PartyCasino has been an established online casino brand for over 20 years, but its live casino offering was only launched very recently.
The Clubhouse is a new and exclusive venture with award-winning provider Evolution Gaming and features dozens of games and tables which can be accessed via desktop or through two downloadable apps for smartphone and tablet.
How does this new live casino compare to the competitors on the market? Let's dust off the evening wear and head into the studio to find out.
|Huge selection of over 70 live casino tables||No welcome bonus tailored to live casino players|
|Big stakes games to suit VIPs and high rollers||Casino's VIP scheme is invite only|
|Excellent mobile apps for Android and iOS devices|
There is currently no dedicated welcome bonus for live casino players at PartyCasino. However, new sign-ups can take advantage of free bonus spins on selected slots, as well as a deposit match worth 100%.
It's simple to get up and running at PartyCasino's live casino. You will need to select a preferred currency and current country of residence when you start the sign-up process.
There are no free-play games on the live casino lobby, so you will need to make a deposit to access any of the 70+ tables.
You may need to supply some form of photo ID and a recent utility bill in order to make a first withdrawal. But this demonstrates the level of security and reputation of the PartyCasino site.
We made a first deposit with a VISA card, and the verification process was pretty quick. A simple check is made against the card's registered address to ensure you are a genuine customer.
To play live casino games at PartyCasino, you will need to make a real money deposit. Luckily, PartyCasino permits a wide range of banking options.
Major bank cards like Maestro, VISA and MasterCard are accepted, as well as e-Wallet solutions like Neteller and Skrill. There are no fees when making deposits and you can usually load up as little as NZ$10 in a single transaction.
Cash-out requests usually take around 3-5 working days, and PartyCasino operates a strict net deposits rule. You can only withdraw to the same card or e-Wallet you used to make a deposit with during the previous six months.
You can play live casino games at PartyCasino through a regular web browser without the need for download. However, there is a new downloadable client for PCs which gives you a little more of a solid game experience.
Games are provided by Ezugi and Evolution Gaming, both of which use internet browsers to stream games. You will need to have a video card installed to run games, and a high-speed internet connection is advisable. Don't forget to turn your speakers up high to hear the dealers.
We did find the desktop live casino lobby a little cumbersome. Only when you open an Evolution Gaming game and exit are you brought to a detailed game lobby featuring the developer's game.
Alternatively, you can simply access games through the regular lobby but these tabs don't feature a list of min/max stakes.
PartyCasino live casino now has dedicated download apps for both iOS and Android devices. iOS players can download the native app for free from the iTunes Store, while Android players can get an 8MB .apk file direct from Google Play or the PartyCasino site.
If you are on an Android device, you will need to allow apps from Unknown Sources to run on your device. iOS players can also set their devices to use Touch ID or Face ID login. Alternatively, you can log in to the live casino using your usual desktop login details.
You can actually run an instant-play client through your tablet too, although we felt that the native app was better suited to smaller portable devices.
The handy side tab on the left of the screen lets you get to the homepage, cashier, or your account with a single tap. You can also choose from a drop-down menu with features like recent statistics, favourite bets, limits & payouts for your game, and the cashier.
When using a larger tablet, we found the mobile experience to be pretty similar to the desktop one in terms of lobby layout and game access. The mobile apps are certainly designed to be used in landscape mode, however, if you want to avoid having to scroll through all the available games.
There are over 70 games available in the live casino at PartyCasino. While some classic games are supplied by Ezugi, the addition of Evolution Gaming has made a massive improvement to PartyCasino's site.
The lobby filters games by type (Roulette, Blackjack, poker, baccarat, Sic Bo, and game shows) and min/max stakes. You can also follow the live streams in mini-windows in the lobby before committing to a game.
Whether you are on a download client or playing through a browser, the HD live streams were smooth through our fibre-optic broadband connection. The quality of the broadcast wasn't quite as good on mobile. We did feel that some of the sound quality could have been improved, however, as we found it hard to hear some of the dealers.
On desktop and mobile, you can switch easily between Classic and Immersive views on many games. There are also handy tabs that let you access game histories, live chat, or the cashier.
Overall, the live dealers at PartyCasino are friendly and helpful and keep up a good rapport with the players. Every dealer answered our questions about the gameplay quickly, and most managed to keep the games fun.
There is a fairly even mix of male and female croupiers across all games. As well as English-speaking dealers, PartyCasino's live casino has dedicated Greek, German, and Turkish-speaking croupiers on some roulette games.
There are 25 roulette tables in the PartyCasino lobby, most broadcast from studios. However, you can also bet on wheels in land-based casinos like Dragonara Casino in Malta.
