Bojoko helps you read the baccarat chart. Baccarat is a game where players keep track of the results of every round almost religiously and adjust their bets accordingly. Unfortunately, this is a waste of time: you can't improve your odds of winning by studying patterns on the scoreboard.
However, it is more fun to play the game when you know how to read the result charts. On this page, we'll explain the main score keeping methods step-by-step.
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Baccarat scoreboards are a way to keep track of the previous results.
There are different score keeping methods, and players use one or more to decide their next bets. On this page, we explain them all.
Each score card starts from the beginning of a new shoe and ends after the shoe runs out.
At brick-and-mortar casinos, you'll get a blank score card at the table so you can make notes and track the results. At online casinos, you'll see the results automatically for each live dealer baccarat table.
Should you keep score of the baccarat results?
The short answer is: don't bother.
Many baccarat fans believe in pattern recognition. They keep track of what is happening in the shoe and study the results to predict the outcomes of next hands.
Casinos encourage this by handing out scorecards and pens to mark down the results. At online casinos, you can often see the statistics of every live baccarat table straight at the live casino lobby.
This should be a signal in itself: if the casino freely hands you data, this data doesn't improve your gameplay. Instead, relying on baccarat cards gives you the false impression that by spotting patterns you can predict the results of future rounds.
However, this hasn't deterred players from developing several different scorekeeping methods to track the results of the game. Below, we look at them more closely.
Every baccarat chart is read from top to bottom and left to right. The chart restarts at the beginning of a new shoe. Each scorekeeping method has a slightly different approach to what things they actually track.
The two main scorecards Bead Road and Big Road show you what hands have actually been played. They use blue and red circles (Bead Road) or rings (Big Road) to mark down Player and Banker wins, respectively. In addition, any Ties, pairs and naturals are faithfully recorded in the Bead Road.
The three "derived" methods (Big Eye Boy, Small Road and Cockroach Pig) try to gauge outlying trends, i.e. "chaos" and "predictability". They use the same colours blue and red, but they mean very different things. Whereas blue means a Player win in the main charts, in the derived systems it stands for chaos. Likewise, red signifies predictability instead of a Banker win.
The Bead Road scorekeeping method gives you the raw data of every hand played in a format that doesn't take much space. It shows you whether there was a Player win, a Banker win or a Tie. In addition, you'll see every Tie, Banker or Player pair or natural. Some variants of this method also show you the exact score of the winning hand.
How to read the Bead Road chart?
The Bead Road fills every square on the scorecard. It is read from top to bottom, left to right. After the column is full, the next entry starts at the top of the next column to the right.
Player wins are marked with a blue circle. It may have a number or the letter P or 闲
Banker wins are marked with a red circle. It may have a number or the letter B or 庄
Ties are marked with a green circle and the letter T or 和
The number inside the circle is the value of the winning hand
Player pairs get a small blue circle to the bottom right corner of the entry
Banker paris get a small red circle to the top left corner
Bead Road is very faithful in showing what hands have been dealt. In addition, it keeps track of the pairs. This may be useful if you rely on previous results when placing the Banker pair of Player pair side bets. Plus, the Bead Road uses very little space if you're stingy with writing paper.
The Big Road is a simplified version of the Bead Road scorekeeping method. Its good readability and simplicity have made the Big Road the main scorekeeping method at live dealer casinos.
How to read the Big Road chart?
The Big Road makes spotting the alternation from Banker to Player and vice versa very easy, since this always starts a new column to the right. The chart is read from top to bottom, then left to right.
At a glance, you can see how long winning streaks either hands tend to get. Although the Big Road doesn't record naturals, the scoring system has evolved to show Ties and pairs.
Here's what the markings mean:
A red ring means a Banker win
A blue ring means a Player win
Ties are marked with a green, diagonal line on the previous winner
If there are several consecutive Ties, there's the number of Ties on the previous winner
A Player pair gets a small blue circle at the bottom right corner
A Banker pair is marked with a red circle at the top left.
The dragon tail is a Player or Banker winning streak of 7 or more consecutive wins. The standard scorecard is 6 squares tall, so when the winning streak is longer than that, the "tail" turns right at the bottom.
When there's a dragon tail forming, superstitious gamblers usually rush to bet on this winning streak, not against it. However, the odds of the tail breaking or continuing are exactly the same as before.
If there are multiple consecutive dragon tails, they turn right at the bottom instead of overlapping with the previous tails.
Derived scoring systems
The three "derived" scoring systems (Big Eye Boy, Small Road and Cockroach Pig) are derived from the Big Road. Instead of accurately noting down whether the Banker or Player won which hand, these systems try to highlight overall trends of chaos and predictability in the past results. The idea is to use this data to better forecast the winners of future rounds.
In a predictable shoe, there's a certain symmetry between Banker and Player winning streaks. In a chaotic shoe, such clear patterns are hard to find.
The exact rules of measuring chaos and predictability vary from one system to another. However, they all use red to signify predictability and blue to note down chaos or choppiness.
Like the Big Road, the derived systems are read from top to bottom and left to right. Each change of trend starts a new column. However, each marking only uses one corner of a standard square, fitting 4 markings in the space of 1 standard square.
Big Eye Boy
Big Eye Boy is the first of the derived baccarat scoring systems. Like the Big Road system, it uses red and blue rings to keep track of the deck. However, it measures the perceived predictability and choppiness of the deck instead of Player/Banker wins.
The things affecting whether a certain result is counted as chaotic or predictable are:
The length of consecutive winning streaks
The length of individual winning streaks
The rules for determining predictability depend on whether the new entry on the Big Road starts a new column or continues an existing streak:
If the new entry starts a new column: Compare the length of the last two columns. If they're equally long, this is noted as a predictable result using a red circle. If one is longer than the other, this is noted as chaotic with a blue circle.
If the new entry continues an existing column: Look at the square to the left of the new entry and compare it to the square above it. If they are equal (either both are empty or both have a marking), this is a predictable result. If the first space is empty and the second one isn't, this is unpredictable.
Small Road is very much like Big Eye Boy. To tell the two apart, the Small Road uses solid circles (red or blue) instead of rings.
In Small Road, you're still comparing the length of consecutive and individual winning streaks, just like in Big Eye Boy. However, you "hop over" one column in the comparisons.
New column: Instead of comparing the length of the last two columns, you're comparing the last and the 3rd last columns of the Big Road.
Existing column: Instead of comparing the cell one space left to the one above it, you're comparing the cell 2 spaces to the left and one above it
Since you need to look at up to 3 columns back, the Small Road scoring system only starts once there are 4 columns on the Big Road.
Cockroach Pig is also very similar to Big Eye Boy and Small Road. This system uses diagonal stripes of red and blue to track the results.
Whereas Small Road hops over 1 column in comparison, Cockroach Pig hops over 2:
New column: compare the length of the last and the 4th last column
Existing column: compare the cell 3 spaces to the left and the one above it
In Cockroach Pig, you need to look at up to 4 columns back. That's why the entries only start once there are 5 columns on the Big Road.
Lauri was the Head of Content at Bojoko. He worked in online gambling from 2016 to 2021, reviewing hundreds of online casinos, bonuses and games. Lauri has a masters degree in history from the University of Tampere. He is a live casino aficionado who has also created his very own roulette strategy.