Evolution Live Dealer Gets Green Light, Goes Live At Hard Rock Online Casino

Posted By Steve Ruddock on August 16, 2018

Since its launch in August 2016, the Ezugi live dealer studio at Golden Nugget has had a monopoly in the NJ online casino market.

That changed on Thursday when Evolution Gaming got the regulatory thumbs up. Games will be streamed from its live dealer studio at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Most of the Evolution live dealer games are shared player pools, but there are some exclusive tables.

Evolution has entered into a handful of partnerships with New Jersey online casino operators:

One of those online casinos went live with Evolution live dealer games on Thursday evening: Hard Rock online casino.

Live dealer games at Hard Rock online

Evolution’s partnership with Hard Rock AC was announced on Aug. 9.

“As well as building Atlantic City’s premier destination casino, we want Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City to be the number one online destination for New Jersey players,” said Lee Terfloth, Director of Product, iGaming, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, said in a press release. “Evolution is the ideal partner to help us achieve that. They have a proven track record in multiple European markets that they are the Live Casino leaders.”

Evolution games went live at Hard Rock online casino on Thursday. The games available at Hard Rock include:

  • American (Double Zero) Roulette
  • Automated Slingshot Roulette
  • Blackjack (with side bets and Bet Behind, including three exclusive Hard Rock tables)
  • Baccarat
  • Three Card Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker
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More live dealer games at NJ online casinos

But Hard Rock online casino is just the beginning. 888 Casino, Ocean Resort Casino, and SugarHouse online all have deals in place to offer Evolution live dealer games.

888 Casino became Evolution’s first official New Jersey partner. The deal isn’t too surprising, considering the two companies have a long relationship in other jurisdictions across the globe. Ocean Resort Casino followed suit in July.

“Adding Evolution’s world-class Live Casino to our service for both on-property and remote players is another key ingredient in making Ocean Resort Casino a standout destination,” said Frank Leone, Ocean Resort Casino CEO, in a press release. “We have the most amazing location and on-property attractions and will also have a superb online offering that will include not only Live Casino but also Live Sports Betting. Added to that, our Ocean Premier loyalty program will reward players with a great set of benefits when they play both in the casino and online.”

Golden Nugget better watch out

Golden Nugget online casino started the live dealer movement in New Jersey in 2016. Its studio was the only show in town, and the result was a popular array of games, , and a boost in revenue. Golden Nugget started sharing its live dealer studio in 2017. The first deal Golden Nugget signed was with its partner gambling site, Betfair in May. That was followed by a deal with one of its competitors, Borgata, in April 2018.

Golden Nugget has never relinquished its top spot in monthly revenue reports since overtaking Borgata in October 2016. In July, the casino became the first to reach $9 million in online revenue.

The popularity of live dealer games is spreading, and only time will tell whether the casino can withstand the new competition coming at it from all sides.

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Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.

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