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Last Updated: January 24, 2015

Playtech Review

Introduction

Playtech is one of the oldest and biggest software providers of Internet casino software. The company was founded in 1999 and, as of 2014, employs about 3,500 people in ten countries (source: Wikipedia). Playtech is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol LSE: PTEC.

It takes a big budget to open a Playtech casino, so players can generally expect a professional experience. However, Playtech seems to have more than its share of casinos with questionable reputations in the player community. Complaints about some Playtech casinos include:

  • Seizure of funds for reasons of "bonus abuse."
  • Putting winners of large progressive jackpots on payment plans, due to monthly withdrawal limits.
  • Retroactively changing affiliate terms.

However, there are a lot of Playtech casinos out there, and most of the problems seem to be caused by a few bad apples.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention between 2002 and 2009 I designed many of Playtech's slot machines and arcade games. Maybe I am biased in saying this, but between the games I designed, and Playtech evidently learning the art of slot machine design from them, that most of their games are outstanding (especially the ones I did!). A major problem with the industry, in general, is games that are buggy or don't conform to the rules and norms of land casinos. You usually won't find this problem with Playtech games.

What follows is a description of the rules of most of the Playtech games. This review was mostly based on the Omni casino. However, not every casino offers every game, and some of the games were not available at the time I did this review in November, 2014.

Where I may miss any rules, Playtech does a good job of explaining the rules of all their games in the help files, which can be found by clicking on the wrench in the lower right corner of any game. However, they aren't perfect. For years, readers have been arguing with me about what constitutes a "lo royal" in their game Two-Way Royal. As far as I know, they still don't disclose this important rule in their help file on the game.

Playtech does deserve applause for disclosing the theoretical return of all their games.

American players will be unhappy to learn that they are strictly forbidden from all Playtech casinos. Non-Americans can't even play from the U.S., as all casinos check and block American I.P. addresses. The way I bypassed all this security to do this review was with a proxy server.

There are three ways you can play — downloadable casino, Flash instant casino, and live dealer casino. Sorry, I don't know anything about the live dealer casino, as it wasn't available at the Omni casino. This review is mostly based on the download casino only at the Omni casino. However, just because a game is listed here doesn't mean Omni has it. This page still has remnants of a previous review, done around 2004.

There is a comp point system equivalent to 0.1% cash back.

Following are the games available, in alphabetical order.

Playtech CasinosExpand

Name Wizards Seal US Friendly Play
21nova Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
50 Stars Casino
NO NO -
7Regal Casino
NO NO -
AceKingdom
NO NO Visit Casino >
AdamEve Casino
NO NO -
African Palace Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
Bet365 Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
Bet4Joy
NO NO -
betboo Casino
NO NO -
Betfair
NO NO Visit Casino >
Betfred Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
bets.com
NO NO -
Betsafe Casino
YES NO Visit Casino >
Betsson Casino
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bgo Casino
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Boyle Casino
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Carnival Casino
NO NO -
Casdep Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
Casino Bellini
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Casino Del Rio
NO NO -
Casino Girl
NO YES Visit Casino >
Casino King
NO NO Visit Casino >
Casino Las Vegas
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Casino Plex
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Casino Tropez
NO NO Visit Casino >
Casino.com
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CasinoEuro
YES NO Visit Casino >
Casinostugan
NO NO -
ChipsPalace Casino
NO NO -
City Club Casino
NO NO -
City Tower Casino
NO NO -
Club Dice Casino
NO NO -
Club777 Casino
NO NO -
ComeOn Casino
YES NO Visit Casino >
Coral Casino
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Crown Europe
NO NO -
CS Casino
NO NO -
Dafabet / Dafa888
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Eurobet.it
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EuroGrand Casino
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EuroMax Play Casino
NO NO -
Europa Casino
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Europaplay
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Europlay Casino
NO NO -
Everest Casino
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Florijn Casino
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Fly Casino
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Gala Casino
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Genting Casino
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Giant Vegas Casino
NO NO -
Grand Reef Casino
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GrandWild Casino
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Grosvenor Casinos
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HeavyChips Casino
NO NO -
Imperial Casino
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Indio Casino
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Jackpot247
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Joyland Casino
NO NO -
King Solomons Casino
NO NO -
Ladbrokes Casino
YES NO Visit Casino >
LesAcasino
NO NO -
Magic Box Casino
NO NO -
Mansion Casino
NO NO Visit Casino >
Mobilbet Casino
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Mr Smith Casino
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MyWin24
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NetBet Casino
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Noble Casino
NO NO -
OlyBet Casino
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Omni Casino
YES NO Visit Casino >
Paddy Power Casino
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Pinnacle Sports Casino
YES YES Visit Casino >
Plaza Win Casino
NO NO -
Prestige Casino
NO NO -
PropaWin
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Prospect Hall Casino
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Real Deal Bet
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Royal Dice
NO NO -
Scasino
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Sierra Star Casino
NO NO -
Sky Casino
NO NO -
Sky Kings Casino
NO NO -
SlotsHeaven
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SlotsMillion
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Sports Interaction Casino
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Sun Bets Casino
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SuperCasino
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Titan Casino
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Titanbet Casino
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Unibet Casino
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Vegas Red Casino
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Vernons Casino
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Videoslots.com
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VIP Stakes
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William Hill Casino
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Windows Casino
NO NO -
Winmasters Casino
NO NO -
Winner Casino
NO NO -
Wintika
NO NO Visit Casino >

