Streamed from a Macau-style casino studio in Riga, Latvia, Baccarat Control Squeeze is a stunningly looking and quite entertaining live dealer version of baccarat that was created by Evolution Gaming. The game is based on the standard rules of baccarat but there is a fun twist – players are allowed to control the “squeezing” of the cards through sophisticated technology.
Just like all tables from Evolution Gaming’s lobby, Baccarat Control Squeeze features a beautifully designed setting and is hosted by elegant, professionally trained dealers. Of course, players here have the option to switch between classic and multi-camera view and to change the quality of the video – high-definition, medium, or low.
Rules and Gameplay
The game follows the standard rules of classic baccarat and in this sense, it is not different from most versions offered by Evolution Gaming. To win, players need to predict which hand – the Player or the Banker, will have a higher value, or whether they will be tied. The Player and the Banker bets pay evenly (with a 5% commission on the winnings from the Banker bet), while a winning Tie bet brings a payout of 8:1.
In addition to the main bets, the game offers a couple of side bets, which are optional and can be placed together with the Player, Banker, or Tie wagers. These are the Player Pair and the Banker Pair and they win if the first two cards in any of these two hands are of the same value. Those who win any of the Pair side bets will receive a payout of 11:1.
Evolution Gaming’s Baccarat Control Squeeze is a classic version of baccarat – at least in terms of rules, bet types, and payouts. What sets it apart from the rest of the games, however, is the Squeeze feature, which is typically popular among Asian gamblers. Here, players receive face-down cards and can control the squeezing because the cards are dealt onto special glass panels with multiple cameras beneath them.
Once the initial four cards are on the table, players are presented with a virtual overlay of the panels and with the option to “peel” the masked cards to reveal their value. The third card, if necessary, is dealt once the peeling is over. This feature does not influence the outcome of the game in any way but it is very exciting for some baccarat fans.
Overall, Baccarat Control Squeeze is a wonderful live version of baccarat and its Control Squeeze feature would probably appeal to a lot of fans of this classic casino game.