SuperCasino is a brand UK residents might recognise even if you’ve never gambled online; that’s because it broadcasts live on Channel 5 every night with live-host roulette games that you can play either online or by telephone.
But while it is thought of as a roulette-based brand by many late-night viewers, online it is a fully fledged casino with a broad Playtech-powered live-host suite of games including blackjack, baccarat and, of course, more roulette tables.
Register an account and you can play either online, or during the television broadcasts, making this a truly unique multi-platform offering. You can even play online by visiting the normal SuperCasino website from an Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad and downloading the SuperCasino app giving you instant access.
Unlike some of the live roulette games, which are done in conjunction with the SuperCasino TV show, the live blackjack games here are provided by Playtech. The major benefit of this is that you always know that you’re going to get high quality and stable streams as well as safe and fair play.
It would make a nice change for the blackjack games to be playable alongside the TV show but there must not be as much of a demand for it. Still, with betting limits that range from £5 all the way up to £500, there’s plenty of live blackjack action to get stuck into at SuperCasino. Plus, if you happen to catch the casino on a good day then you could even end up playing on the unlimited blackjack tables.
SuperCasino runs all the usual casino table games, card games, slots and arcade games that you might expect to find at an online casino; it also has two slightly different live offerings.
These include autowheel roulette tables, which use a real-life but automated wheel, as well as a live stream of the roulette wheel shown each night on Channel 5 in the UK.
Along with these, there are Playtech-powered live-dealer tables for blackjack, baccarat and roulette that are unique to the SuperCasino website, allowing you to play with a live host even when the Channel 5 broadcast is off the air.
Navigating the site is easy enough, especially once you’re into the Playtech software – simply click on the menu option at the bottom-right to move between live tables, or use the links up top to switch to a non-live section of games.
When choosing a live game to play, take some time to familiarise yourself with the various options available to you. You can search for your favourite dealer, or for parameters specific to the tables, such as the betting limits.
Once you’re ‘seated’ at a table, you should be able to interact directly with the dealer; they will usually do everything from guiding you through each hand or spin, to making small talk about where you’re from.
SuperCasino’s promotions span all of its games – not all of which are hosted by live dealers – but you can use your bonus credit on the live games too.
Register on certain nights and you will receive £10 of free credit; at the time of writing, this applied between 9pm and 4am every night of the week, and was scheduled to last at least until the end of February 2013.
You can also earn a 100% deposit match on your first payment into a funded account, up to a maximum of £200. You’ll need to play through the bonus credit a certain number of times before you can withdraw it, but if you keep winning, eventually it will turn into real cash in your account balance.
SuperCasino’s live roulette dealers are probably some of the best-known in the UK, thanks to the website’s tie-in with the late-night Channel 5 live casino show.
Like many other live online casinos, though, the other games are actually provided by Playtech, one of the most respected names in the industry – and you can tell the scale of Playtech’s operation as soon as you log into a room, from the number of other live dealers you can see in the background running tables of their own.
Playtech’s service is substantial and runs smoothly, with subtle extra touches like instant automatic recognition of the cards dealt to you in blackjack, and an automatic zoom in on the actual wheel in roulette, allowing you to see where the real-life ball lands, and not just rely on the result displayed at the top-right.
In addition to the below, there are also ‘unlimited blackjack’ rooms, although these are not open as often.