Around the World


Around the World
 

See my section on Around the World.

Baccarat


Baccarat
 

Playtech uses six decks in baccarat, as opposed to the usual eight, although it doesn't make much different in the odds. Side bet players will have six different ones to choose from. The following table shows the odds and expected return of all nine bets available.

Baccarat

Bet Prob. Win Prob. Push Prob. Loss Pays Exp. Ret.
Banker 0.458653 0.095069 0.446279 0.95 -0.010558
Player 0.446279 0.095069 0.458653 1 -0.012374
Tie 0.095069 0.000000 0.904931 8 -0.144382
Banker pair 0.073955 0.000000 0.926045 11 -0.112540
Player pair 0.073955 0.000000 0.926045 11 -0.112540
Either pair 0.142439 0.000000 0.857561 5 -0.145365
Perfect pair 0.031896 0.000000 0.968104 25 -0.170716
Small 0.378925 0.000000 0.621075 1.5 -0.052688
Big 0.621075 0.000000 0.378925 0.54 -0.043544

You may wonder what some of these side bets are. Here are some quick explanations of the unusual ones:

  • Either pair: Either Banker's or Player's first two cards form a pair.
  • Perfect pair: Either Banker's or Player's first two cards form a suited pair.
  • Small: Total number of Banker and Player cards is four.
  • Big: Total number of Banker and Player cards is five or six.

For more on baccarat side bets, please see my baccarat appendix 5.

Bingo


Pop Bingo
 

Playtech calls their bingo game Pop Bingo, evidently because it sounds like the bingo balls pop out of the hopper like popcorn. This form of bingo is played on a Latin American card with three rows and nine columns. On this card, 15 numbers from 1 to 90 are indicated, five on each row. After placing a bet the game will choose all 90 balls in random order. As it does, if any match the numbers on the players card they will be circled. The player wins according to how quickly it takes to catch all 15 numbers on the card. The following table shows what the player wins according to the number of balls needed to cover the card, the probability, and contribution to the return. The lower right cell shows a total return of 97.0% to the player.

Pop Bingo

Balls Pays Probability Return
15 to 40 10000 0.000001 0.008784
41 to 45 1000 0.000007 0.006652
46 to 50 100 0.000042 0.004162
51 to 57 50 0.000433 0.021626
58 to 60 10 0.000680 0.006799
61 to 65 5 0.003367 0.016834
66 to 70 4 0.011226 0.044904
71 to 75 2.5 0.034032 0.085081
76 to 80 2 0.095115 0.190230
81 or 82 1.75 0.072746 0.127305
83 or 84 1.5 0.105762 0.158643
85 or 86 1.25 0.152269 0.190337
87 or 88 0.5 0.217205 0.108602
89 or 90 0 0.307116 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.969958

Blackjack


Blackjack
 

Playtech has a nice variety of blackjack games as explained below. In all games the cards shuffled after every hand. Table limits, based on the Omni Casino, are $1-$300. Split aces get one card only. Otherwise, here are the specific rules of each different blackjack game.

