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Today, we are proud to introduce our friend and a fellow iGaming enthusiast Neil Walker from Live Casino Comparer.
Our guest has been enthusiastic about casino card games for around 30 years now. Although he wouldn’t call himself an avid gambler, his contribution to live gaming is immeasurable. What his “Comparer” brings to the table cannot be compared to anything any gambling-related expert is doing right now.
That’s why we get considerable pleasure from bringing you an exclusive interview with the man himself.
Join us as we talk about Neil’s online gaming journey, his favourite games, and how to play as well as he does.
You’re so kind, thank you. I’m Neil and I consider myself just an ordinary bloke who likes to gamble a bit. What started as a hobby of wanting to learn more about gambling online with live dealers has turned into a full-time, job, where I test, compare and comment on all things to do with live casino games. My aim is to provide factual information to players and also help the software developers make better games that we can play, by providing them with feedback on what’s good and what’s not so good with their games.
Land-based gaming has always been a treat for me. I don’t play that often now, so whether it’s going to Las Vegas or to a casino in London, I enjoy the anticipation of going as much as the evenings I spend on the tables. I approached online gambling at first with some caution, more out of curiosity than having any firm plans to play online. Only when I started doing my own research and experimenting with different games did I become a fan. I play on average once a week for my pleasure and other times when I’m testing or reviewing games – buts that work so is different.
I’m a card player at heart so Blackjack will always be my go-to game if I want long playing sessions. I love Ultimate Texas Hold’em, unfortunately it doesn’t love me so much. I have better luck in a land-based casino than I do online.
Currently, I enjoy playing Crazy Time. I have it on in the background in Auto Play mode, just to see if I can get one of the large multiplier wins. It’s not happened yet. I have good sessions and lousy sessions – that’s the nature of gambling! This game though is genius.
Evolution, Playtech and Pragmatic Play will dominate. Evo and Playtech more so because of what they are doing in the USA. They will continue to dominate the markets.
I’d keep your eye on On Air Entertainment. The people behind it know what they are doing so I expect some quality stuff from them. StakeLogic is also another newcomer worth keeping an eye out for. There are loads of live casino providers, with new ones popping up every month. There is clearly a strong market out there.
Evolution is the gold standard when it comes to live games. The quality of what they produce is second to none and the pace at which they can develop new games is impressive. They are perfectionists when it comes to the playing experience, so are always tinkering with games to improve them. I can’t fault their games. I don’t like some of them and I think they have lost some of the personal touches at the tables, which some of the smaller providers can exploit.
The presentation of the game, the studio, graphics and even game concept is great. I’ve played it a bit, and go back once in a while to try it again. However, It’s not a game that resonates with me. It’s too basic to hold my imagination for very long and it doesn’t excite me as other games in this niche do.
The best thing is the ability to cash out, with half or all your money. With such a high RTP it’s possible to build a winning balance slowly, but you have to grind it out and not take risks. This, however, makes the game boring and not how most players will play.
They are both presenter-led games – but Crazy Time is in a league of its own. I think any game in this genre is going to have difficulty in competing. Crazy Time creates hope and disappointment with every spin, it plays with your emotions, building you up to come crashing down!. COC doesn’t do that, as the player you have the control and while this may seem great it takes the edge away from the game, imo.
These are gambling games, so expect to lose over the long term. There are certain strategies you can use to help you keep your bankroll for longer, but none will ever be able to guarantee wins. As the saying goes, “you have to be in it to win it”, so I use strategies that try and deliver that.
I like Golden Wealth Baccarat. The speed of the game is good and I like you get 5 opportunities for multipliers each game round.
I’ve read up on Lightning Blackjack and listened to Todd talk about what they wanted from the game. As a player, the concept sounds interesting, but I think I will be one of the few that say they don’t like the game. I don’t like the way they have integrated the multipliers and how you qualify for a payout, it’s not in the spirit of Blackjack and I think regular players will quickly see that. It will of course be very popular, but I won’t be playing it on regular basis.
Multipliers certainly have their place now. If you have a game and it doesn’t have that option you’re not going to compete. There is always a price to pay for multipliers. They don’t just give them out. The games are bastardized in some way to accommodate them. Most of the time it’s not for the good of the game. I think the variants of Blackjack are good – anything that comes from land-based is tried and tested, so I like it when those games appear. The Infinite games are also very good, although I don’t like playing with Auto-Shufflers so I steer away from those games.
I really don’t like Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt – it’s not one thing or another, so misses on a lot of levels. Bac Bo I haven’t seen yet, so will reserve my opinions until it’s out.
I think we have covered them all already!
There will always be a place for the standard core games. Innovation is needed and I love it when something new comes out. Even though I don’t like Gonzo, it’s a step forward in trying something new. I think the future is social engagement with players. I’d love to see the same type of vibe you get with a multi-player Call of Duty type game in online gambling. I’d like to see more games of Skill rather than games of chance, so you get rewarded for good play. I like the social and immersive feel of gaming so if that could be bottled and used in live online gambling that would be great.
I’m both; I can’t review properly if I don’t play. After all, my reviews are not aimed at the industry they are aimed at players for the players. I try to be as honest as I can. I offer constructive criticism when it’s needed. People spend ages and a lot of money making these games, and they are rightly proud of them. I hope my feedback helps shape the next games they make. But, my opinion is only my opinion; you don’t have to agree with me.
Not really, I think we covered most things. I’d like to add that playing live games should be fun. The price of that fun is your bankroll. If you lose it all, just make sure you had fun while doing it. Don’t chase your losses. Some of the games are designed to keep you playing, just be careful, stick to your budget and enjoy yourself.
Thank you for setting the time aside to talk to us; it’s been a pleasure. We’d welcome an opportunity to chat with you again soon.