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Live Dealer Special: Playtech and Microgaming FaceoffPublished February 21, 2015 by Amir G
Is there a winner in the battle of live dealer giants between Playtech and Microgaming?
Live dealers have become a standard in online casinos, a seal of quality that every casino strives to achieve. Live dealers offer a more realistic online gaming experience. We take a look at two of the biggest software companies, Playtech and Microgaming, checking how their live dealer platforms perform one against the other.
Playtech operates two live gaming platforms, European and Asian. One of Playtech's strongest points is its variety of games: Within their European and Asian offerings, players can find live dealer action with baccarat, roulette, blackjack, sic-bo and casino hold'em. The realistic experience is helped by live HD streaming of the dealers to players as they hit the tables – this is matched by experienced and beautiful croupiers who speak multiple languages.
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Microgaming Offers Playboy Bunnies
Microgaming lacks the variety offered by Playtech, featuring only roulette, blackjack and baccarat, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The software is polished with a smooth user interface that conveys the feeling of a casino floor, with an option to play more than one game at a time and view all dealers in a large screen.
Apart from the strong software, Microgaming employs Playboy Bunnies. The dealers are not only proficient but also very pleasing on the eyes, wearing the Playboy signature bunny ears and looking the part. The core brick & mortar casino is just as good as Playtech's, with a Hugh Hefner twist. Microgaming live dealers can be found at All Slots Casino and BETAT Casino.
The competition between Playtech and Microgaming is fierce and it makes it hard for us to choose a winner. The quality of the software itself – streaming quality, usability and overall experience – is pretty much evenly matched. Players who seek variety will be more attracted to Playtech's live dealers. We have to give Microgaming the slight edge for their Playboy Live Dealers, which are a huge hit.