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Wazdan Software & 523 Online Casinos Reviewed
In my 19 years of writing about online casino software, Wazdan has some of the most unusual software I have ever seen. I seriously think the people who developed it didn't know much about the conventional selection and rules of casino games. They seem to be lacking a good mathematician as well as the odds range the gamut from awful to a respectable player advantage, assuming their rules are accurate as stated.
In terms of graphics and sound, Wazdan looks a dated and low budget, but I've seen worse. Despite what should be small file sizes, the games are painfully slow to load.
As far as I know, the software is used by only one casino. If you're looking for state of the art casino games, then you should pick something else. However, if you're one of those players who like a retro feel to their games or just something different than the usual selection of games, then you may like Wazdan sofware.
In terms of company history, Wazdan was formed in the mid-2000s and is based in Europe. The company doesn't have a lot of its information public, which says something about how the company conducts its operations. The company is certainly not one of the most forthcoming we've seen, but also not one of the most dodgy we've come across either.
There are only two table games available and both of them are roulette. Draw you own conclusions.
Somehow I'm not surprised that Wazdan is confused between bingo and keno. Their "Extra Bingo" game is just a simple keno game. It is not a bingo game and there is nothing extra about it.
Who cares about the name, "what about the odds?," you might ask. They range all over the place — from a low of 71.9% (pick 10) to 97.1% (pick 3). Just goes to show that with Wazdan you have to be very careful about what game you choose to play.
The following table shows the pay table and return for all possible number of picks.
|Catch||Pick 3||Pick 4||Pick 5||Pick 6||Pick 7||Pick 8||Pick 9||Pick 10|
As near as I can tell, Wazdan's two roulette games are exactly the same, except in name. Both are single zero. Sorry, no French half-back rule. The house edge is 2.78% on every bet in both games.
The Wazdan slot machines are all nicely done. The graphics, sound, and game-play all get good marks. Most games are standard five-reel games with bonus rounds.
Wazdan has six video poker games and not one of them is a normal game. Here is a brief description of them:
- American Poker Gold, American Poker V, Joker Poker — These games all use a 53-card deck, including a joker, and following what I can the German rule of making the player pay for both the deal and the draw, but get paid on his final hand only. I analyze all thee games in my page on Joker Poker (German rules). Player advantages of 16% per initial hand can be found, assuming the cards are dealt fairly, which I suspect is not the case.
- Turbo Poker — This game also follows the German rule of making the player pay for both the deal and draw but is based on a 52-card deck. Instead of a 16% player advantage this one has a 41% house advantage. I suspect the game is gaffed but you never know. You can find more information in my page on Turbo Poker.
- Magic Poker — As if the first two games weren't complicated enough, Magic Poker follows the German rule, based on a 53-card deck, but gives the player two draws. Of course, the player must pay for both of them and the deal. There are also bonus meters for reaching so many three of a kinds and four of a kinds. This would be the most complicated game to analyze I've ever seen since Lunar Poker. I suspect the end result would be a huge player advantage, again leading me to suspect the cards do not follow natural probabilities.
- Three Cards — Yet another game with the German rule of paying for the deal and draw. What is different about this one is there are three cards only. A 52-card deck is used. An analysis of this one would be possible but after analyzing American Poker Gold, American Poker V, Joker Poker, and Turbo Poker I eager to analyze a normal game for a change.
What do you call a software company with only two table games and both are single-zero roulette? What do you call a software company that makes the player pay for both the deal and draw in every video poker game it offers? What do you call a software company that titles card games "American" and yet plays them with French cards? What do you call a software company whose slot games are about 30 years behind the times? What do you call a software company that offers games with odds everywhere from a house advantage of 41% to a player advantage of 16%. You call that company Wazdan.
Oct 2017 Interview with the company’s Sales and Business Development Manager, David Mann