Pragmatic Play aren’t new to online gambling. They have been supplying a range of RNG games for some time now, counting 888, William Hill, GVC Holdings and Flutter (Paddy Power & Betfair) among quite a long list of big name clients.
Their RNG games have won them a number of EGR B2B awards. Their license credentials are solid.
Pragmatic Play’s foray into live casino gaming began in 2018 when they purchased Extreme Live Gaming from Novomatic. The existing Extreme Live Gaming studio based in London was closed shortly after.
Presumably leveraging some of the technology from that purchase, Pragmatic began live streaming action from a newly built dealer studio located in Bucharest Romania in the first half of 2019. The studio has a capacity for over 40 tables. This is considerably more than their current table/game range, so it is safe to assume that many more tables and games are on the way.
Presently (as at March 2020) they offered a handful of 7 seat blackjack tables and European Roulette (regular, speed and local language tables, as presented below). Game range is limited. But what they do have, is presented very well.
Actually, first impressions playing these games is that look and play similarly to those of Evolution Gaming. User interface commands, multiple camera angle capture, studio backdrop and the tables themselves have a familiarity about them. The recently introduced baccarat tables in particular have unashamedly taken all design cues from Evolution.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the house rules applied on Pragmatic Play’s blackjack tables mirrors those on Evolutions. Theoretical return is an identical 99.28%.
An advantage of late entry to a niche, is that you know the winning formula and are able to copy rather than create with less certainty as to what the punters want.
Having said that, copies can be close and appear genuine. They can also be way off the mark and inferior.
Pragmatic’s games, although still limited number, are closer to the former.
Studio: Bucharest, Romania.
Regulator license: Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission
Number of tables: 0-10 | 11-20 | 20-50 | 50-100 | 100-250 | 250-500 | 500+