Pragmatic Play is fairly unknown in the world of live dealer gambling, although the company has been present for several years in the online gambling scene. That’s because it mostly developed slots and RNG casino games for online gaming platforms. In May 2019, Pragmatic Play partnered up with its first live casino client and started distributing its new live dealer solution. The company was awarded a Class II licence to operate by the Romanian gambling regulator and it built a completely new studio facility in Bucharest to secure the streaming quality and all the necessary technicalities for the video feed to be smooth and stable.
Live Roulette is one of the first live casino games to see the light of day as a result of Pragmatic Play’s production, alongside live dealer blackjack and baccarat. Until Live Auto Roulette, Live Speed Roulette and Live Baccarat Super Six arrive (they were announced by the developer), the trio makes up for the entire Pragmatic Play live casino package.
Pragmatic Play Live Roulette is the European version, the one more popular with players and more generous in the long run as it only has one zero on the wheel. The European rules allow for a smaller house edge and it is the more preferred version outside of the USA. The designers went for a stylish studio with green and gold highlights, but nothing too flashy. The croupiers are female and male, and they are elegant as well as talkative and friendly. The equipment includes the wheel and the betting table, but for better functionality the game also uses a digital representation of the betting area. The winning number is also shown on screen, even though the camera zooms on the wheel and the ball when it’s about to stop.
Before each spin, the players place their bets. The choice comes down to Straight Up, Split, Corner, Six Line, Column, Dozen, Even Chances (Red/Black, Even/Odd, High/Low). You can also switch to complex bets on the racetrack layout and wager on Voisins du Zero, Tiers du Cylindre and Orphelins. You can make use of neighbour bets as well, and activate special bets – Finale en Plein, Finales a Cheval or Full Complete. The game statistics are shown below the video stream, and feature hot/cold numbers and a series of the last winning numbers. The user can also save multiple favourite bets.
With Live Roulette, as well as with Live Blackjack and Live Baccarat, Pragmatic Play has demonstrated the ability to create high-standard live casino products that will stand side by side with the most acclaimed products in the category. The brand has yet to prove that it can manage a varied portfolio, but they’ve chosen the right path so far. Live Roulette is an excellent product and one of its greatest advantages is frequent switching between cameras, so that the game appears less monotonous.