The only reason that I can think of about peeking and rubing the card is.......to increase the excitement of the game...sometime you may hear they say something like "三邊". Merely an emotional movement. Anyhow, Baccarat is the most "fair" game in casino, as far as I know.

About the slot machine, there will be no fun at all if they do that....

I am reading a book about casino table game design, and came upon some interesting tidbits about baccarat.

1. House Edge. The book did not list the actual house edge of baccarat, but did imply that the house edge in this game is small. The author of the book mentioned this site, and I found a house edge table in the below link. You make notice that in Blackjack, the house edge seems very small, but that's assuming the player playing perfect strategy. Any deviation from the perfect strategy means more edges to the house!

http://wizardofodds.com/houseedge2. Drop & Hold. In casino management terminology, Drop is the amount gamblers changed from cash to chips, and Hold is the percentage of Drop retained or won by casinos. Hold is a function of all of the following - house edge, speed of play, stake sizing, etc... In baccarat, the hold is actually on the low side of around 10% (vs around 12% for blackjack and 20% for roulette.) However, the Drop of baccarat is very large. In Nevada in 2009, the number of baccarat table is only 1/15 of that for blackjack, but generated 70% as much Drop in the 12-month period. In the same period, craps has twice as many tables as baccarat but only generated 40% as much Drop as baccarat. So per table profit in very large in baccarat. (Note these are only Nevada numbers.)

3. Characteristics of Baccarat.

- "The players are highly superstitious"

- For the Asian markets

- Baccarat players are generally more upscale. (I don't quite understand this point, perhaps he meant the larger average bet amount?!)

None of the above concepts are really new, but it's still interesting to see concrete numbers and research from people in the industry. So yes baccarat is more fair than other casino games, but on average players are betting sufficiently large amount in this negative edge game such that they loss just like any other suckers.