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Pragmatic Play Live Casino

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”21234″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Pragmatic Play is a developer of online & Live Casino games.

They were formed in 2015 and have grown quickly. They now have more than 100 HTML5 games, which cover 78 Countries in 26 different languages.

Their focus has traditionally been on Slots and RNG table games.

This changed in 2018 when they purchased online live casino provider, Extreme Live Gaming, to kick start their entry into the Live Casino niche.

However, rather than developing the brand further, Pragmatic chose to shut down the Extreme Live Gaming studio and brand.

Their plan has been to redevelop the games in HTML5 and reuse the sophisticated Marketing and Leaderboard capabilities from the Extreme product.

The aim is to provide a solution that delivers what operators need and develop a niche capability not currently offered by the other live casino providers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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  • 5 Pragmatic Live Casino Games.
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A New Live Casino Experience

I spoke with a representative of Pragmatic Play in Malta in Nov 2018. They were excited about building and delivering a new Live Casino solution that would find a key place in the market.

Since then a new modern studio has been built in Romania. This was granted an operational Class 2 License by the Romanian regulator (ONJN) on April 1st 2019.

The first 2 Live Casino Games, Blackjack & Roulette went live shortly after in May 2019.

Live Baccarat went live in March 2020 closely followed by Mega Sic Bo in July 2020 and Mega Wheel in November 2020.

In addition, a new dedicated studio environment has also been delivered for 1xbet Casino.

Quite frankly just delivering one new game is hard enough, so to deliver all this, at the same time is very impressive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

First Impressions

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]I’ve got to say that my first impressions are good.

Live Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Mega Sic Bo, and Live Mega Wheel are extremely playable, with all the basic player requirements covered.

The “Nice to Haves” that were missing when the games first went live are all in place now, meaning there are 5 fully functional games with all playing options you’d expect to find on any live casino game.

I last spoke to the Head of Live Casino in February 2020 and at that time Live Baccarat was next to be delivered, followed by Sic Bo and maybe an Entertainment type game, which we now know is Live Mega Wheel. Roulette is being enhanced with native language options.

For now, the team behind the Pragmatic Live Casino, (Ex Evolution, Ezugi, Playtech, and Authentic developers) has developed a solid foundation. I fully expect more new games to be developed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Video Review

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Pragmatic Play Live Casino Studio

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As mentioned earlier, a new state of the art studio has been built in Romania.

The live dealer studio has an initial capacity of 43 tables, although there is scope for further expansion. It’s from here the general play and dedicated tables will be streamed.

The studio is decorated in Green and Gold, which gives the air of sophistication.  It’s a colour scheme usually associated with VIP areas, both on & offline. I like it because it’s light and airy.

The roulette table has 4 camera angles, which is about right, for both players and the dealers. Any more has your head spinning. maybe that’s one of the reason why I enjoy using the Classic View more when playing!

During the spin the camera focuses on the wheel so you can track the ball and watch it skip and spin before landing.

The streaming quality is very good, with 4k cameras being used throughout the facility.

Sound at the tables is very good. The dealers can be heard clearly and although you can hear activity in the background it’s not distracting.

The viewing distance is also good, you don’t feel too far away from the action and when playing at the tables you can see the cards nice and clearly.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][casino_software_table file=”pragmatic”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Pragmatic Play Live Casino Games

Let’s examine the games in a bit more detail. There’s currently Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Mega Sic Bo, and Live Mega Wheel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Pragmatic Play Live Blackjack

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Seven Seat Blackjack

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ONE Blackjack

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”28479″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pragmatic has two versions of Blackjack:

  • Traditional seven-seat Blackjack
  • Scalable, single-hand, unlimited player Blackjack, known as ONE Blackjack.

Both versions of the live dealer Blackjack are played with 8 decks of cards that are dealt from a manual dealing shoe. The cards are re-shuffled manually once half of the shoe has been used.

The game is played to Vegas Rules, where the Players and Dealer all get two cards initially.

If the dealer is showing an Ace, players are offered insurance before the dealer peeks to see if there is a Blackjack. If there is, the game round ends.

Players can Double on any two cards.

Pairs, including mixed 10’s can be Split, however, Aces only get one additional card and there are no doubles.

Multi-Seat play is allowed up to a maximum of 3 seats on Seven Seat Blackjack.

Side bets of 21+3 and Perfect Pairs can be played alongside each hand. While Bet Behind is available for when all seats are taken. On One Blackjack there are two additional side bets, Crazy 7 and Bust Bonus.

Pre-Decision is available to all players to help speed up the game.

One Blackjack also has the Six Card Charlie rule, which rewards players with a win if their hand contains six cards and is 21 or under in value. Even if the dealer has a blackjack![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Pragmatic Play Live Roulette

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”21238″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”21237″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The game is European Roulette and is played using a TCS John Huxley Wheel.

A Race Track can be used to place bets on neighbours (up to 9) and sections of the wheel.

Bets can be saved as favourites and there’s a selection of special bets available.

A comprehensive set of statistics tracks the previous results and you can display up to the last 500 spins.

The stats change in real-time as you adjust the results total. Bets can be placed anywhere a statistic is displayed.

Spin to Spin betting time is about 43 seconds, while betting time lasts for 21 seconds.

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Mega Roulette

Live Mega Roulette is the latest variant of roulette from Pragmatic Play. It follows the same entertainment theme as Mega Sic Bo and Mega Wheel, with multipliers and a more enthusiastic presentation of the game.

