I played another baccarat event over the past weekend (https://www.blackjacktournaments.com/tournaments/oriental-pearl-baccarat-tournament.2592/) and managed my first final table appearance for baccarat! However, I finished 5th out of 9 and the prize pool was top heavy. Still, another good experience. In both the preliminary round (3 advance from 9) and the semi final round (1 advances from 8), I found myself in similar situations on the final hand. For both rounds, there were no limits, it was a secret bet and tie paid 8 to 1. The similar situations were that I was on the bubble (BR3 in the preliminary and BR1 in the semi final) and had one or more players close on my tail. In the preliminary round, the bankrolls of the remaining players were: ~12000, ~11000, 8100 (me), 8000, 8000, 7600. I had two players within a minimum bet. In the semi final, the bankrolls were 6700 (me), 6500, 6000, 4600, 4300. In both situations, I was almost 100% sure that my opponents would be all-in in some fashion and I was also acutely aware of the error I had made at my previous baccarat event (https://www.blackjacktournaments.com/threads/final-hand-secret-bet-betting-on-tie.8325/). Ididn't want to repeat it. In the preliminary round, I therefore felt that I could afford less than 100 on a tie bet. I also wanted to hold back a few chips in case my opponents went all-in and lost everything. I ended up betting 8000 on bank and nothing on tie, holding back 100. I figured that any tie bets my opponents would make would be big enough to beat the 25-75 I would have had available to bet. Looking back now, I probably should have bet only 7925 on bank which would have left me with 150 for a tie bet while still holding back a chip. In the semi-final, under time pressure, I ended up doing something similar. I bet 6500 on bank and nothing on tie, holding back 200. Any insights into these situations would be appreciated.