Grand Monkey is a side bet offered on Monkey Baccarat, a commission-free form of the game, that pushes a winning 3-card Banker 7. The rules are below.
As of this writing, in November 2019, I am aware of a placement at the Commerce Casino in the Los Angeles area.
As usual when writing about baccarat, I capitalize the names of the Player and Banker bets and use lower case to refer to those playing the game, to avoid confusion.
A "Monkey" in baccarat is a term for any face card. A 10 is not considered a Monkey for purposes of the Monkey 6 side bet.
- The Grand Monkey can be found on games titled Monkey Baccarat.
- Eight decks are used.
- Monkey Baccarat follows standard baccarat drawing rules, which I assume the reader is familiar with.
- Banker wins in Monkey Baccarat pay even money, except a 3-card winning Banker total of 7 is a push.
- The Grand Monkey wins if the Player and Banker hands both consist of three face cards.
- Wins pay 6000 to 1.
The following table shows my analysis of the Grand Monkey side bet. The lower right cell shows that when wins pay 150 to 1 the house edge is 19.86%.
Grand Monkey Return Table
The following table shows the house edge for every pay from 4000 to 6000 to 1, by thousands.
Grand Monkey House Edge
|Win Pays||House Edge|
Effect of Removal
It doesn't take a genius to see this bet would be countable. The effect of removing a non-ten from a fresh eight-deck show is a decrease in house edge of 1.17%. The effect of removing a face card is an increase of 3.91%. I'll leave the rest as an exercise to the reader.
Written by: Michael Shackleford