Playtech, one of the veterans of the industry, for a while hasn’t been very much invested in improving its live casino offering.
When the existing games started to feel a bit stale, the provider turned up the volume and started releasing terrific new live dealer titles, from the Quantum series to exotic games such as Settee Mezzo. This is the first time that the online casino audience has the chance to experience a game like Sette e Mezzo, one of Italy’s most popular card games.
Sette e Mezzo translates to Seven and a Half; some would also call the game Italian Blackjack.
It is a unique card-comparing game that originates from Italy. It has similarities with blackjack, but also with baccarat. It can be described as a blend of the two and you do need to know a bit of Italian to fully enjoy the game and all its flavours.
Playtech’s Live Sette e Mezzo is played with one deck of cards, but not a standard one. It uses Neapolitan cards, a deck of 40 cards with 4 suits - Clubs, Swords, Coins and Cups. Each of the suits has Aces, cards from 2 to 7, and picture cards called Jack, Cavalier and King. Ace is valued as 1, cards from 2 to 7 retain their face values, whereas Jacks, Cavaliers and Kings are valued a half each 1/2). The only exception is the King of Coins which acts as a Wild card.
The aim of the game is to form a hand closest to a total of 7 ½. The deal opens with only 1 card for the player and 1 card for the dealer. Further action depends on the first card being King of Coins. If it is the first card you are given in the round, you are dealt a second card immediately. Should the dealer have the King of Coins as the first card in the hand, the player has to keep drawing cards until they reach 7 or more.
If the total goes over seven and a half, the hand busts. Round actions come down to hit or stand and the dealer stands on 5 or more. There are also two side bets available - Partita Perfetta and Mano Di Poker – which are very similar to blackjack optional bets Perfect Pairs and 21+3.
Playtech’s Sette e Mezzo Live is the perfect alternative for players who are fed up with the same game mechanics and traditional games of blackjack and baccarat.
This game format feels fresh and innovative, even though the game it is based on is not new at all and has been present at Italian casinos for decades. With the recent boom of the game show live casino options, Sette e Mezzo comes as a revitalizing experience.