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Fabulous 4 Baccarat
Fabulous 4 Baccarat is a baccarat variant I've heard is available at the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore.
I shall assume the reader is already familiar with the rules for conventional baccarat. The rules for Fabulous 4 Baccarat are the same with the following additions and exceptions.
- Eight decks of cards are used.
- A winning Banker bet shall pay 2 to 1 on a total of 1, push on a total of 4, and pay 1 to 1 on all other totals.
- A winning Player bet shall pay 2 to 1 on a total of 1, 1-2 on a total of 4, and pay 1 to 1 on all other totals.
- The tie bet pays the same 8 to 1 as conventional baccarat.
- There are a pair of side bets titled the "Player Fabulous Pair" and "Banker Fabulous Pair." They both pay based on the first two cards of the respective hand. A suited pair pays 7 to 1. A non-suited pair pays 4 to 1. Any two suited cards of different ranks pay 1 to 1. Cards that differ in both rank and lose lose.
- Another side bet titled the "Player Fabulous 4" pays 50 to 1 on a Player winning total of 4.
- Another side bet titled the "Banker Fabulous 4" pays 25 to 1 on a Player winning total of 4.
The following table shows my analysis of the Player bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 1.60%.
|Win with 1||2||24,639,193,538,560||0.004929||0.009859|
|Win on 2, 3, and 5-9||1||2,119,713,317,957,630||0.424079||0.424079|
|Win with 4||0.5||86,165,771,096,064||0.017239||0.008619|
The following table shows my analysis of the Banker bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 1.55%.
|Win with 1||2||24,291,119,898,624||0.004860||0.009720|
|Win on 2, 3, and 5-9||1||2,104,601,656,406,020||0.421055||0.421055|
|Win with 4||0||163,359,790,133,248||0.032682||0.000000|
The following table shows my analysis of the Tie bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 14.36%.
The following table shows my analysis of the Banker Fabulous 4 bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 15.03%.
Banker Fabulous 4 Analysis
|Banker with 4||25||163,359,790,133,248||0.032682||0.817061|
The following table shows my analysis of the Player Fabulous 4 bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 12.08%.
Player Fabulous 4 Analysis
|Player win with 4||50||86,165,771,096,064||0.017239||0.861934|
The following table shows my analysis of the Fabulous Pair bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 11.33%.
Fabulous Pair Analysis
- from the Singapore casino regulatory agency.
Written by: Michael Shackleford