Playtech Software Review

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Playtech was founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs from the casino, software engineering and multi-media industries. The first Playtech online casino was launched in 2001. In 2003 live dealer gaming was introduced and in 2005 mobile gaming was introduced. In 2006 Playtech’s shares started trading in the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. But later that year Playtech had to leave the American market because of the UIGEA. Thereafter Playtech has concentrated on the European and Asian online gaming markets. In the last two years Playtech has formed partnerships to consolidate its position in the online gaming industry. It services over 75 licensees today.

Playtech offers over 370 online casino games covering all games categories. In the slots games category it offers classic slots from one to five paylines. However the more popular range is the video slots. In this category Playtech offers unique eight payline slots. The symbols are arranged in a 3 by 3 matrix and the paylines run horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The progressive jackpot slot Beach Life that has paid over a million dollars in single hits several times is very popular at Playtech online casinos. The latest trend in Playtech slots games is the branded games from Marvel Movies and MGM. The main table games are blackjack and roulette. The other table games include baccarat, craps and Caribbean Stud Poker. Some unique games in this category are Stravaganza and Tequila Poker. Playtech is the only software provider to offer a progressive jackpot in baccarat. Playtech offers the usual video poker variants, some with multi hand play and some with progressive jackpots.

Playtech offers two unique games categories. After exiting the American online gaming market Playtech focussed on the Asian market. As a result it offers a category called Asian Games at its online casinos. Most of these games are variants of Mahjong, but there is a Pachinko game, which a Japanese pinball type game, and Sic Bo, which is a Chinese dice game similar to craps. The Arcade Games category has many games that are mostly the fixed odds type. Popular games in this category are the Hi Lo type of games and the virtual sports games.

The Playtech online casino software is available in both the download and instant play versions. Both can be accessed via the same account. The Random Number Generator of the software is regularly tested for fairness by the independent expert agency Technical Systems Testing. Playtech online casinos have been licensed in several reputed gambling jurisdictions like Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao and Alderney. The actual gaming software is driven by the Playtech Information Management Solution. This provides operators with the tools they need to monitor player activity. Based on this, operators can fine tune marketing, promotions, player retention and customer support. This ultimately benefits the players. Playtech also realizes that players in different parts of the world are different and therefore allow operators to customize and localize their operations for the local markets. This is done through multiple languages, currencies and custom games.

The Playtech software is characterized by stunning 3D graphics, first class audio and an unparalleled user interface. The interface includes in-game chat facilities, VIP bonus plans and access to real time financial transaction history and game history. The software supports multi-window game play and therefore players can wager on several casino games at the same time. Playtech also realizes that players have individual preferences and allow them to tailor their online gaming arena with a variety of customization options. These include a choice of preferred screen mode, configurable game speed and single hand or multi-hand play options. Players can choose from a number of payment options that include credit cards, echecks, electronic wallet and wire transfer.

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