With more and more new tables released every year using the same language – “innovative”, “one-of-a-kind”, “genuine” – to describe them, it’s often difficult to tell what distinguishes one from the other from the onset. What’s its actual USP, and is it really unique? Can you place unusual bets and is there a jackpot to play for? In what way do the dealers make every turn better?
Well, we’ve pulled up our own seat at the tables to get answers for those questions and more ourselves. It’s our enthusiasm to reveal the ins and outs of the games that pushes us to make each one more exhaustive than the last. But as firm believers of the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle, the checklist used to assess table games is as uncomplicated as can be. Have a browse through the five points we consider below.
Next up is the area where the action happens. We’ll start by letting you know where it’s streamed from – a studio or land-based location -, before moving on to its decor, look and feel. Again, we’ll comment on whether or not it complements the game as a whole. Sneak peek: Evolution Gaming Live Baccarat does this perfectly as its surroundings are completely reminiscent of Macau casinos.
Following the initial overview, we pull each game apart and build it up again piece by piece, starting with the surface and/or the wheel. You’ll find out which parts are computer-generated (even if it’s hard to believe) along with how it appears and fits in with everything else – think the ball launcher in Evolution’s Double Ball Roulette.
The final piece of the puzzle is getting all of the above to your screen in both a visually appealing and functional way. This section (the bulk of the casino game review, FYI) examines how the provider does this in five parts – interface, functionality, audio, visual and device compatibility. Let’s elaborate.
The first section considers the look and feel of the gaming interface by assessing whether it’s easy on the eyes – even if extra features such as leaderboards are present – and intuitive overall. The functionality part focuses on answering questions like “Which parts of the game are interactive?” and “Can I move, mute or hide the stream as I please?”. The audio and visuals sections discuss what settings you can control of each while the piece on device compatibility pits mobile against desktop to see what comes out on top.
That may seem like a lot to go through, but each part comes with complementing images and GIFs that’ll make the explanation much easier to digest.
Alright, this is an obvious start but it’s the cornerstone of everything that follows. If you’re new to all this, start by familiarising yourself with our game guides. They’ll walk you through the basics right up to advanced betting strategies. Go at your own pace to clearly set your preferences in place. If you’re already acquainted with the conventional titles mentioned above, give one with a little something extra in the title a go. Words like control, speed and reel serve as hints that there’s something else to play for.
We hinted at this when advising you on how to choose the right casino provider for you but it’s much more specific than that. Yes, most Evolution Gaming titles are in fact available 24/7 but some of its bespoke tables such as LeoVegas Celebrity Blackjack are only accessible during the evening. Authentic Roulette Professional, Extreme Live Blackjack and others are restricted to specific opening hours. Be sure to check this in advance, and set some time aside as necessary.
Yes, you’d probably like to be the best at everything, but you’ve got to be honest about how proficient you really are. If you’re still wrapping your head around simple blackjack strategy, you might want to avoid the hustle and bustle of tables such as Evolution’s Blackjack Party and opt for a quieter option so you can maintain your focus. But if you’re really a pro, you might enjoy Lightning Roulette or Speed Roulette where multipliers and side bets add vibrancy to the basic game you’re already comfortable with.
Are you a PC aficionado or glued to your smartphone? While all providers say that their tables are cross-compatible between devices, some will work better on desktop or mobile. Either start by establishing your preference, then leaf through our game reviews to see if the table you’re going to have a crack at performs best on your chosen device in the Mobile vs. Desktop section. Alternatively, be flexible and if the one you’d like to try is better on a display you’re unfamiliar with, be open to giving it a go – we came to that conclusion for a good reason!
Are you after a game that captures the authenticity of a genuine land-based establishment online or interested in witnessing what tech advancements bring to the table? Think about what you’d like to see, and with that in mind choose your title. And when you’re feeling adventurous, why not try a new table as part of a live casino promotion with a bonus? It takes the pressure off of trying something unknown with your own money and you may win something plus find a new favourite too.
You’ve made it, and you’re now better equipped than the average player to pick your perfect table. Fantastic! So, with your new understanding of how our casino game reviews can support you before you stake as well as knowledge of what you’re looking for, have a look at our game reviews with a fresh pair of eyes. See what payouts, opening hours, features and more suit you and go. Good luck, and remember to let us know how you get on at firstname.lastname@example.org!