15th January 2016 – Following the successful launch of Baccarat Squeeze at the Macau Casino at William Hill, Evolution Gaming have completed the build and rollout of a range of new Evolution Baccarat tables for general use.
The new tables and playing interface come with a number of enhancements over the old setup.
However I’ve noticed a few teething problems with the new setup.
On almost every occasion I’ve been on the new tables (and that’s both the new general play tables and the ones at Macau William Hill) the dealers have experienced scanning problems.
I don’t know whether it’s to do with the cards, but the ones that are “squeezed” are rather bent up, which also appears to cause problems when the dealers put them in the discard hopper.
I’m sure these things will get ironed out over the coming months.
You’ll immediately notice that the tables are not in the general studio area, but in a location that has been created specially to host the games. They have gone for a more chilled out relaxed feeling. Sounds of running water with bubbling water flowing through clear columns frame the gold, copper and red themed environment.
The dealers are dressed oriental style, and by the very nature of the HD broadcasts their appearance is immaculate.
Gone are the small green tables, replaced by larger bean shaped tables, much more akin to what you’d find in a land based casino.
There is a lot less clutter on the table, the waste cards are now disposed of in a hopper and there is a mouse pad rather than a mouse used to interface with the computer system for the table.
New user interface is in HD and uses the same multi camera HD technology we see with Immersive Roulette. The interface itself has a couple of new features
In the bottom left of the screen there is an interactive panel which will change when clicked on.
Clicking on the P or B will show the next markings on the Roads (which are dislped on teh opposite side of the screen), so if you bet by patterns this can help you to decide where to place you bet.
The right hand side of this panel will cycle round the display of past results in various formats. In the example you can see the the winner with the winning value.
The squeeze is not available on all the new baccarat tables. It’s obvious which table it is from the name in the lobby.
On the squeeze table all initial cards are dealt face down. The dealer then marks the hand with the greatest total wager. The hand with the lower wager is revealed immediately.
The dealer then reveals the first card of the other hand and then does a squeeze reveal of the second card.
If extra cards are required on each hand the dealer will only squeeze the hand with the higher wager.
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?