Mega Roulette offers to boost up to five straight-up numbers each game round, to a payout value between 50 times and 500 times your bet.

Normal straight-up payouts have been reduced to accommodate for these increased payouts. All other bets and payouts remain the same.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”28303″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Pragmatic Play Live Baccarat

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24858″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24857″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Pragmatic Live Baccarat comes in 3 formats:

  • Normal Live Baccarat.
  • Speed Baccarat.
  • No Commission Baccarat.

Each are played with an 8 Deck shoe and have a complete set of Side Bets, which include, Banker/Player Pairs, Perfect Pair, Big/Small Hand and Either Pair. A Super 6 Side Bet is active when No Commission Baccarat is being played.

The Big/Small Hand Side bets are switched off once the dealer has dealt 31 hands from the shoe which are activated again once a new shoe is started.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”27039″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://youtu.be/UVqWjMiF97g”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A comprehensive set of Baccarat Road Maps can be viewed and a unique feature called Ask Banker/Player, which shows the impact on the road maps if the next hand is a Banker or Player win.

Speed Baccarat is dealt face up and has a betting time of about 10 seconds, with a full game lasting approx 27 Seconds.

The No Commission option can be activated on any of the tables by selecting the Super 6 facility on the right hand of the screen. It’s possible to switch between the two modes after a hand has been dealt.

Notable differences between No Commission Baccarat and Normal Baccacat are:

  • Banker wins pay 1:1 rather than 0.95:1.
  • A winning hand with a total of 6 only pays 0.5:1.
  • Super 6 Side Bet pays 15:1 if there is a winning hand of 6.

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Pragmatic Play Live Mega Sic Bo

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”25814″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”25816″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Pragmatic Live Mega Sic Bo is based on the traditional Asian dice game of Sic Bo.

Mega Sic Bo has been enhanced to include “Win Multipliers”, which are randomly distributed across the betting grid after betting has closed.

These can increase the payouts by up to 1000x.

Betting time lasts for 15 seconds, during which the payer places bet on what he thinks the result will be of 3 shaken dice. The bets can be Totals or combinations of numbers on 1,2 or all 3 dice.

For the more reserved player, there’s the option of two even money bets, Odd/Even or Big/Small. Unfortunately, neither of these qualify for the multipliers.

Take a look at my video to see me explain how to play and use a betting strategy to make the most of your bankroll.

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Pragmatic Play Live Mega Wheel

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”26703″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”26707″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Pragmatic Live Mega Wheel is the first entertainment produced by the live casino developer.

It takes its origins from the standard wheel of fortune type game but has been enhanced with the addition of a multiplier that’s allocated to one of the wheel segment numbers every spin.

A new segment and multiplier are chosen before each spin of the wheel and this can pay up to a maximum of 500x!

This game is different from the existing wheel games from Evolution and Playtech. The multiplier is chosen before the wheel is spun, rather than being part of the winning process during the spin.

There are some upsides to this, in that you know what the multiplier will be. The downside is the big multipliers are reserved for only the high value numbers, so there is less chance of getting a decent win on the lower numbers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”27040″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://youtu.be/WPUF1L-dP3A”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Lobby

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The games lobby is comprehensive, with selectable views for each game type as well as All Games.

Each of the tables has an Active picture of the current dealer.

Each game displays certain info on the screen image. For Roulette it’s the last 11 numbers, for Baccarat the Roadmaps and for Blackjack either the free seats available or if the Table is full the option to Bet Behind.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24859″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Connection Speeds

There’s a setting in the playing UI to set the video quality of the stream. I had mine set to Auto, then when the connection struggled it switched me automatically to the Classic playing view.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Licensed Environments

Pragmatic Play is licensed by 13 Certified Jurisdictions, with Sweden being the latest to be certified.

European players are covered by licenses from Malta, Gibraltar, UK Gambling Commission, Italy and now Sweden.

Live Dealer players from the rest of the world are covered by the Curacao License.

It’s important that players only use casinos that are licensed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Summary

Pragmatic Play has produced four very playable games with the launch of its live casino solution. They all rival the competitor solutions and in certain instances surpass some of the functionality.

Pragmatic has a healthy product road map that they are currently working their way through. Since the beginning of 2020 they have delivered:

  • A fully developed lobby, with current dealer pictures and results history of the tables.
  • Enhanced Pre-Decision and Deal Now capability for Blackjack.
  • Mobile Blackjack.
  • Blackjack Side Bet Enhancements.
  • A number of variations of Roulette.
  • Something we’ve not seen before with Roulette Statistics.
  • Auto Spin Facility on Roulette.
  • Baccarat with Side bets and playing variations.
  • Mega Sic Bo with Win Multipliers.
  • Live Mega Wheel with 500x multipliers.
  • Live Mega Roulette, also with 500x multipliers.

The dealers are some of the friendliness I’ve come across. They all want to engage with you and appear very natural, which is what I look for when I sit at a table.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Best Live Casinos with Pragmatic Play Software

The rollout of the Pragmatic Live Casino solution has begun, with a host of online casinos queuing up to add their games.

1XBet Casino is the first Casino to have its own dedicated tables at the Pragmatic Studio. They also offer the 3 general play tables.

Interwetten announced a partnership, while Leo Vegas, MrGreen and PlayOjo have the full suite of games.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]