Blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette – these are four of the most prototypical casino games that connect millions of casino enthusiasts. But popular as these classic table games are, poker remains king.
Poker has endured a few changes over the years, with gaming developers inventing multiple variants of what was once a pretty straightforward game with a fixed set of rules.
Ambitious software companies have leveraged the game’s adaptability to create engaging new versions, which have amassed their own following over the years.
Without further ado, here’s a shortlist of some of the best developers of online poker tables working today.
Evolution Gaming provides a host of both live and random number generator (RNG) table games, but live gaming is the area where they excel.
Evolution has for years been the preeminent producer of classic and variations of blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and poker.
As far poker goes, Evolution has multiple proprietary, world-first poker tables that no other provider offers. Their poker collection numbers at least ten different live dealer poker games variants, including 2-Hand Casino Hold’em, Side Bet City poker, Caribbean Stud with a progressive jackpot, etc.
With over 600 casino games to its name, Playtech is surely among the biggest developers of slots and live and RNG table games.
Playtech is one of few live casino developers that can rival Evolution, though, with regards to poker, Evolution is still unrivaled.
Yet Playtech provides an immersive poker experience through their iPoker network, which gathers tens of thousands of poker fans under one roof.
Playtech poker selection, like that of Evolution’s, includes both classic live poker and several variations. Several variants worth mentioning include Twister and Wild Twister, Six Plus Hold ‘em, Sit & Go.
Ezugi is one of the hidden gems of the iGaming software development industry. But low-key as they are, their live casino products are increasingly finding their way to top online casinos.
Ezugi’s live casino inventory provides an excellent range of classic and alternative versions of Baccarat, roulette, and blackjack.
The company does not have as many live poker tables as Evolution or Playtech, but where they lack in quantity, they make up in quality. Their poker selection includes vivid tables for 3-Card Poker and Casino Hold’em, a slightly different version than the popular Texas Hold’em. Both games can be played at any time of day and include interesting in-game functions and options like side bets and enhanced payouts.
A developer that needs no introduction, Microgaming is perhaps best known for its production of innovative online slot machines.
As far as live poker is concerned, Microgaming has somehow fallen behind competitors like Evolution. But they still provide a great choice of first-class RNG poker rooms and video poker games. Microgaming’s poker catalog is a mixed bag of 3-Card Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Multi-Hand High-Speed Poker, Caribbean Draw Poker, Joker Poker, Double Joker Poker, etc.
Another familiar name in online gambling circles, NetEnt, like Microgaming, is mostly associated with its highly diverse choice of slots.
While NetEnt’s poker selection is rather limited, it does feature a vivid 52-card classic Texas Hold ‘Em table. Additionally, NetEnt supplies casinos with multiple popular variants of video poker such as Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and All American Double Up, among other options. Please note that NetEnt was bought by Evolution Gaming in December 2020, further bolstering the latter’s dominance in the live poker software sector.