Another Live Dealer Online Casino Studio Is Coming To NJ, But Where Is A Mystery

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Someone is finally going to join Golden Nugget in the realm of live dealer games at NJ online casinos.

The “who” is still a question. But according to live-dealer company Evolution Gaming, it will be launching a product in New Jersey in the second half of 2018, if all goes according to plan.

Live dealer games are online offerings with a dealer running tables games via a physical studio. Bettors can place bets on the games remotely while watching them in real time from their computer or mobile device.

The news from Evolution Gaming

So far, the details are sparse. According to a presentation detailing the company’s Q1 earnings:

New Jersey studio planned for second half 2018

That’s all we got. The earnings call also said we would get more details about the launch of the studio before the end of Q2. So details could be forthcoming within the next month or so.

Evolution makes no reference to which casino the studio will be built in, nor which online casinos it will serve. We also don’t know what they offer, although games such as blackjack, roulette, and baccarat are the most obvious options.

Evolution recently announced its third production hub in Europe, where live dealer games are common at online casinos.

Expanding the live dealer market

Currently, live dealer games are only available at two online casinos in the state: Golden Nugget online casino and Betfair NJ online casino.

The online casinos under the Golden Nugget license currently dominate the industry in NJ, accounting for about one-third of all revenue. GN currently enjoys a huge lead over the rest of the market. It also has continued to expand its offer since launch in 2016.

While that’s not entirely due to the presence of live-dealer games, Golden Nugget has been aggressive in creating the biggest library of games in New Jersey, live dealer included.

Now, someone will finally be ending Golden Nugget’s monopoly on this segment of the market.

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But who?

At this point, it could be anyone. There are currently six casinos in Atlantic City without live dealer studios. And there are two more casinos on the way that will have iGaming — Hard Rock online casino and Ocean Resort Casino.

There are various reasons that many of them could make sense. And Evolution has partnerships already with many of the online casino platforms that serve New Jersey.

The two new casinos could be building studios into their revamped casinos. A smart bet could be the casino owners who will have a presence in both NJ and Pennsylvania; the latter state is likely launching online casinos later this year. The new owner of the Tropicana — Eldorado Resorts — and Harrah’s fit this category.

But for now, we’ll have to wait and see who gets the new live dealer studio.

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Dustin Gouker


Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about online poker and the online gambling industry since 2008.