Live Dealer Baccarat has blown up in popularity in online casinos. High definition streaming has enabled users to play a fully immersive game of baccarat remotely. The game is the same as in a traditional land based casino. As a player, you will bet on either the banker, the player or a tie.
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What is Baccarat Squeeze?
The game is played with 8 decks and the game plays the same as the original version, except for the “squeeze”. This is a slow reveal of a small part of the face down card to give a glimpse of the suit and potential number. The squeeze is so slight it is not possible to identify for sure the card, but it gives you a hint at the possible outcome. This process adds a certain amount of dramatic tension to the game. Squeezing the card can make the round far more enjoyable and exciting than a regular round of baccarat.
The physical squeeze itself is done very carefully and professionally. In live baccarat squeeze, the dealer places their thumb over the card number in the two top corners. They then bend the card, raising the edge in a 90 degree angle. The dealer then rotates the card and repeats the process so the long edge of the card is revealed.
Each squeeze has a term to help indicate what the card value is.
Squeezing Paint: The edge of a picture means the card is a Jack, Queen or King and its point value is zero.
Squeeze an ace: If you can’t see anything at all you know you’ve hit an ace.
If you have a pip in the centre of the top of the card it’s called a point. If you have a point, you have a 2 or a 3.
For a pair of points, the term is referred to as “having legs”. This means you have 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10. If you have legs, the side squeeze will reveal key information.
2 sides = 4 and 5
3 sides = 6, 7 and 8
4 sides = 9,10
Baccarat Control Squeeze
This version of baccarat squeeze allows the player to reveal their own cards. To see for yourself simply click “peel to reveal”.
The odds are the same as in baccarat squeeze. Online casino players can also bet on side bets; ‘Banker Pair’ and ‘Player Pair’
To squeeze or not to squeeze
So which version should you play? The reality is there is no difference to the outcome of the game. It is more about the game play experience itself. The slow reveal of the cards builds tension in the game. The squeeze is really a ritual, and one soaked in superstition.
If playing in a land based casino, the art of squeezing really demonstrates the player’s skill and technique in understanding the game and the implications of each card value.
If you haven’t tried Baccarat Squeeze and you’d like to I recommend it to those seasoned baccarat players looking to spice up the game.