Ocean Resort Casino, the newest kid on the Atlantic City block, is moving to launch live dealer games soon. This past week, the casino partnered with Evolution Gaming to bring the gaming provider’s suite of live dealer games to the floor.
Ocean Resort hopes to launch the studio games in Q3 2018. The offering will include live tables in a studio and an on-the-floor Dual Play Roulette game.
The games that Evolution will provide include the following:
- American Roulette
- Slingshot Roulette
- Blackjack, including the following side bets:
- Perfect Pairs
- Bet Behind
- Dual Play Roulette (on the gaming floor)
- Three Card Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
The next step in the live dealer revolution
It’s no surprise that Ocean Resort online casino is getting into the live dealer sphere. Online live dealer games have been nothing short of a paradigm shift in the New Jersey online gaming market.
Live dealer games launched in New Jersey in August 2016. Golden Nugget and Betfair launched a limited set of games in a limited time slot. Since then, the number of games, the types of games, and the hours of operation at both sites have only increased in the two years of operation.
Obviously, the experiment was an overwhelming success. Golden Nugget claimed the title as top website in the state shortly afterward and has never relinquished it.
In fact, Golden Nugget is so dominant that its revenue surpasses its two closest competitors — combined. According to NJ online casino revenue numbers from June 2018, Golden Nugget enjoys a 40 percent share of the market.
Ocean Resort floats live casino across the pond, too
According to Golden Nugget management, its rise is directly attributable to the live dealer suite. Back in January 2018, online gaming supervisor Thomas Winter told NJ Gambling Sites:
“Out of our top 10 games in wagering, four are live dealer games,” he said. He went on to say that live dealer games have increased online table game revenue by 150 percent.
So, Ocean Resort online would like to tap into that stream. The only other live dealer offering in New Jersey now is Borgata, who launched its studio this year. 888 Casino is expected to launch live dealer games later this summer.
However, Ocean Resort’s deal with Evolution will also pay dividends overseas. By virtue of Evolution’s network of European licensees, Ocean Resort will offer Dual Play Roulette across the pond.
Ocean Resort continues to accumulate partnerships
The new casino’s deal with Evolution Gaming is the latest in a string of them for the fledgling property. As with any large, multi-faceted business, the ninth Atlantic City casino wants to offer patrons a variety of experiences, both on and off the gaming floor.
This week, ORC partnered with gaming provider SportAd to offer FastFantasy, a hybrid sports betting/fantasy sports parlay game to patrons. Its online casino, which comes through a partnership with GAN, soft-launched last week.
William Hill is even running Ocean Resort’s sportsbook. The debut of the full book is still forthcoming but is likely only weeks away.
So, Ocean Resort will likely continue to find strategic partnerships to add value. Hopefully, all the new faces will also help the new casino through any growing pains.