Unavailable Blackjack Games

At the Omni casino at least, where I based this review, a few blackjack games were listed, but when I clicked to play I got a message that the game was "currently unavailable." These games are:

  • Half Double Blackjack
  • 21 Duel Blackjack.
  • UK Blackjack.

Pontoon was also listed as unavailable, but I had information about it from a previous version of this review.

The following table shows the Blackjack games available in alphabetical order.

Playtech Blackjack Alphabetic OrderExpand

Game BJ Pays Soft 17 Double After Split Double Splits Number Re split aces Surr-ender Return Total Decks
Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6
Blackjack Pro 1.5 Hit No 10 or 11 1 Yes No 99.56% 1
Blackjack Surrender 1.5 Stand No Any 2 1 No Yes 99.65% 6
Blackjack Switch 1.0 Hit Yes 9 to 11 1 No No 99.86% 6
Lucky Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 1 No No ? 1
Perfect Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6
Pontoon 2.0 Hit Yes Any 1 Yes No 99.68% 8
Progressive Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6


Here is the same list in returns range, choose your game wisely.

Playtech Blackjack Return OrderExpand

Game BJ Pays Soft 17 Double After Split Double Splits Number Re split aces Surr-ender Return Total Decks
Lucky Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 1 No No ? 1
Blackjack Switch 1.0 Hit Yes 9 to 11 1 No No 99.86% 6
Pontoon 2.0 Hit Yes Any 1 Yes No 99.68% 8
Blackjack Surrender 1.5 Stand No Any 2 1 No Yes 99.65% 6
Progressive Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6
Perfect Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6
Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No 99.57% 6
Blackjack Pro 1.5 Hit No 10 or 11 1 Yes No 99.56% 1


Blackjack Pro


Blackjack Pro
 

  • One deck.
  • Dealer hits on soft 17.
  • Dealer always peeks for blackjack.
  • Player may double 10 and 11 only.
  • Double after split NOT allowed.
  • Late surrender NOT allowed.
  • No re-spltting.
  • Seven-card Charlie.

The basic strategy house edge under these rules is 0.58%.

Blackjack Surrender


Blackjack Surrender
 

This is Playtech's best standard blackjack game, so I'll start with this one. Following are the rules for Blackjack Surrender:

  • Six decks.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • Dealer always peeks for blackjack.
  • Double after split allowed.
  • Late surrender allowed.
  • No re-spltting.
  • Seven-card Charlie.

The basic strategy house edge under these rules is 0.39%.

As the best Playtech standard blackjack game, I think it merits a custom basic strategy card.

Blackjack Switch


Blackjack Switch
 

For the general rules, please see my page on Blackjack Switch. Some of the variable rules at Playtech are:

  • Six decks.
  • Dealer hits soft 17.
  • Double after split allowed.
  • Switched blackjack is an immediate winner.

The house edge under these rules is a low 0.17%.

Playtech also has the Super Match bet with the 40-8-5-1 pay table for a house edge of 2.55%, which isn't bad for a side bet.

Blackjack/American Blackjack/Perfect Blackjack


Blackjack

American Blackjack

Perfect Blackjack

As near as I can tell, the rules for the plain 'ol "blackjack" game, "Perfect Blackjack" and "American Blackjack" are exactly the same, as follows:

  • Six decks.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • Double after split allowed.
  • Late surrender NOT allowed.
  • No re-spltting.
  • Ten-card Charlie.
  • Dealer does NOT peek for blackjack.
  • If player doubles against a dealer 10 and the dealer gets a blackjack, then the player will lose the original bet only.
  • If player doubles against a dealer ace and the dealer gets a blackjack, then the player will lose everything.
  • What happens if the player splits and the dealer gets a blackjack is unknown because the online rules don't address the situation.

The player shouldn't lose any sleep over the unstated rule about splitting against a potential dealer blackjack because he shouldn't play this game in the first place. There is no downside to playing Blackjack Surrender, which has the same rules, except the dealer always peeks for blackjack, surrender is allowed, and there is a seven-card Charlie rule instead of ten cards.

