So, I'm trying to figure out the odds on the perfect pairs sidebet. The bet is paid when either the Player or Banker's first two cards match exactly.

In an 8-deck shoe...

There's = 52 (different ranks and suits) * 8 * 7 = 2,912 ways to make a perfect pair. Out of a possible 416*415 = 172,640 two card hands. The probability is .01686 = 1.686%

Double this number because there's two chances at it (Player or Banker). 1.686% *2 = 3.373%

The Wiz has it at 3.345%....I'm just curious as to the discrepancy.

Thanks.

I suspect you double counted the probability of both hands being pairs

Thank You.

Still trying to get my head around this formula.... 416 is the number of cards in 8 decks... the rest I' m lost on.

This formula translates well into computer code which is what I'm looking for.

Care to elaborate? Thank You.

First Player has to mismatch

(a) 416 = any card in 8 decks (say As)

(b) 408 = any other card, not being As, = 8*51 (say Ks)

Second Banker has to mismatch. Two possibilities for the first card.

EITHER

(c) 400 = any card other than one of those dealt to player (i.e. not As nor Ks, so say Qs)

(d) 406 = any other card, not being Qs, given two (As Ks) have already gone = 406

OR

(e) 14 = any card which was given to the player (i.e. As or Ks, say As)

(f) 407 = any card not matching (e) given that one non-matching card (i.e. Ks) has already gone.

Divided by the number of ways of getting four cards = 416*415*414*413.

Quote:railer1 - (416 * 408) * (400 * 406 + 14 * 407) * 412! / 416! =~ 3.345%

Still trying to get my head around this formula.... 416 is the number of cards in 8 decks... the rest I' m lost on.

This formula translates well into computer code which is what I'm looking for.

Care to elaborate? Thank You.

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You can find my code (in VBA) for many different Baccarat side bets, including the Pairs, in my Baccarat Edge Calculator here:

https://researchers.one/doc/61a90587ec1251c54f18ea35

The effect of removal is significant in this case since there are only seven ways to match a card in an eight deck shoe. Still not bad for a calculation you can do in your head

Quote:charliepatrickIt uses the 1-Pr(of no Perfect Pair) logic.

First Player has to mismatch

(a) 416 = any card in 8 decks (say As)

(b) 408 = any other card, not being As, = 8*51 (say Ks)

Second Banker has to mismatch. Two possibilities for the first card.

EITHER

(c) 400 = any card other than one of those dealt to player (i.e. not As nor Ks, so say Qs)

(d) 406 = any other card, not being Qs, given two (As Ks) have already gone = 406

OR

(e) 14 = any card which was given to the player (i.e. As or Ks, say As)

(f) 407 = any card not matching (e) given that one non-matching card (i.e. Ks) has already gone.

Divided by the number of ways of getting four cards = 416*415*414*413.

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Thanks for the explanation. This makes a lot of sense to me.

So, if I was to take this process and apply it to a penetrated shoe, the formula would be a little different, because I would have to consider the effect of removal of each individual card. So I would calculate the probability of mis-matching each individual rank and suit, then sum all the probabilities.

For instance.... to take a simple example...let's say there's 12 cards left in an 8-deck shoe and, there's 5 As and 4 Ks and 3 Qs remaining....

1 -

(

5 (As) * 7(any other card) * 3(Remaining Ks) * 7 (Any card minus the Ks and one As) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards) +

5 (As) * 7(any other card) * 2(Remaining Qs) * 8 (Any card minus the Qs and one As) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards) +

4 (Ks) * 8(any other card) * 4(Remaining As) * 6 (Any card minus the As and one Ks) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards) +

4 (Ks) * 8(any other card) * 2(Remaining Qs) * 8 (Any card minus the Qs and one Ks) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards) +

3 (Qs) * 9(any other card) * 4(Remaining As) * 6 (Any card minus the As and one Qs) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards) +

3 (Qs) * 9(any other card) * 3(Remaining Ks) * 7 (Any card minus the Ks and one Qs) / 12*11*10*9(Total ways to deal 4 cards)

)

A lot of arthimetic for situations where the subset of cards contain 52 different ranks and suits... I guess that's why computers were invented.

Thanks again!