Pragmatic play is one of the newer software developers in the online gaming market. As with most of the newer software developers they are primarily focused on the online slots market and do not offer enough non-slots games to deliver a complete casino platform by themselves. That said they do offer a small range of table and video poker games. Pragmatic Play has already been integrated by an impressive number of well-known casino operators.
Pragmatic Play has a strong focus on slot games and only provides a partial suite of casino games that is missing most major table games. Their games catalogue currently includes over 80 slots games, Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette alongside a single Video Poker game.
Their video poker game – Jacks or Better – does offer an auto-hold function. This function is actively incorrect in terms of optional strategy on a very large number of hands. Following this game`s advice would pit the player at a far larger disadvantage than optimal play and likely larger than most people playing by gut instinct. We would strongly discourage players from using these features.
In terms of slot games, Pragmatic Play offers games that are generally graphically appealing though not quite as high quality as the top end of the market, have a clear gaming interface but do not offer any auto-play. There is a ‘turbo-play’ setting when using the spacebar to spin the reels. The House Edge/ RTP of the Pragmatic Play slots games is listed within the pay-table. Their games appear to average a House Edge of around 4% (96% RTP) but do range from under 3% House Edge (97% RTP) to around 5% House Edge (95% RTP). These ranges are around average for the industry. The bonus features offered in Pragmatic Play games are fairly generic, generally rotating click and pick, free spins and small jackpot features.
Pragmatic Play don't offer a product that would do well in the modern market as a primary provider, they lack the range of non-slots games to outfit an entire casino platform, but they do make a reasonable addition to game catalogue when a more significant main platform is already in place. Their slots games could certainly use a little more creativity when it comes to bonus features, but other than they are okay.
PRAGMATIC PLAY LIVE CASINO GAME FEATURES
While Live Baccarat Super Six, Live Auto Roulette and Live Baccarat are already on the roadmap, currently, there Live Casino Roulette and Live Speed Roulette. And before we get into the features, we must mention that the live dealers in Pragmatic.
Play`s Live Casino games are among the friendliest ones you will ever meet. They form a rapport with you the minute you join, and it all feels very natural, very real-life-like, as you were playing with a friend.
Now, as far as features go, you will notice from the very beginning the fully developed lobby. With pictures of the above-mentioned dealers, plus the results history for each table. Then, as you choose a game to play, say Blackjack, you will see that the enhanced Deal Now and Pre-Decision capabilities are quite handy and really speed up the duration of the game. The Blackjack Side Bet Enhancements are cool too. The best part related to the blackjack game is that there is a Mobile Blackjack version that allows you to play your favorite Live Blackjack game on the go.
As for Roulette, you will see that there are many variations available. The Auto Spin Facility is a great addition to the classic European Roulette game that uses the TCS John Huxley Wheel. You will also see the Race Track to place neighbor and section bets. You can save favorites and special bets, too. But what really stands out in Pragmatic Play`s Roulette is the comprehensive set of statistics. The stats track previous results and can display up to 500 spins. The best is that the statistics change in real-time, as you play and adjust the results total.
PRAGMATIC PLAY LIVE CASINO PLAYER PICKS
Even though Evolution Gaming has been leading the way in Live Casino during the past 10 years, with so many games on offer, so many possibilities and innovative in-game features that overshadow any other developer`s products, we strongly believe that Pragmatic Play is on a good way to do something similar.
The developer is still new to the Live Casino market, but it has figured out the market, what the operators and players need, and does everything in its power to deliver it to them. If you were keeping track of its advancements as we are, you will see that wherever there is a lack of something, reported by either operators or players, Pragmatic Play timely adds it. That's why it should come as no surprise that online casinos are queuing to add its games in their offerings.
But as a live casino games player, why should you choose to play Pragmatic Play`s live Casino games over others? Because what developer has delivered in such a short time is very impressive, and stands like a promise that it will only improve in the future. The rollout of its Live Casino solution has just begun. Knowing its super-fast growth as a slot’s provider, managing to get on the top of the list of leading software developers, it should not surprise you to see its Live Casino portfolio rank amongst the top five on the market, too.