I have to add that the title of the game is a misnomer because here is America the player can never lose more than his original wager if the dealer gets a blackjack.

Assuming that splitting against a dealer ace will cause the player to lose everything against a dealer blackjack, then the house edge would be 0.47%.

Perfect Blackjack does add the "Perfect Pairs" side bet. They follow the 25-12-6 pay table for a house edge of 6.11%. For more on that, and a host of other blackjack side bets, please see my section on blackjack side bets.

Double Attack Blackjack


Double Attack Blackjack
 

For the full rules, please see my page on Double Attack Blackjack. Some of the variable rules at Playtech are:

  • Eight decks.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • Dealer peeks for blackjack.
  • Player may re-split to up to four hands.

The house edge under these rules is a low 0.62%. There is a lot of raising in this game, for an Element of Risk of 0.35%.

Playtech also has the Bust It bet with the 200-50-15-10-8-6-3 pay table for a house edge of 8.01%.

Lucky Blackjack


Lucky Blackjack
 

For the full rules, please see my page on Lucky Blackjack. Some of the variable rules at Playtech are:

  • One deck.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.

The important this to know is the best bet is on an 18, paying 6 to 1, for a house edge of 3.36%. The bet on a blackjack, paying 19 to 1, is not far behind at a house edge of 3.47%.

Bonus Bowling


Bonus Bowling
 

See my section on Bonus Bowling for information on this game.

Casino Hold 'Em


Casino Hold 'Em
 

This poker-based table game is found in some casinos in Europe, Africa and Asia. The rules and odds can be found in my section on Casino Hold 'Em. Playtech players will be happy to know that if the dealer doesn't qualify and the player has a flush or better, then the player is paid the full Ante bonus, unlike RealTime Gaming's Caribbean Hold 'Em. Playtech follows the Ante pay table number 3, with a house edge of 2.16%. The AA+ side bet follows my version 2, with a house edge of 6.26%.

Casino Reels


Casino Reels
 

Casino Reels is based on a three-reel slot machine. What is different is the player may bet on the specific outcome. There are ten bets to choose from, ranging in wins from 2 to 100 for 1. The help screen says the return is 96.5% to 97.0%. They don't disclose the reel stripping, so I guess we'll have to take their word on that.

Casino War

The correct rules are followed with six decks. The player should always go to war, as opposed to surrender. The house edge is 2.88%.

Craps


Craps
 

The player may take three times odds on the pass and come bets. The multiple allowed on the don't pass and don't come is also three times, relative to the amount bet. The combined house edge is 0.47% on the pass and come and 0.46% on the don't pass and don't come.

Buy and lay bets are allowed, and the 5% commission is charged up front. The player may also make place and place to lose bets. The following table shows all the ways you can bet on and against the numbers:

House Edge on Place, Place to Lose, Buy and Lay Bets

Point Place Buy Place to Lose Lay
4, 10 6.67% 3.33% 3.03% 1.67%
5, 9 4.00% 3.00% 2.50% 2.00%
6, 8 1.52% 2.73% 1.82% 2.27%

To achieve the lowest house edge on the numbers, bet the place and place to lose on the 6 and 8. On all other numbers, make buy and lay bets.

On the proposition bets, the usual stingy odds are paid. To be specific, 7 to 1 on the Hard 4 and 10; 9 to 1 on the Hard 6 and 8; 15 to 1 on the 3 and 11; 30 to 1 on the 2 and 12; and 7 to 1 on any craps. The field is the stingy version, paying 2 to 1 on both the 2 and 12.

Derby Day Horse Racing


Derby Day Horse Racing
 

This is a very well done horse racing game. There are six horses in each race. The player may make win, place, show, exacta, pick 4 and pick 5 bets. Statistics and reviews are available on each horse.

According to the help file, the average return is 95.00%.

Dice Twister

See my section on Dice Twister for information about this game.

