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Pragmatic Play Software & 17 Online Casinos Reviewed

Pragmatic Play

Introduction


Pragmatic Play is a new name for a set of software that was previously called TopGame, which has been in operation for several years. The group operates a software that is available for play in most regions throughout the world, including the United States. Unfortunately, many of the casinos using Pragmatic Play software are rogue operations, with only a handful of the sites using them being worth your time. I tried not to let that skew my opinion on the developer as I took a look at the company's games.

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Blackjack


Multihand Blackjack

Royale Blackjack

Basic strategy card

There are two blackjack games I'm aware of -- Royal Blackjack and Multihand Blackjack. Unfortunately, I couldn't find rules for them anywhere. However, between the table felt, playing one hand (the account I played had only a few dollars left), and the basic strategy chart, I can at least infer the following:

  • Dealer stands on a soft 17
  • At least four decks are used
  • Player can double on any first two cards
  • Double after a split is allowed
  • Dealer takes a hole card and peeks for blackjack
  • Surrender is not allowed

About the only major rule not covered is whether re-splitting is allowed. If we assume six decks of cards and no-resplitting, which is usually the case with Internet casinos, then the house edge would be 0.46%.

About the basic strategy card, there is clearly an error if the player has a 13 to 16 and the dealer is showing a 2. The card says to hit. The odds favor standing under any realistic set of rules.

Please note the return table below reflects the rules stated above, which are out best guess, based on limited information.

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

Pragmatic Play Blackjack Alphabetic OrderExpand

Game BJ PaysSoft 17Double After SplitDoubleSplits NumberRe split acesDraw to split acesPeekSurrenderReturnTotal DecksLive Game
Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6 No
Royale Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6 No


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

Pragmatic Play Blackjack Return OrderExpand

Game BJ PaysSoft 17Double After SplitDoubleSplits NumberRe split acesDraw to split acesPeekSurrenderReturnTotal DecksLive Game
Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6 No
Royale Blackjack 1.5 Stand Yes Any 2 1 No No Yes No 99.54% 6 No


Keno


Keno
 

Following is the keno pay table and return for each number of picks. Note the highest return is 94.90% for a pick 13.

KenoExpand

Catch Pick 1 Pick 2 Pick 3 Pick 4 Pick 5 Pick 6 Pick 7 Pick 8 Pick 9 Pick 10 Pick 11 Pick 12 Pick 13 Pick 14 Pick 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2   9 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0
3     16 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
4       12 15 3 6 3 2 2 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5
5         50 30 12 6 4 3 2 2 3 2 1
6           75 36 19 8 5 6 4 4 3 2
7             100 90 20 10 15 24 5 5 5
8               720 80 30 25 72 20 12 15
9                 1200 600 180 250 80 50 50
10                   1800 1000 500 240 150 150
11                     3000 2000 500 500 300
12                     0 4000 3000 1000 600
13                     0 0 6000 2000 1200
14                     0 0 0 7500 2500
15               0     0 0 0 0 10000
Return 75.00% 92.09% 93.04% 93.79% 93.87% 93.79% 94.15% 92.9% 93.43% 94.54% 93.1% 94.22% 94.90% 94.27% 94.39%

Roulette


Electronic Roulette

Titanium Roulette

Black Diamond Roulette

Crystal Roulette

Pragmatic Play is pretty pragmatic about cranking out roulette games. Change the color the felt and the name and, viola, a new roulette game! Throw in an electronic one just so it isn't too obvious they are all the same. All of the roulette games are single-zero roulette, which offers a 2.70% house edge on every bet.

Video Poker


Deuces & Joker Wild

Deuces Wild

Jacks or Better

Pragmatic Games offers three video poker game to the best of my knowledge. They all have well-known pay tables to land casinos. The game-play is fun and realistic. My only complaints are the deuces wild pay table is rather stingy compared to the other two and the auto-hold feature frequently gives incorrect advice.

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

Pragmatic Play Video Poker Alphabetic Order

Game Power PokerMulti-PlayPay TableReturnLive Game
Deuces Wild No No 1-2-2-3-4-13-16-25-200-800 96.77% No
Deuces and Joker Wild No No 1-2-3-3-3-6-9-12-25-800-2000 99.07% No
Jacks or Better No No 1-2-3-4-6-9-25-50-800 99.54% No

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

Pragmatic Play Video Poker Return Order

Game Power PokerMulti-PlayPay TableReturnLive Game
Jacks or Better No No 1-2-3-4-6-9-25-50-800 99.54% No
Deuces and Joker Wild No No 1-2-3-3-3-6-9-12-25-800-2000 99.07% No
Deuces Wild No No 1-2-2-3-4-13-16-25-200-800 96.77% No

Double Exposure


Double Exposure
 

I can't tell you much about Double Exposure because if there is a help file, I couldn't find it. About all I can say is what I learned from the table cloth — the dealer hits a soft, a blackjack tie is a push, and a winning blackjack pays even money. Those are all typical rules for the game. I will say that it plays nicely. My only complaint is the lack of any rules to be found.

Casino War


Casino War
 

Like many other providers of Internet casino software, Pragmatic Games offers a Casino War game. I guess it is an easy game to produce. Like all the other table games, I couldn't find a help file so I don't know how many decks they use or what happens on a tie after a tie. Assuming they follow the standard rules of six decks and no bonus for two consecutive ties, then the house edge would be 2.78%.

Live Dealers

Pragmatic Play also offers live dealer games. As of this writing in March 2020, all we know about it is from the Pragmatic Play web site, which lists six games: roulette, roulette, speed roulette, baccarat, speed baccarat and blackjack. We will update this review as we get more information.