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Wirex Gaming Review
Wirex is an Italian casino game developer that develops live dealer games, and also has a casino platform as well as a sportsbetting product that it offers throughout Europe. The company was founded in 2002, and in addition to offering a series of online games also has land casino products that are live throughout Spain, Greece, the United States, and other countries. The group has a series of game partners such as MyBet and PKR, which are known as good operators in the industry.
The company's live dealer product is dubbed the Wirex Live Casino platform, and it offers players baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. The roulette game is particularly interesting, as interfaces with wheels designed by Cammegh and Abbiati, and are broadcast from live casinos around the world.
In general, I found this Live Dealer product to be rather crude and low budget. Only the three usual staple games were offered — blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Interaction with the dealers via a chat window was very minimal.
One unique feature was that in some of the games, namely baccarat and sometime roulette, the dealer was actually in a real casino, as evidenced by other players walking up to the table and making bets.
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The Klaver casino refers to this game as Punto Banco, but it is exactly the same thing as baccarat. I prefer to call games by their commonly accepted name.
In this case, the standard rules are followed with what looks like eight decks of cards. Unlike most live dealer casinos, this one is simple -- just the Player, Banker, and Tie bets. The usual 5% commission on a Banker win is charged. The house edge on all three bets is as follows:
- Player: 1.24%
- Banker: 1.06%
- Tie: 14.36%
An unusual thing about this game is that the dealer is in a real land casino somewhere, I think Malta. You can see real players coming up to the table and betting. A single camera zooms back and forth between a chose up shot on the cards and a distant shot above the table.
Unlike baccarat and roulette, the blackjack game is always in a private studio. The help files were not very helpful but from what I gather the rules are:
- Eight decks.
- Dealer stands on soft 17.
- Double after split allowed (I'm not sure of this one).
- Player may re-split up to four hands, except aces.
- No surrender.
- Dealer does not take a hole card. If player doubles or splits, and the dealer gets a blackjack, then the player will lose the total amount bet.
Under these rules the house edge is 0.56%. If we take away double after a split, then it would be 0.70%.
Although there are a few wheels to choose from, they all seem to be single-zero, for a house edge of 2.70%. Some wheels are evidently as real casinos, as evidenced by people on camera playing, while others in a private studio.
Although the Wirex game offering isn't the most diverse or impressive we've come across, the software is still serviceable, and serves a decent set of games that can be played at sites like PKR, Portomaso Casino, and MyBet.