Final Score


Final Score
 

This is a very nicely done simulation of a soccer game. First, the player picks a soccer league and then two teams within that league. Then, the player can bet on all kinds of things, such as:

  • Winning team or draw.
  • Exact score.
  • Number of scores.
  • Number of red cards.
  • Missed penalty shot.
  • Successful penalty shot.
  • Something about an injury goal (I don't know enough about soccer to understand what that is).

After the player is done making his bets, the game will start and announce every significant event. When the game is over, the player may go double or nothing on any winnings based on predicting a successful or missed penalty shot.

The help files list nicely the return of every single bet, which range from 96.43% to 79.26%. The greatest return is the proposition bet on a red card.

If you can't go to London and watch a Chelsea Football Club game live, this is the next best thing.

Genie's Hi Lo


Genie's Hi Lo Jackpot Version

Genie's Hi Lo

There are two versions of this game of card prediction. There's too much to explain here, so I made a separate page for Genie's Hi Lo.

Heads or Tails


Heads or Tails
 

See my section on Heads or Tails.

Jackpot Darts


Jackpot Darts
 

Please see my section on Jackpot Darts.

Keno


Keno Xperiment

Fortune Keno

Playtech has two ways to play keno — Keno Xperiment (sic) and Fortune Keno. Both have exactly the same pay tables and odds. The player may bet $0.10 to $2.00 and play one or five games at a time. There is also a quick-pick feature in Keno Xperiment only. Following is the pay table:

Playtech XperimentExpand

Catch 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 47 5 3 3 1 0 0 0
4 91 12 4 2 2 1
5 820 70 21 12 6 5
6 1600 400 100 44 24
7 7000 1650 335 142
8 10000 4700 1000
9 10000 4500
10 10000


Based on this pay table, the following table shows the return by number picks. Note the best bet is on the pick two at 92.96%.

Keno

Pick Exp. Ret.
2 92.09%
3 92.96%
4 92.03%
5 92.58%
6 92.67%
7 92.44%
8 92.75%
9 92.00%
10 92.55%

Knockout


Knockout
 

This is a simple boxing game. First, you pick your fighter. Then, you pick one of five places to punch your opponent. With a head shot, you do more damage, but he has a greater chance of blocking that punch.

The following table shows what each punch pays, on a "for one" basis, if the punch makes contact, the probability of success, and return. The returns are also available in the help files.

Knockout

Punch Pays Probability Return
Lower Left 12 0.080750 0.969000
Upper Left 3 0.324000 0.972000
Center 5 0.192000 0.960000
Upper Right 3 0.324000 0.972000
Lower Right 12 0.080750 0.969000

Let Them Ride

The same thing as Let it Ride. The conventional rules are followed. The side bet has a house edge of 13.77%.

Mahjong

Playtech has two different Mahjong games — Solo Mahjong and Solo Mahjong Pro. I tried this game once and had no idea what I was doing. Sorry, but you're on your own with this one.

Mega Ball


Mega Ball
 

See my section on Mega Ball for information about this game.

Pachinko

Playtech has the only pachinko game I am aware of online. It's called Dolphin Paradise. Just click "play," and the game shoots balls at a rate of about one per second until you click "stop." Sometimes, the game goes into a slot machine type of bonus. I'm not a pachinko expert, but it looks very nicely done.

Penalty Shootout


Penalty Shootout
 

See my section on Penalty Shootout for information on this game.

Caribbean Poker

The standard rules and pay table are used for a house edge of 5.22%. When I checked on May 12, 2002 at Casino Mapau, the progressive meter for the side bet was at $10,286 for a house edge of 60.75%. For the side bet to have no house edge the meter would need to reach $218,047.37. For any given meter the house edge on the side bet is 63.76% less 2.92% for each $10,000 in the meter.

Pai Gow Poker


Pai Gow Poker
 

The dealer is always the banker, resulting in a house edge of 2.85%. There is a house way button, but, if the player clicks it, the hand will immediately be scored. The player loses out on the option to accept or reject the house way.

Poker Three

This is the same thing as Three Card Poker. Full pay rules are followed. I believe Playtech is the only software brand to feature the original and most generous pay table. The house edge is 2.32% on the Pairplus bet and 3.37% on the Ante bet.

