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Playtech Casino software - The History

The Year: 1999. The Event, an eclectic group of risk-taking, fun-loving and hard-playing individuals came together and swore to change the world of online gambling experience for the masses. A diverse cross-section of entrepreneurial-minded people from the casino industry, software engineering world, and multi media industries, having recognized the potential of the Internet gambling industry, created the perfect recipe for booming success in the online gambling world, taking it several notches higher.

Limited choice, poor quality, no customization, lack of creativity and growing ennui all led to players being put off this media. The newly formed Playtech decided to marry the lack to the potential – and of this wedlock was born – the Playtech Casino experience.

The arrival of Y2K, brought with it sleepless nights, hard work, hurrying and scurrying, and intense testing. Team Playtech took their project to the best land-based casino operators to check for any system weaknesses. Playtech, in the process of testing, discovered that the current online casino operators were enchanted by the novelty of digital gambling. Their job was more than half done!

Having researched deeply into players’ tastes and demands, Team Playtech decided to bring the online gambling experience as close to the land-based casinos as possible. They did away with the bane of online gambling; things such as slow response times, jumpy cards, and the lack of identity, were soon history. In place now was an online gambling experience smoother than the oldest whisky, richer than the darkest chocolate and livelier than a bag of popcorn in the microwave.

The sumptuous décor of the casinos, dulcet tones of the dealers, realistic background sounds, swish of the cards being dealt, tumble of the dies across the baize, swirling of the keno numbers – and much more were all incorporated. Care was taken, down to the teeniest element, to make the online gambling experience a feast for all senses. Playtech brought the casino right into your home.

The first casino launched by Playtech Casinos was – Club Dice Casino (2001). The benchmark was set. Playtech Casinos meant - live online customer support, multiple deposit and withdrawal methods, vast selection different casino games, and an unbeatable casino experience. In addition to casino games, Playtech Casinos also offer Poker and Bingo, Live Gaming, Mobile Gaming and Land-based Networks. Playtech has gone on to becoming the biggest publicly traded online gaming software developer in the world.

Swiss Casino, followed by City Club Casino (both tie-ups with existing online casino operators) cemented Playtech Casinos’ high market standing. Proof of this pudding lay in the fact that Club Dice Casino made it to the top 10 Online Casinos voted by Jupiter Media Metrix, that too in the first year of operations. What an achievement! To end this glorious year, Playtech Casinos entered the Russian market collaborating with a Russian group to launch Brandy Casino. 2002 saw the opening of Tropez Casino and Gold Gate Casino. Playtech has not looked back since, and the pace sped up considerably.

Sunny and Intercontinental Casinos both became a part of the Playtech family. The Sunny group went on to launching Casino Fortune, Miami Beach Casino and Mapau Casino, and Intercontinental Casinos introduced USA Casino and New York Casino. It was no wonder then that Pair of Dice Ltd launched Black Widow Casino and Grand Banks Casino choosing to use the Playtech platform.

Looking to scale newer peaks, Playtech announced their first licensed bingo operation, Ruby Bingo, in 2003. Having played regular online bingo, regular players were wondering what changes Playtech would bring into their little online bingo world. And changes Playtech brought in… Big changes! The online bingo world would never be the same again. Starting with the ‘quick buy’ feature allowing online bingo players to buy several cards at a time with just a click, going on to pop up game schedules showing upcoming bingo games, and introducing chat features, Playtech innovated online bingo.

They added private bingo chat rooms, emoticons, real time help, game histories and trackers, fully customizable dauber options, customizable game settings, scratch cards, embedded slot machines and progressive games.

The next peak they conquered was that of sports. They entered a deal with www.BetWWTS.com (a big name in sports betting), launching their flagship sports betting casino, Bet Casino. They strengthened their position by introducing the first online sports book (licensed and regulated in North America) Sports Interaction Casino.

2004 saw yet another great height scaled – that of poker - the introduction of the iPoker network. It was the first to offer the choice between 2D and 3D view playing modes in one online application. Multiple tournament options; spot-on animation; sturdier and more advanced player collusion prevention tools were all components of this adventure.

Then, in 2005, Playtech released an all-new, customized software package directed at online sportsbook operators. This included virtual horse racing, fresh-from-the-oven fixed odds games, instant flash games, and integrated live scores and odds data tickers. Playtech's expanded internet gaming portfolio now included slot machines, exclusive arcade and card games.

A memorable milestone in the history of Playtech Casinos happened on the 28th of March 2006, when Playtech shares were successfully allowed into the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, valuing Playtech at roughly £548 million. Playtech’s stock is traded under the ticker symbol PTEC. Land has been placed with international institutional investors from both the US and the UK. This shows public endorsement of Playtech's offerings, business model, vision and future prospects.

Playtech Casinos Software
Playtech Casinos is all about choices, whether it be currency (including US Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Euro and Canadian Dollars); versions (casino download or flash casino); modes (real money or play-for-fun); or games (over 100 mind-blowing games, including card games with multi-player and multi-hand, table games, progressives with huge jackpots, video poker with single or multi-lines, slots with single to multi-line to multi-reel and bonus games, plus a host of special games and casino tournaments; and – hold your breath – Blackjack).

Their multi-tiered VIP Loyalty Program (including Refer-a-Friend bonus) and associated rewards bring the player back repeatedly; as do the ability to play live games, with live dealers (blackjack, roulette, baccarat, etc). Add to this – 24/7 support via online live chat, e-mail, and toll-free phone numbers – and you have the recipe for a whale of a good online gambling time.

All casinos using Playtech Casinos’ software grant players access with a single user name and password to ensure convenience. Features like - player comp points, a VIP club, transaction histories, multi-platform compatibility and a multiplayer mode, and offers high visual, animated 2D and 3D graphics, multi-window support, easy payouts, instant cashier window, faster and smaller downloads, auto-play feature, and of course - password recovery possibility – are synonymous with Playtech. The instant messenger and support service introduced by Playtech zoomed them eons ahead of the rest. Awareness of their social responsibility brought into being the compulsive gambling prevention tool.

Playtech Casinos’ affiliate tracking properties (tracking new online casino players before they signed up and began to play) adds to their database of information, helping them to better the online gambling experience. It also offers affiliate management and advertiser tracking programs. This new update allows multilevel marketing ability leading to ten levels deep sub affiliates recruitment.

In 2003 Playtech launched live internet gaming. This included a real time video streamed concept that featured live dealers you could speak with, adding human contact to virtual gambling.

By 2006 Playtech had strongly established itself as a brand worth reckoning for its future vision, creativity, customer focus and innovation. 2006 saw the launch of a new subsidiary - Videobet. Videobet offered an inclusive land-based visual display unit for operators wanting to make their operations more efficient and increase industry performance.

About the Games
Playtech has over a 100 games in its repertoire, each game offering the highest level of authentic casino gambling experience. With full customization (download or Flash; changeable speed, sound effects and screen size) you can’t help but being floored by the though process that has gone into making each game a winner.

Accredited accounting firms supervise every aspect of the Playtech platform (including backend, casino clients, and every game). The monthly payout ratio is continuously tested to match it to average payouts in the industry. Security is another area where Playtech scores high. Playtech uses encrypted communications carried out through secure channels, and they also utilize a backend permission-based accounting system to keep the database secure at all times.

All in all – Playtech shows how an idea can rule the world.