Evolution Revolution: Live Dealer Games Kick Into Gear At 888 Casino NJ

Posted By Joss Wood on August 17, 2018 - Last Updated on October 9, 2020

New Jersey’s enthusiasm for online live dealer casino action continues as 888 Casino NJ launches its version of the games through its partner Evolution Gaming.

Players at 888 Casino can now play with a live dealer on the following games:

  • American (Double Zero) Roulette
  • Blackjack with side bets and Bet Behind
  • Three Card Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Hold ’em Poker
  • Baccarat

Live dealer games add to the online experience

Pure online players may ask themselves “what’s the point?” but for a sizeable demographic of players more used to playing at Atlantic City casinos, live dealer games can be less intimidating than their online equivalents.

Live dealer games mean you can see the cards being dealt, or watch a real ball spin in a real roulette wheel. There are plenty of players who find that this adds to their enjoyment of the game as well as giving them confidence that the game is being run fairly.

The other big benefit of an online live dealer game is that the game retains more of its social aspect. Not only can you chat with the dealer and other players, but the dealer chats back.

The pleasure of a win is enhanced, and the pain of a loss is reduced by sharing the experience with a human being rather than an impersonal random number generator.

888 is partnered with Evolution

The infrastructure underlying the new service has been developed by Evolution, a longtime 888 partner in its European and global markets.

When the introduction of live dealer games was first announced by 888 Casino in New Jersey, Chief Operating Officer Itai Pazner commented:

“888 is committed to growing in regulated markets and has expanded in the US over the last five years. We see the addition of Evolution’s live casino to 888casino as an excellent growth opportunity, and it will allow us to offer even more entertaining products to customers across their favorite 888 sites.”

James Stern, Evolution Gaming’s director of business development, added:

“888 and Evolution have a long-standing and successful relationship. Working together so closely has already resulted in 888 being first to market in a number of other jurisdictions.

“Both of our companies approach each new market in a very systematic way to mitigate risk and maximize the opportunity for success. New Jersey is no different. Certainly, from Evolution’s perspective, the time is now right, and we are delighted to be working with 888’s New Jersey team.”

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888 is entering a competitive market

But here’s the kicker: NJ online casinos have already had the chance to play live dealer games for some time, and their success has encouraged other operators as well as 888 to get in the game.

The trend began with Golden Nugget online casino, which launched its live dealer baccarat, roulette and blackjack games in August 2016. It has since been joined by:

And as of Aug. 16, Hard Rock Casino NJ.

That’s another feather in the cap for Evolution Gaming, which has partnerships in place with other online casinos in New Jersey including Ocean Resort Casino and SugarHouse.

Hard Rock casino online has gone live with a slightly different selection of live dealer games than 888, and the personality of the two offerings will distinguish them from each other.

Evolution’s live studio has scope to expand

Players interested in how this whole live dealer thing works should know that Evolution has established a live casino production studio in New Jersey at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

The NJ facility is the 10th that Evolution has set up worldwide and offers “a state-of-the-art B2B Live Casino solution for multiple operators wishing to offer world-class Live Casino gaming to online players on desktop, tablet and smartphone.”

The studio has been launched with 10 online live tables with scope for expansion. Evolution CEO Martin Carlesund explained:

“Now we have a fantastic Live Casino studio in New Jersey — with a wide choice of live games from day one, and ample room for expansion and the rapid ramping up of services to meet our new US licensees’ needs. We are now extremely well placed to support our licensees as they acquire and grow market share in the exciting new US Live Casino market.”

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Though Joss Wood's primary focus is on international regulated online gambling markets, he also follows the legal New Jersey online gambling industry and writes extensively about sports betting. Previously he worked as the editor of Poker Industry Pro, worked in business and finance, and played online poker professionally for seven years.

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