Baccarat is undoubtedly the most popular and longstanding table game in Asia – and it's easy to see why. It's frenetic, fun, and easy to get into. As such, it'll please veteran gamers and newcomers alike. Evolution's version of the game comes live from a gorgeous set, which replicates the sort of glitzy décor you'd find in Macau.
This version of the game incorporates the much-loved ‘squeeze,' which is captured by more than fifteen cameras in extreme close-up. It's a fantastic way to wring every last drop of tension out of every single hand, and it's proven extremely popular in China and beyond.
Evolution's expert dealers perform the squeeze with practiced efficiency. They'll reveal just enough of each card to provide a clue, but not so much that you won't keep guessing. It's a fine art that they've nailed!
Traditional baccarat is a fast-paced game. Every deal will be broadcast to you via a live video stream, and the dealer will place your chips on the board according to your instructions. In this game, there's just one round of betting – once it's done, all that's left to do is watch and wait for the cards to fall! As such, it's a simple game that'll appeal to newcomers, despite its complicated appearance.
Players bet on whether the ‘player' or ‘banker' will receive the highest total. Numbered cards are worth their face value; aces are worth one. Picture cards are worth zero, because in baccarat there's no such thing as a number higher than ten – all but the rightmost digit of your total is disregarded. It's impossible to go ‘bust' in baccarat, as you might in, say, Blackjack. After betting, the dealer gives two cards to both the banker and the player. Further cards may then be drawn depending on the total.
Once the squeeze is incorporated, things begin to slow. The croupier will lay the cards out face down, reveal their own cards, and then carefully lift various sides of the player's cards to reveal the symbols closest to the edge. The dealer will take care to conceal the card's number beneath a thumb, and thus players are left constantly guessing what the card is.
As well as the standard Baccarat bets, players will be able to select from a range of special bets, including perfect pairs, which reward players when their opening cards form specific matching combinations. If the cards are the same colour, number, or both, the bet will pay out. Players can also bet on a ‘natural' 8 or 9 coming out on either side, or on either player or banker winning by four points or more.
Squeeze Baccarat pays out in precisely the same way as the standard version of the game. Player wins pay out at 1:1, while banker victories pay out at 1:0.95. If you've bet on a tie, you'll get an 8:1 pay-out. Where non-natural hands win by large margins, there's a potential for considerable pay-outs, of up to 30:1 for a nine-point victory. The interface makes placing the bets and receiving pay-outs simple to understand – so you'll be betting like a pro in no time!
Baccarat is an enormously accessible card game – and with the help of Evolution's version, it's even more so. The ‘squeeze' version makes the game a real spectacle, and it'll slow the pace down enough for new players to get acclimatised.
Like all of Evolution's offerings, you'll be able to play the game via your mobile device or tablet, as well as on your desktop computer. As such, you'll have access to a round of tantalising squeeze baccarat, wherever you might be.