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Net Entertainment Live Casino Software

NetEnt Live Casino is no longer operational. Evolution completed the purchase of NetEnt in June 2020 and then closed NetEnt’s live casino operations shortly after.

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The NetEnt Live Casino was first launched in beta form in early 2013 and comes with just two games Live Blackjack and Live Roulette.

Both can be played on Mobile and Desktop.

Net Entertainment was founded in 1996 by a leading Scandinavian land-based casino company.

They are well known as a developer of online slots more than anything else, although they develop a range of gaming solutions that include table games, video poker, lottery, virtual horse racing, and keno.

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The NetEnt Live Casino studio is located in Malta, also home to several other Live Casino developers.

The studio has been built with the latest technologies, which allows NetEnt to provide a slightly different solution to its competitors.

Their main USP is the adoption of Green Screen/Chroma Key technologies, which allows them to present tables with different backgrounds and environments without expensive building costs.

This has become NetEnt’s USP, distinguishing them from other studios where you see many physical tables in large dealing rooms.

Other characteristics of the NetEnt Live Casino solution include:

  • High-definition video streaming with low latency reduces the lagging you sometimes get when playing.
  • Tables that are open 24/7.
  • Casinos can brand the tables using the latest Chroma Key Technology.
  • Use the latest gaming equipment to ensure fast game rounds, e.g., shuffling machines.
  • Support for 27 currencies and 24 languages.
  • Native English, Italian, Dutch, German, Italian, and Norwegian-speaking dealers.
  • Automatic and dealer-hosted tables.
  • Easy integration with the other Net Entertainment products & Back Office solutions.
  • Dedicated 7 Seat Blackjack tables.
  • Perfect Pairs and 21+3 Side Bets on Blackjack.
  • The ability to play on Desktop and Mobile Devices.
  • Branded game environments, where tables are co-branded with slots or sporting events, offer players additional experiences while playing at the tables.
  • Ability to offer cross-game promotions, like free spins on slots.
  • Access to the unique Network Branded Casino environments for those casinos wanting to offer a fully branded experience for less cost.

The Games

NetEnt currently offers three live games: Blackjack, Baccarat, and Roulette. They all come in various variations.

Each of the games come with the following playing rules.

  • 8 Decks are used and are changed when the shoes is about 50% through.
  • The dealer only takes one card, this is European Rules.
  • Insurance is offered on a Dealer Ace.
  • You can double on any hand value and also on Splits.
  • Only one additional card is dealt to split Aces.
  • You can take even money on a Blackjack if the dealer is showing an Ace.

Live Blackjack

Blackjack comes in three formats:

  • Blitz Blackjack – Only one hand is dealt that an unlimited number of players can bet on. Other player’s decisions have no impact on your hand. A manual dealing shoe is used with 8 decks. 21+3 and Perfect Pairs Side Bets.
  • 7 seat Blackjack -This is a more traditional version of Blackjack where only 7 seats are available. You play your own hand. Manual dealing shoes are used on the tables. Side bets are available. Play to Euro Rules only.
  • Perfect Blackjack – This is a game that is controlled entirely by the dealer. Players place a bet, then the dealer plays each hand out to perfect basic strategy. There are options to Auto Split and Auto Double. Side Bets of Perfect Pairs and 21+3 are optional.

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Live Baccarat

Live Baccarat is brought to us on two table types.

  1. A chromakey table, where the background can be customised by the casino with different imagery and branding.
  2. Two tables in the physical studio offering a more traditional experience.

All of the games are the same.

  • It’s Speed Bacacart, where the cards are dealt face up for speed.
  • 8 decks of 52 playing cards are used in the dealing shoe.
  • Cards are “burned” at the start of each new shoe.
  • Side Bets of Pairs, Big/Small, and Banker/ Player Bonus are optional.
  • Commission is taken on Banker wins, which pay 0.95:1.

This is a game for the masses, not the traditional player that likes something slower, who enjoys the reveal of the cards and maybe even the squeeze.

A good selection of Roadmaps is available – if you can understand them and a set of game statistics which give a more traditional view.

All in all a good version of Baccarat  – read my NetEnt Speed Baccarat Review for more detail.

Live Roulette

There are several different versions of Live Roulette at NetEnt.

  • European Roulette.
  • Themed European Roulette.
  • Automatic Roulette.
  • Roulette Max – Played with 4 Wheels.

All of the games come with a Racetrack and the ability to save your favourite bets. You can opt to see other players’ chips, but I’d advise against that at busy times, as you won’t be able to see the betting grid!

Automatic Roulette is for players that like a quicker game. It’s a real wheel, but instead of using a dealer compressed air is used to fire the ball into the wheel and a laser is used to read the winning number.

Mobile Live Casino

I’m rather surprised that I’m saying this but the mobile live casino is very good indeed.

Themed Tables

NetEnt has the ability to create themed tables for promotional purposes.

Quite often Prize draws are offered where players can earn tickets for the draw by just playing at a particular table.

Free spins are also offered so you’ll sometimes find that a table has been themed with a popular slot, like Starburst.

You earn free spins for hitting certain milestones when playing at the table.

It’s a promotional tool and one that NetEnt does particularly well.

starburst live roulette

Network Branded Casino

Network Branded Casino was launched in 2019 as a general replacement for the innovative Live Beyond Live Product, which MRGreen helped develop.

This new product provides the capability to bring a number of general play tables together to form a fully branded environment for a casino.

No lobby is needed for these tables as moving around is as simple as clicking your mouse on a table.

The attraction is obvious for a licensee allowing them to create a virtual Branded casino for the fraction of the cost of a physically prepared environment.

In fact the concept is so good that MrGreen ditched Live Beyond Live for this more flexible option.

mrgreen network branded casino tables

NetEnt Physical Studio Tables

In February 2020 we saw the launch of Netent first set of physical live casino tables in a specially built studio. Holding 6 tables, the area was created to give players and operators a more immersive playing experience.

Roulette, 7 Seat Blackjack and the much improved Blitz Blackjack are presented in a two tiered studio floor, with three “Gold” themed tables at the rear and three “Silver” tables at the front.

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Summary

Netent has let its Live Casino product slide over the past few years.

It’s something they acknowledged in late 2018 when they worked in collaboration with Mr. Green to create the Live beyond Live lobby.

Personally, I always thought it to be a bit gimmicky, which has sort of been proven by a rather poor uptake of the technology in that form.

However, NetEent started to get serious about Live Casino in early 2019, with the appointment of Andres Rengifo as Head of Live Casino.

Andres has a strong pedigree in Live Casino and has put together a development program to refresh the live casino and breathe life into their USP of the Green Screen technology.

Playing Interfaces have been standardised with a number of additional changes to both Blackjack and Roulette to highlight their strengths.

The new Branded Casino product enhances the offering, which allows operators to brand tables and environments without a huge outlay.

New games are on the horizon (2019/2020) that will see Netent become a more competitive force and a more viable option for players.

I spoke with Andres in October 2019 and wrote this update on the latest changes to NetEnt Live.