buys plenty of time to hit a winning streak.