Live Dealer Online Casino Games Now Available in Pennsylvania
If you live in Pennsylvania or play at online casinos in Pennsylvania, your online gaming experience is about to get a whole lot better. Evolution Gaming has officially opened its Live Dealer Studio and will offer Live Dealer casino games for three Pennsylvania online casinos.
Evolution Gaming Completes Soft-Launch of Live Dealer Games
Last week, Evolution Gaming became the first Live Dealer game provider in Pennsylvania. The company was promising to open a Live Dealer studio and that studio officially opened last week. They started with a soft launch period at Play SugarHouse, DraftKings, and BetRivers.
The soft launch period ran on October 21 and 22nd and proved successful. As such, Live Dealer games are now available on the aforementioned online casinos. A press release was issued by Rush Street Interactive, owners of BetRivers and Play SugarHouse, regarding the launch. Rush Street Interactive President Richard Schwartz commented on the launch, stating:
“Many online players prefer live dealer options because they watch the action as it happens, which gives them a higher level of trust in the outcome. A live dealer game is the closest you can get online to playing in a land-based casino and we’re thrilled to be the first to offer players in Pennsylvania the opportunity to virtually sit and play on Evolution’s world-renowned live tables.”
Limited Number of Games – For Now
There are only six Live Dealer games presently offered at the casinos. Three are blackjack variants, including Live Dealer Blackjack, Infinite Blackjack, and First Person Blackjack. There are also three roulette games, including Live Dealer Roulette, First Person Roulette, and First Person Lightning Roulette.
Infinite Blackjack will likely prove to be incredibly popular as the game allows for an unlimited number of players at the table. Also, there are lower minimum bets and zero wait time. This is great for those that don’t like the seven-player limitation of most Live Dealer Blackjack games.
You’ll notice three First Person games. First Person games are a bit different than your standard Live Dealer game. Instead of a live dealer, the game defaults to a 3D dealer and computer-generated cards and gambling. However, you can click on a “Go Live” button to play at a live table. This is more for those that want a Live Dealer experience but don’t care if the dealer is human or a computer.
Expect More in the Near Future
While there are only six games offered in the beginning, expect that number to jump drastically in the near future. When Evolution Gaming applied for the license for the Live Dealer studio, they intended to use it for both live and online casinos in the state.
You can expect a wide variety of games to be offered in the future, including games like Texas Hold’em Poker, Side Bet City, and even specialty games like Deal or No Deal Live! Betting limits for games will generally start around $1 per bet and can go up to as much as $500 per bet.
Games Will Not Be Networked
Keep in mind that all online casino gaming in Pennsylvania is ring-fenced. This means all gaming will be intrastate. There are no Live Dealer gaming networks presently in place. Pennsylvania made the tough decision to comply with the current interpretation of the Federal Wire Act. That way, should the US government succeed in its appeal, PA will be able to continue operating its games.
Evolution Gaming presently operates in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They are the only Live Dealer operator in New Jersey as they acquired NJ competitor Ezugi. Soon, the company will operate in Michigan as they will be launching online casino gaming soon. Evolution plans to open a Michigan studio in early 2021.