Portomaso Live in a nutshell
Portomaso Live is an online casino based on its plush, brick-and-mortar namesake in Saint Julian’s, Malta. Originally, Portomaso Live was created in 2007 purely as a ‘live’ casino, with the casino action beamed from Malta via a video link to PCs and desktops all over the world.
Since 2009 Portomaso Live has used Italian company Wirex to host their casino platform. Wirex has deals with NetEnt and Amaya, among others, to deliver players a well-rounded gambling experience.
So, does Portomaso Live come anywhere close to the stylish surroundings of Malta’s Portomaso casino? Read on to find out.
What’s the look and feel of Portomaso Live?
Though the Portamaso Live site looks adequate, it’s not the most responsive we’ve encountered, and the game loading times are very slow. If you are going to play at this casino, you are going to need a lot of bandwidth, especially if you want to play live games.
What games are available at Portomaso Live?
The emphasis at Portomaso Live is on live casino games, which, as mentioned above, are beamed via the Wirex platform straight from tables at the Portomaso casino in Malta to your PC.
Only three games are on offer though. There is a single punto banco (baccarat) studio, two blackjack studios and three roulette studios – including one with an automated wheel (no croupier present).
The online games at Portomaso Live come from four sources – Portomaso Gaming, NetEnt, Yggdrasil and Playson. This creates over 100 slots, with a few that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else (check out ‘Manga Girls’ and you’ll maybe see why).
On the non-live tables, all the bases are covered and most of the games are provided by NetEnt with ’60s’ games contributed by Portomaso gaming. There are a handful of video poker options and a few ‘lottery’ games and scratch cards thrown in as well.
The two main providers at the site are NetEnt and Yggdrasil, with able support from Playson and Portomaso Gaming.
All games are played in browser, with no download required.
The mobile version of the site is basically NetEnt Touch, with additions of the Portomaso Gaming slots plus Studio Blackjack and Studio Roulette.
What promotions are available at Portomaso Live?
To get you going, Portomaso Live fronts up a one hundred percent welcome bonus up to €150, coupled with 15 free spins on (virtually) everyone’s favourite slot, Starburst.
You can claim the welcome bonus by depositing as little as €10. It comes with favourable wagering requirements: 35x the bonus amount only. Video poker and all poker related activities do not count towards the wagering requirements.
No single bet can exceed five percent of the total bonus amount. if your bonus is €100, then the maximum single bet you can place is €5. Wagering requirements must be met within thirty days.
Those ten free spins on Starburst will be available within two days, and any winnings will also need wagering 35x.
Free spins are not available to players in Balkan and Baltic states.
Blackjack and punto banco only counts twenty percent towards requirements, while roulette single number roulette bets count twenty five percent. Even money bets don’t contribute anything.
The site holds regular promotions, such as free spins awarded on a weekly basis, and reload bonuses.
There is a loyalty programme as well, where you can earn bonus cash in a traditional comp points scheme.
Payment options are a little limited, but at least all the ‘big’ names are covered. You can use both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, WebMoney, iDeal and Paysafecard, plus bank transfer. The minimum deposit amount is €10, and the maximum is €1,000 per transaction.
Withdrawals can only be made via Visa (for which there is a €5,000 per card per day limit), Skrill, Neteller and bank transfers (for which there is a €5 charge).
The final verdict
So, does Portomaso Live deliver an exciting, authentic gambling experience?
The live casino games are a big perk, and the presence of NetEnt slots is always something to smile about. The rollover on the welcome bonus is modest, but the downside is that no single bet can be more than five percent of the total bonus amount.
There’s a lengthy list of prohibited territories, but if you’re a live casino fan from the UK or Italy, then Portomaso Live comes well-recommended.