Tequila Poker

In April 2006 Playtech introduced Tequila Poker. As far as I know Playtech is the only software to offer the game. As of this writing not all casinos offer it yet.

See my Tequila Poker section.

Pontoon

This is the American Pontoon, in which the player gets paid 2 to 1 for a 5-card winning hand. It is not Australian Pontoon, which is what we call Spanish 21 in the U.S. Playtech uses eight decks, dealer hits a soft 17, and it pays a pontoon after splitting aces 2 to 1. In other words, the rules are the same as those at Cryptologic and Real Time Gaming. The house edge is 0.38%. For more information, please see my pontoon section.

Red Dog


Red Dog
 

A single deck of cards is used for a house edge of 3.155%. For more information, please see my Red Dog page.

Rock Paper Scissors

See my section on Rock Paper Scissors for information on this game.

Roller Coaster Dice

See my section on Roller Coaster Dice for information on this game.

Roulette


3D Roulette

American Roulette

European Roulette

Video Roulette

Premium American Roulette

Premium European Roulette

Premium French Roulette

Premium Roulette Pro

Roulette Pro

Playtech has no fewer than 12 roulette games to choose from. Why they need so many, I have no idea. They have differences in the layout and graphics but who cares about that? We here at the Wizard of Odds care about the rules and odds, which brings us to this table showing the rules of each option.

Roulette

Game Rules
3D Roulette Single zero
American Roulette Double zero
Club Roulette Unknown
European Roulette Single zero
French Roulette Unknown
Multi-wheel Roulette Unknown
Premium American Roulette Double zero
Premium European Roulette Single zero
Premium French Roulette La Partage
Premium Roulette Pro Single zero
Roulette Pro Single zero
Video Roulette La Partage

Here is an explanation of each set of rules:

  • Double zero: Two-zero wheel. House edge is 5.26% on every bet except the 0-00-1-2-3 combination, which is 7.89%.
  • Single zero: One-zero wheel. House edge is 2.70% on every bet.
  • La partage: One-zero wheel. Players loses half only on any even money bet if the ball lands in zero. House edge is 1.35% on even money bets and 2.70% on all others.
  • Unknown: Game unavailable at the Omni casino at the time I did this review.

Sic Bo


Sic Bo
 

The following table shows what each bet pays and the house edge.

Playtech Sic Bo

Bet Pays Prob. Win House Edge
Small, Big 1-1 48.61% 2.78%
4, 17 60-1 1.39% 15.28%
5, 16 30-1 2.78% 13.89%
6, 15 17-1 4.63% 16.67%
7, 14 12-1 6.94% 9.72%
8, 13 8-1 9.72% 12.5%
9, 12 6-1 11.57% 18.98%
10, 11 6-1 12.50% 12.50%
Triple 180-1 0.46% 16.20%
Any triple 30-1 2.78% 13.89%
Double 10-1 7.41% 18.52%
Two die combination 5-1 13.89% 16.67%
Any number (1/2/3)-1 42.13% 7.87%

The lowest house edge bets are on big and small bets at 2.78%.

Please see my Sic Bo online section for a comparison of sic bo odds among other software brands.

Slot machines


Captain's Treasure

Cat Queen

Diamond Valley

Esmeralda

Great Blue

Halloween Fortune

Hot Gems

Iron Man 2

Lotto Madness

Pink Panther

Rubik's Riches

Santa Surprise

Playtech really shines when it comes to slot machine games. The graphics and designs are sleek, modern and fun. There is a long list of games to choose from, ranging from Playtech's own themes to brand names like Iron Man and the Pink Panther.

The return of every game is indicated in the help file, so always check that before you play. The theoretical return seems to range from 93% to 97%, so always look for a game around the high end of that range. I sampled some of the games, to give you an idea of the range. Here they are listed, from highest to lowest return:

Slot Returns

Game Return
Diamond Valley 97.16%
Halloween Fortune 97.06%
Lotto Madness 97.06%
Captain's Treasure 97.06%
Santa Surprise 97.05%
Hot Gems 95.99%
Iron Man 2 95.98%
Pink Panther 95.39%
Streak of Luck 94.99%
Great Blue 94.25%
Cat Queen 93.60%
Esmeralda 93.43%

Some Playtech casinos publish their monthly return percentage audits. The return for slots (not including video poker) for various months I checked are as follows. Figures are for the Carnival Casino in 2005 and the Omni casino afterward.

