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A Closer Look at RealTime Gaming
 
by Stuart Kernaghan

RealTime Gaming has grown steadily since it entered the casino software business in 1998, but 2002 has been the company’s busiest year ever. One look at everything that’s coming out of the RealTime Gaming studios will tell you that. RealTime has carried on its tradition of delivering a top-quality, realistic gaming experience with the release of its Version 2.0 casino software package. This is its ninth casino release in less than two years, and the added features in each new version are attracting more and more players. The highlight of this latest package is the choice of five different Blackjack games.

Blackjack has always been a casino standard, but Version 2.0 takes the game to the next level with the introduction of Caribbean 21, Super 21, Face-Up 21, Pontoon, and Match Play 21. Each game has its own unique bonus opportunities and new rules that allow you to double down more often, split any two cards in some games, win with special card combinations, and play with both dealer cards face-up.

Multi-player Texas Hold ’Em and bingo will also make an appearance in the RealTime stable of games. Players told RealTime they were tired of needing multiple casino accounts to play all their favorite games, and the new software addresses that concern. “We want to give the players as many choices as they want when it comes to games, but we also want to make their account management as simple as possible,” says Michael Staw, president of RealTime Gaming.

The new releases are backed up by an excellent selection of table games, which include both single-zero and double-zero roulette, four types of poker (Caribbean Stud, Let ’Em Ride, Tri-Card and Pai Gow, and Texas Hold ’Em), War, and Red Dog. Graphics in the games are sharp and small touches like easy-to-read pay tables make for an enjoyable playing experience.

RealTime wanted to make sure Video Poker fans didn’t feel left out, so Mystery Bonus Poker has been added to the list of sixteen classic and bonus VP games currently available. You can also try your luck at one of the eight different slots games, five of which are casino-specific progressives, if that’s your thing.

Speaking of progressives, the other big news from RealTime is the launch of its own cross-casino progressive games. The games have only been live for a few weeks, but a lucky player has already won $62,478.80 on a ten-dollar bet at WindowsCasino.com (www.windowscasino.com) when he drew a Royal Flush. RealTime’s progressives link forty casinos, so the jackpots grow quickly, and you can play either Caribbean Stud or Let ’Em Ride for a chance to win some serious cash.

Customer service and satisfaction is a priority for RealTime, and with that in mind, it recently signed a partnership deal with NETeller. Players can now use their NETeller account to transfer money into and out of their casino account at any RealTime licensee, which is great news for everyone who needs more deposit options.

RealTime Gaming is already working on its next software version, which will include a redesigned lobby menu and new multi-player games, so don’t be surprised if Version 2.1 is up and running by the time you read this.

This story was first published in the Winter 2002-2003 issue of Gambling Times Magazine.

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