Playtech Gaming Software Review
Playtech didn't enter the market until the end of the 90s, but it has quickly risen to prominence, and perhaps no other software provider has developed greater reach. Big names like Betfred, Bet365 and Genting have clamoured to its shores, while tie-ins with high-profile companies like Marvel Comics and MGM lend its brand an edge that its competitors can only dream of. Playtech has been quick to extend its embrace, and its latest venture involves installing gaming kiosks in countless hotels and shops. But then, it's never been a stranger to diving into new fields, and it continues to lead the way in Mobile and Live Dealer gaming, for instance.
Above all, though, Playtech's success is down to its impeccably tuned software library, whether you're talking downloadable software or instant play. Microgaming perhaps has the largest selection of roulette games of all, but Playtech isn't far behind. Genting's suite, for example, includes 19 different flavours from this company. Slick and eye-catching versions of the American, European and French versions of the game are supplied for a more traditional experience. Sophisticated players may prefer the Premium Series games, which lets them analyse long-term statistics (complete with bar graphs) or turn on autoplay. Roulette Pro offers a host of different wagers, including Orphelins and Neighbour bets, and gives the player a choice of views.
Those in pursuit of a more thrilling experience might like to try the breathtaking 3D Roulette, with its astonishingly realistic graphics. Alternatively, Multi Wheel Roulette offers play on six wheels simultaneously - this isn't quite as impressive as Microgaming's eight wheel version, but still ratchets up the tension as it reveals the results. Double Attack also plays on the nerves, letting the player make additional bets once they've seen the dealer's second card. And then, of course, there's the mounting tension created by side bets in the scintillating Progressive Blackjack - the jackpot carries on increasing until somebody turns up four suited aces. Other versions give you a string of bonuses to keep you waiting anxiously upon the turn of every card.
Stunning Live Dealer Games
Playtech's Live Dealer games are right at the top, and the extent of the chatting and excellent quality HD video, allied to some very attractive dealers and a wide choice of tables, makes for an absorbing experience. The firm is also very strong on mobile software, allowing the likes of Betfred to produce stunning mobile suites that, if not the equal of their desktop counterparts, are at least properly optimised for satisfying and mind-bending play.
Keeping Players Informed
More than any other company, Playtech likes players of its software to be well informed, and countless statistics and figures are available on various aspects of play. The company also works very hard to maximise payouts, and to ensure that players' concerns about casinos are tackled. No software provider does more to protect the players of its games, although this will be of little help to Americans, left stranded after Playtech abandoned the US market in the wake of UIGEA.
It doesn't perhaps offer quite the variety of twists of Microgaming's suite, but the Playtech software is exemplary in most respects. With huge reach, you can't go far without meeting a top-quality Playtech casino.