Carnival/Omni Casino Actual Slot Machine ReturnsExpand

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2005 97.50% 96.05% 96.65% 98.00% 95.92% 96.53% 96.70% 97.07% ? ? ? ?
2009 ? ? ? 95.48% 96.89% 96.50% 95.60% 94.72% 96.63% 94.39% 94.42% 94.47%
2010 93.21% 95.61% 97.14% 95.09% 96.36% 94.82% 98.36% 94.69% 93.56% 94.91% 94.73% 93.14%
2011 94.36% 94.88% 97.35% 96.12% 95.93% 95.14% 94.78% 94.68% 95.32% 96.63% 96.14% 95.03%
2012 94.83% 94.92% 95.02% 95.46% 94.92% 95.63% 95.27% 95.01% 94.98% 95.06% 96.03% 95.22%
2013 95.45% 95.43% 94.17% 95.02% 94.96% 95.14% 94.87% 95.71% 95.48% 95.29% 94.98% 95.43%
2014 96.10% 95.78% 95.41% 94.86% 95.12% ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

The average of these monthly averages is 95.47%.

You can find the returns of the Omni Casino directly at their web site.

Video Poker


2 Ways Royals

10s or Better

Aces & Faces

All American

Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild -- 4 Line

Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better -- 50 Line

Jacks or Better -- Multi-Hand

Joker Poker

Joker Poker -- 50-Line

Pick 'Em Poker

Playtech has a strong video poker offering. The following table summarizes the available games. For progressive games, the return shown does not include the jackpot. The denomination range is in whatever currency you're playing with.

Playtech Video PokerExpand

Game Pay Table Num. Hands Denomination Return
10's or Better 800-50-20-6-5-4-3-2-1 1 0.05-2 97.96%
2 Ways Royal 800-800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 1 .01-.1 99.80%
Aces & Faces 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 1 0.05-2 99.26%
Aces & Faces 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 4 .05-1 99.26%
Aces & Faces 800-50-160-80-50-9-5-4-3-1-1 25 .01-.1 95.44%
All American 800-200-34-8-8-8-3-1-1 1 .1-100 99.38%
Deuces Wild 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 1 0.05-2 98.91%
Deuces Wild 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 4 .05-1 98.91%
Jacks or Better 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 1 0.05-5 99.54%
Jacks or Better 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 4 0.05-5 99.54%
Jacks or Better 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 50 .01-.5 99.26%
Jacks or Better -- Progressive 800-50-25-7-5-4-3-2-1 10 0.25 95.95%
Jacks or Better --Multihand 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 1,4,10,25,50,100 hands Varies 97.30%
Joker Poker (kings or better) 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 1 0.05-2 98.60%
Joker Poker (kings or better) 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 50 .01-.1 98.60%
Mega Jacks -- Progressive 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 1 0.25 97.56%
Pick 'Em Poker 1000-200-100-18-15-11-5-3-2 10 .01-.5 98.95%
Two Way Royal 800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 1 ? 99.80%

Following are comments on some games unique to Playtech.

2 Ways Royals

A unique game to Playtech is 2 Ways Royals. This pays 800 per coin bet, based on a max bet, for both a royal flush and a six high straight flush.

Jacks or Better 10-Line Progressive



 

This game normally follows the 7-5 Pay Table, for a return of 96.15%. However, a royal flush on the bottom pay line only pays a progressive jackpot.

To calculate the return for any given jackpot, take 95.95% plus 0.50% for each 10,000 coins in the meter. To reach break-even, the meter would need to have 81,387.41 coins. The game is played in quarters, so the game reaches break even at 20,436.85 $/€/£.

Mega Jacks

This is 9-6 Jacks or Better with a progressive on the royal. Normally progressive games are on low pay tables, so kudos to Playtech for putting it on the "full pay" pay table. Because of this, it gets hit frequently.