Pragmatic Play Bonuses and Promotions
Pragmatic Play casinos are a relatively new player in the industry, and once players have signed up with them they get their welcome bonuses, but there are also other bonuses such as cashback- and refer a friend bonuses, not to mention some great promotions, especially for loyal players. Look out for promotions where you can earn extra points and stand a chance to win a car or to get a free meal. Sometimes they will allow you free play for a certain amount on special days such as Mother’s Day or your birthday.
Pragmatic Play offers lots of bonuses and free spins. In fact, when you do research at the different casinos, apart from your 100% bonus, you’ll stand a chance to get a bonus on your 2nd and 3rd deposit as well. There are many slot games from the developer where the payouts are quite big. Look at the 7 Monkeys slot for instance, where you can win up to 150 free spins. Other games where you don’t win as much, allow you to love the sheer immersive entertainment.
The Starburst game can be found at Net Entertainment casinos. Net Entertainment do make the house edge information of their slots games available and this can be found in the help files of the game (usually accessed by pressing the ‘?’ button at the bottom left of the game window). Net Entertainment games appear to only have one setting. There is only one bonus feature when playing Starburst and it is activating anytime the Star wild symbol lands on reel 2,3 or 4. When this happens the Star symbol will expand to cover the entire reel and all other reels will be respin. If you receive a further Star Wild symbol from the respin this process repeats. Up to 3 reels can be turned into Wild symbols and a maximum of 3 re-spins can be triggered.
There is something about Starburst that is not well encapsulated by the standard features we would generally use to review a slots game. The game has gained a phenomenal foothold in the slots market and is near universally the consistently most popular slots game at any casino offering NetEnt games. Aesthetically the game is gorgeous. But the bonus features aren't really remarkable in any way, shape or form and the House Edge would be towards the top end of the spectrum we commonly see used in recent slots releases. One factor that does seem to stand out is a soundtrack that is very well balanced against the theme and visuals of the game becoming almost hypnotic. Beyond that there is little to say other than that the gaming public have spoken very clearly and whatever the x-factor is that makes a game great, NetEnt very clearly captured it with Starburst.
AMAZING LIVE CASINO STUDIOS
But what really attracts both operators and players is its amazingly looking studio. Decorated in gold and green, with sophisticated tables and VIP areas, it feels just right. The 4K cameras stream from 4 different angles. The streaming quality, the camera focus shift during the gameplay and the sounds are all offered to perfection. They are all there to really boost the player`s experience.
Though the studio looks incredibly good, operators can benefit from pragmatic Play`s Branded Environments and Dedicated Studio solutions. The developer has developed the latest method to deliver a fully omni-channel offering to operators. Giving them the chance to differentiate on the market., by branding and customizing their assets, from dealing style to uniforms to language. Pragmatic Play tailors the product down to any requirement, bet it one or more dedicated tables or a fully dedicated Branded Environment set-up.
DEAD OR ALIVE
TheDead or Alive game can be found at Net Entertainment casinos. NetEnt do make the house edge information of their slots games available and this can be found in the help files of the game. Dead or Alive is set around the gunslingers and outlaws of the old west. This game is a 5-reel game, with 9 pay-lines and can bet up to 4 coins on each pay-line.
Dead or Alive only has one bonus feature. If three or more of the ‘Six Shooter’ scatter symbol turns up on any reels it activates the free spins bonus feature. During the free spins all wild symbols become sticky. That means that when a wild symbol turns up anywhere on the reels it will be held in that position for all remaining free spins.
Dead of Alive is a bit of a mystery to us. Visually it is attractive enough but it doesn`t number amongst NetEnt`s most impressive releases. The House Edge is certainly on the attractive end of the spectrum- despite being fairly old (in slot game terms) by this point it is still competing in this respect with the best games being released today. But the bonus features are simply unremarkable. Free spins with sticky Wild symbols are hardly unusual. Despite this lack of features though this game has a level of enduring popularity that defies our expectations. This has become a long- term success story for NetEnt that shows that even if we don't fully understand it, this game has mass appeal.