BETER is a Ukrainian sports, esports and live casino gaming company formed in 2018.
It had seen sustained growth, initially offering its sports and eSports products to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) until Jan 2021, when it opened up to the rest of the world.
In 2022 BETER Live was formed to provide customers with a high-quality live dealer solution. In this review, I’ll take a close look at the live casino games and setup of BETER Live.
A lot of work has gone into developing the live casino product. Active clients are using a mix of general play tables and branded tables.
The live casino studio has two themes. The area used for Blackjack and Roulette is dark brown with accents of gold, providing a traditional yet sophisticated-looking environment. In contrast, the Asian-focused games of Baccarat and Sic Bo benefit from an Asian-themed studio, complete with a Dragon snaking its way across the background. The tables here are close together, providing a community feel.
Roulette and Sic Bo have multi-camera angles, while Baccarat and Blackjack have one camera facing the dealer. The High Definition stream auto-adjusts the quality to suit your connection speeds. Syncing of sound with the images is generally very good.
Overall the quality of the games is good – they all do and play as you would expect. I have noticed one of two areas that could do with a tweak that would take the game’s presentation from good to excellent. No doubt, by the time this review is published, the good people at BETER Live will already be working on the changes.
I visit each game in this video review of BETER Live, explaining some of the playing options and how the games are presented.
There are two versions of BETER Live Blackjack – 7 Seat Blackjack and Speed Blackjack.
Both games use the same set of playing rules:
The blackjack table layout is clean. Animation is used on the tables to show open seats, and your bets pulsate when it’s your turn to act. Most of the interactive parts on the table blink/pulsate in various colours. I’m not sure this adds to the game – but it’s certainly different from what other providers do.
Speed Blackjack is a faster version of the general game. After players have received their first two cards, the dealers deal the next card to players that act the quickest, using the pre-decision facility to keep the game flowing.
BETER Live produces three versions of live Roulette. All use the European Single Zero wheel.
Standard Roulette uses a single zero wheel with an RTP of 97.30%.
Betting uses a standard betting grid or a racetrack. It’s also possible to place bets using the previous results banner.
Past results statistics are viewable, but there is no option to bet using the statistics.
Special bets are available, as is the option to save previous bets as favourites.
On desktop, the racetrack is depicted as a wheel, whereas on mobile, you get the traditional sausage shape.
The betting time for each game is 20 seconds.
French Roulette uses the same wheel and presenter as standard Roulette but with a traditional French layout on the betting grids.
French Roulette comes with the La Partage rule, which gives back half your even money stake if the result is zero, which is significant as it increases the RTP to 98.65%
Auto Roulette uses an actual roulette wheel controlled by compressed air and motors. The game plays like the live dealer version, without the dealer.
Auto Roulette is only available as standard European Roulette.
Betting time is marginally quicker at 15 Seconds.
BETER Live uses Roulette wheels made by a UK company, Cammagh, a leading manufacturer of roulette wheels for land-based and online live casinos.
Baccarat uses the traditional Baccarat rules, where the hand highest to equalling nine is the winner.
A commission of 0.5% is taken on Banker wins.
When the result ends in a Tie, bets on both hands get returned as a Push.
The betting time is 15 seconds.
The dealing shoe contains eight decks of 52 playing cards. The shoe is exchanged for a full one when usage reaches 50%.
At the beginning of each new shoe, several cards are discarded or “burned” how many is determined by the value of the top card on the deck.
You can play six optional side bets – Player/Banker Bonus, Player/Banker pair, Perfect Pair, Either Pair.
Betting statistics show the number of players and the value of bets placed on the Banker and Player positions.
A good selection of Roadmaps are available – Bead and Big Roads, with the derived roads of Big Eye, Small, Cockroach Pig. When selecting the Banker or Player betting positions, you can use a predictor board to test the impact of different betting scenarios on the roads.
The Baccarat tables stream from the Asian-themed studio.
Sic Bo is a traditional Asian dice game where you bet on the outcome of three shaken dice
There are 20 seconds of betting time.
The dealer sits at a small table with the dice shaker in the middle. Unlike other games, the dealer holds a microphone and speaks directly into it, providing commentary on the game.
The dealer plays no active role in the game; they are there to comment on it and read the results. A timer controls the actions in the game. After betting time has closed, the dice shaker activates, which shakes for a few seconds before coming to rest. The top face of the three dice determines the result.
The lobby displays all the available tables and games, with active updating of results information and available seats. You can join a table by clicking on one of the empty seat icons.
Images for the tables are not actively updated, so they don’t reflect the dealer presenting on the game. The name is, though, so if you have a favourite dealer, you should be able to see if they are working by glancing through the lobby.
You can play live casino games on all device types. In my experience, mobile produced the best results, especially when playing in portrait mode. The landscape was OK and on par with the desktop.
The only downside with mobile is that you can’t have multiple panels displayed on the screen simultaneously.
If, for example, you want to view statistics, they would take up the whole screen. On the desktop, you can see the statistics and the table in the same view.
The only way to review a product is to use it, so I’ve spent a lot of time playing on the BETER Live tables. I can experience how the games play and the general atmosphere in the studio.
I found the dealers to be excellent. They are well trained and skilled in dealing proficiently.
The games play well, although some non-functional UX issues need addressing to nail the playing experience.
In terms of the quality, I found the streaming to be excellent. My main concern was the level of noise between tables and the lack of eye contact with the dealers, which are relatively easy to fix.