For any given jackpot, the return can be calculated as 97.56% plus 0.50% for each 1,000 credits in the meter. The break-even point is a jackpot of 4,921.10 coins. The game is played in quarters, so the game reaches break even at 1,230.28 $/€/£.

The following table shows the Video Poker games available in alphabetical order.

Playtech Video Poker Alphabetic Order

Game Multi-Play Pay Table Return
2 Ways Royal No 800-800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.80%
Aces and Faces (1-4 hands multi-play) Yes 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Aces and Faces (1-4 hands) No 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Aces and Faces (25 hands) Yes 800-50-160-80-50-9-5-4-3-1-1 95.44%
All American No 800-200-34-8-8-8-3-1-1 99.38%
Deuces Wild (1-4 hands multi-play) Yes 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 98.92%
Deuces Wild (1-4 hands) No 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 98.92%
Jacks or Better (1 hand) No 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
Jacks or Better (10 hands) Yes 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
Jacks or Better (50 hands) Yes 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Jacks or Better -- Multihand Yes 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 97.30%
Jacks or Better -- Progressive Yes 800-50-25-7-5-4-3-2-1 95.95%
Jokers Poker (kings or better multi-play) Yes 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Jokers Poker (kings or better) No 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Mega Jacks -- Progressive No 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 97.56%
Pick 'Em Poker Yes 1000-200-100-18-15-11-5-3-2 98.95%
Tens or Better No 800-50-20-6-5-4-3-2-1 97.96%
Two Way Royal No 800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.80%

Here is the same list in returns range, choose your game wisely.

Playtech Video Poker Return Order

Game Multi-Play Pay Table Return
2 Ways Royal No 800-800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.80%
Two Way Royal No 800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1 99.80%
Jacks or Better (10 hands) Yes 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
Jacks or Better (1 hand) No 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 99.54%
All American No 800-200-34-8-8-8-3-1-1 99.38%
Aces and Faces (1-4 hands) No 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Aces and Faces (1-4 hands multi-play) Yes 800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Jacks or Better (50 hands) Yes 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 99.26%
Pick 'Em Poker Yes 1000-200-100-18-15-11-5-3-2 98.95%
Deuces Wild (1-4 hands multi-play) Yes 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 98.92%
Deuces Wild (1-4 hands) No 800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1 98.92%
Jokers Poker (kings or better multi-play) Yes 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Jokers Poker (kings or better) No 1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1 98.60%
Tens or Better No 800-50-20-6-5-4-3-2-1 97.96%
Mega Jacks -- Progressive No 800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1 97.56%
Jacks or Better -- Multihand Yes 800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1 97.30%
Jacks or Better -- Progressive Yes 800-50-25-7-5-4-3-2-1 95.95%
Aces and Faces (25 hands) Yes 800-50-160-80-50-9-5-4-3-1-1 95.44%

Wheel of Light


Wheel of Light
 

Remember that arcade game where there is a circle of light bulbs and if the player can stop a moving pointer on a particular one then he wins a poop load of tickets? My daughter is an expert at this game, I might add.

The creative minds at Playtech now let you play this game for real money. There is a circle of 30 numbered and colored circles plus one dreaded black one. There are various bets to choose from, but they all lose on black. The following table shows all your options:

Wheel of Light

Bet Pays Numbers Probability Return
Blue 4.28 7 0.225806 0.966452
Orange 2.14 14 0.451613 0.966452
Green 6 5 0.161290 0.967742
Red 7.5 4 0.129032 0.967742
1 to 5 6 5 0.161290 0.967742
6 to 13 3.75 8 0.258065 0.967742
14 to 16 10 3 0.096774 0.967742
17 to 23 4.28 7 0.225806 0.966452
24 to 30 4.28 7 0.225806 0.966452
Hi, Lo, Even, Odd 2 15 0.483871 0.967742
Single numbers 30 1 0.032258 0.967742

Wild Viking


Wild Viking
 

Wild Viking could loosely be described as a combination of roulette and poker. Five cards will be drawn and the player can bet on either the poker value of all five or just the last card. As in roulette, there are lots of bets available. For information about this game, please see my page on Wild Viking.