The Irish bookmaking giant has offered a wide choice of live roulette games via its casino product since 2007, however their recent overhaul elevates them directly to the Premier League of sites that offer hosted online gaming.

Most significantly, Paddy have severed their link with Evolution Gaming and chosen to strengthen their ties with Playtech, who provide their frontline slot and virtual table games.

However, the standard issue lobby that other Playtech casinos get has been ditched in favour of a stately-looking presentation that emphasises the various shades of brown and beige found in Playtech’s Latvian gaming studios. In addition, the thumbnail images generated from the games that are used in the lobby are now augmented with graded gold buttons and gold font, with a finely-textured charcoal background.

The overall effect is a far more regal, yet also contemporary design that steals Paddy Power a considerable march over their rivals, though the visual differences extend beyond the colour scheme:

In common with other forward-thinking live casino operators like 888, Paddy have added their own logo onto the wall of their live roulette rooms, lending them a highly-exclusive feel - although the additional functionality is probably of more interest to serious players:

The live gaming icons for roulette, blackjack, baccarat and casino hold ‘em now show exactly how many players are using each respective gaming area at any given moment, whilst new players who may be unsure about using the lobby can enjoy a 90 second video tour: This gives players an insiders’ view of the Playtech TV studio and showcases the hosts - and if they prove to be of interest there’s even a second video demonstrating a day in the life of a dealer.

A small panel to the left of this keeps players updated with a list of the most recent winners and how much they’ve won, whilst to the right you’ll find a guide to Paddy’s mobile live games: These now cover Apple and Android devices, accessible via both QR code and text – and there’s a demo video to help players use the games as well. editor Tim Crump was quick to praise Paddy Power’s new approach to live gaming, saying

"It was a brave move by Paddy to switch from Evolution to Playtech, but now that the new games and lobby are in place we’d defy anyone to say it wasn’t a good move. Live casinos often get left behind other areas of the gaming sites that offer them as their physical element makes it harder to keep them up to date, but this set of games and their lobby look and play like a 2013 live casino ought to."

To make the live casino even more attractive, Paddy are offering a £10 bonus in exchange for making a £10 deposit and wager, and this cash need only be played through once before it, and any associated winnings, can be withdrawn.

There are now eight live roulette tables at Paddy Power, and despite the upmarket appearance of them, spins can be made from just 50p on both hosted and automatic tables, which is rare: Most hosted tables start from at least £1 a spin, so Paddy are once again proving that whilst they may present their games with as much class as possible, players on all budgets are always welcome.

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