The football 2018 World Cup starts on the 14th June with the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Playtech has joined a number of live casino providers in providing Football themed Blackjack & Roulette tables for the duration of the competition.
The Playtech tables are staffed by enthusiastic football loving dealers, who are positioned in front of a large interactive screen.
The contents of the screen is controlled by the roulette dealer using a mouse located by the side of the wheel.
I guess the idea is that as you play on the tables you’ll be kept up to date with what’s happening in the games.
Personally if there’s a match on, I’ll have another screen open to watch the football live.
But as I probably won’t watch every game, this is a nice way of spending some gambling time while listening to the chat about the football.
The tables are both located in the same studio area.
The brief is clearly for the dealers to engage with each other and create an atmosphere of chat and banter.
It’s not so bad if your playing roulette as you can see both the tables. However, when playing Blackjack, the cross chat between dealers can be a bit distracting.
I never like seeing dealers looking away from the table, even if it’s to keep with the theme. It feels disrespectful.
Playtech Football Roulette is standard the European Roulette.
Table stakes will suit low rollers and high stakes players. Inside and Outside Bets start at just 0.50 a spin, while the table maximum is set at 80,000.
The playing interface comes will all the options you’d expect.
All full range of statistics is available, as are multiple ways to place a bet, including the Special Bets options, Racetrack and Favourite bets.
Playtech Football Blackjack is based on Playtech’s live Unlimited Blackjack.
Up to 5 Player hands are dealt and these can be bet on by an unlimited number of players.
The game is played to Vegas rules, where the dealer gets two cards and is dealt from an 8 deck manual shoe.
Optional Blackjack Side bets of 21+3 and Perfect pairs can be played. The Bet behind facility is not available as you can already play as many hands as you like.
You’ll find the tables at all Playtech Live Casinos.
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?