Classic variants like European Roulette can be played for NZ$1-NZ$10,000, but there is also a range of Auto-Roulette games that use mechanical wheels and no dealer.
High rollers can enjoy the Salon Prive Roulette tables, with stakes ranging from NZ$100-NZ$10,000. The dealers tend to be more glamourous on these tables too.
Our favourite game is Evolution's Lightning Roulette. Broadcast from a dedicated live casino studio, this game features bonus numbers that are hit by lightning and pay out 50x-500x if they land on the wheel. The dealer is a little more animated and responds well to any chatbox messages.
There are eight live blackjack variants in the PartyCasino live dealer lobby. In reality, though, there are well over 60 tables to sit down at, with an enormous variety of stakes available.
Clubhouse Blackjack is the latest addition to the range. It's an exclusive selection of multi-player games for PartyCasino with betting limits starting at NZ$10. You can pick from male and female English-speaking dealers in games that boast the same deal speeds as at land-based casinos.
Blackjack Party (NZ$5-NZ$1,000) is a fun addition that lets you sit down alongside five fellow players. The novelty of Blackjack Party is the dual hosts that sit at the table, exchanging pleasantries while you gamble. This might not be the live casino blackjack game for you if you don't want to hear the dealers chatting.
Look out too for Party Exclusive Blackjack from Evolution Gaming. The game had easily the most helpful dealers, a superb HD quality stream, and the ability to bet behind on other players.
There are around 15 live baccarat tables in the PartyCasino lobby, with stakes ranging from NZ$1 to NZ$15,000. The Big Road is displayed on-screen at all times, displaying previous results.
Evolution's Super Sic Bo is a live casino dice game where you place bets on the outcome of three dice. Bets start at just NZ$0.20 but the studio setting is beautiful.
Casino poker games are a new addition to the PartyCasino live dealer lobby. There is a single table each of Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Casino Hold'em, and Caribbean Stud Poker.
Evolution Gaming's new Side Bet City takes place in a neon-soaked set. You place bets on the outcome of a 3-card, 5-card, and 7-card poker hand. Special payouts are made based on the quality of the hands.
The highlight of Evolution Gaming's lobby is the Game Shows section. There is a regular Dream Catcher money wheel game with prizes up to 40x your stake. MONOPOLY Live is a branded Dream Catcher game where you get paid out depending on the outcome of the wheel.
While some live casinos keep their betting limits restrictively high, PartyCasino actually manages to cater for a wide range of budgets.
Lightning Roulette can be played for as little as NZ$0.20 a spin but the max bet of NZ$10,000 will keep the high rollers entertained. Most Auto Roulette games are available at NZ$0.20-NZ$10,000. Salon Prive Roulette has a more exclusive feel and allows bets starting from NZ$100.
You can filter the blackjack games by stake level (NZ$0.50-NZ$5, NZ$10-NZ$50, NZ$100+, etc), and undoubtedly the biggest action can be found in the VIP section.
The highest stakes are reserved for baccarat players. Salon Prive Baccarat has a minimum stake of NZ$1,000 per hand.
Unfortunately, we were unable to gain an invite to the exclusive PartyCasino VIP Program, so we were unable to take much of a peek behind the curtain. While there's sure to be tailored promotions and bonuses, having access to it as invite only is a slight knock.
Blackjack Fortune VIP has bets of NZ$250-NZ$20,000, while Blackjack Grand VIP starts at NZ$500 a hand.
The highest stakes are reserved for baccarat players. Salon Prive Baccarat has a minimum stake of NZ$1,000 per hand.
PartyCasino offers excellent 24-hour support to all its live casino players. Email support is provided 24/7, but there's a handy on-site contact form as well. Live chat is the best option and is manned by helpful and friendly staff.
Like all PartyGaming sites, PartyCasino's live casino has an excellent Help section which lists answers to most common player queries.
PartyCasino takes its duty to players seriously. Every live casino game has an on-screen link that takes you straight to PartyCasino's responsible gambling homepage.
Here you will find a comprehensive list of Problem Gambling charities and organisations, as well as useful links to download gambling software blockers.
Using the on-site Gambling Controls page, you can set daily, weekly or monthly limits in case your live casino play is getting out of hand. PartyCasino also allows self-exclusion on request.
It's no surprise that PartyCasino have been winning awards for their online casino operation. With slick download and no-download software, as well as hundreds of games, PartyCasino are racing ahead of the pack.
With a new and exclusive live casino offering, PartyCasino are now taking on the best sites in that department too. The range of live dealer games is superb, and low-stakes players aren't excluded by the betting limits either.
A dedicated live casino bonus offer would have been an advantage, but this is a minor grumble. Pick your favourite croupier and try PartyCasino's live dealer site now.Visit PartyCasino Live Casino
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