I made a careless error on the final hand of the preliminary round at https://www.blackjacktournaments.com/tournaments/mini-baccarat-tournament.2577/ yesterday. I thought I would mention it so that you don't make the same mistake. This was a 2 advance table with a secret bet on the final hand. Limits were 50-2500 for banker/player and 10-500 for tie. A winning tie bet pays 8 to 1. Note that a winning tie bet can do some serious damage here, being worth 4000 for a max bet. Also, it didn't enter into it here, but 5% commission is charged on winning banker bets. Betting order doesn't matter here, since it was a secret bet. Bankrolls were as follows: BR1: 5600 Me: 4561 BR3: 4190 BR4: 1750 BR3 is right on my tail and BR4 is in trouble, but not out of it, because of the large maximum on the tie bet and the small possibility of swinging the rest of us. I had brushed up on Wong's tournament baccarat chapter the night before and remembered his advice for this situation: when on the bubble with a secret bet and with one or more contenders, play his 'Max-Bank' strategy. This strategy says to bet the max on bank and also the 'max' on tie. The logic is that your opponent(s) must first be lucky enough to bet opposite to you (secret bet) and also lucky enough to win their bet in order to catch you. As well, if the hand is a tie, the banker/player bets all push and you maintain your lead with your tie bet. This all assumes that your opponent(s) will bet big which, as far as I have observed is almost always the case. The odds of you maintaining your lead are quite good. More than 75% for one contender. So I bet 2500 on banker, 500 on tie. Can you spot my error? There is a small hint in my description of Wong's Max-Bank strategy above. Bonus points if you do not consult Wong's book in order to figure it out.