Jan 26

Vivo Gaming boasts new interface on Live Roulette for mobile.

Vivo Gaming Mobile Live Casino with Live Roulette for MobileLive dealer has been one of the fastest growing verticals in the online gambling industry. Most companies deeply embedded in the business for the last decade are performing exceptionally well, investing in innovations to better their products. Vivo Gaming is, well… trying to be one of them.

Launched in 2010, they have the longevity and experience to be a high-profile rival in the industry. However, they’ve made quite a few mistakes over the years. Perhaps this latest announcement of an updated, more user friendly product will mark a turn-around for their business model and reputation.

With that being said, Vivo is introducing a new Live roulette mobile interface. This new tech is developed in HTML5 for universal device compatibility, offering players a more versatile and customizable experience.

New Interface on Live Roulette for Mobile

Vivo Gaming Live Roulette for MobileVivo Gaming has given their existing live roulette tables a complete makeover. The interface has a whole new graphic scheme that is more crisp and easy on the eyes. By default, the table’s digital betting diagram takes up the majority of the screen on mobile devices. However, it now comes with a floating, resizable window to view the live action from their studios in… um, wherever they are. They don’t actually divulge that information.

According to a company press release, the new interface also provides for all possible side bets, including those found on traditional French roulette tables. The new games have already been integrated at Vivo’s existing live casino clients.

Vivo Gaming is preparing to debut its fresh live casino product portfolio at ICE 2018 in London next month. They’re surely hoping to attract a wider variety of partners, with the “super light” software application as a prominent selling point.

“We are happy to present our super light roulette application, that supports all mobile devices available including widescreen and has all Improved full screen handling in iOS and Android,” said… someone quoted in the press release. In 8 years of operation, they’ve never revealed who owns or manages Vivo Gaming, either.

“The Vivo Tech Team is always motivated to come up with solutionsthat supports our partners and allies with our best side of tech capacity,” the mystery quotation continues. “Altogether, considering the design, game options, optimized light version, we believe we are currently offering one of the Best Mobile Roulette this year”.

Lack of Transparency, Lack of Trust

I have a hard time speaking positively of a brand that is so clandestine about their operations. They claim multiple times on their website to host “studios from around the world”, but never say where they host them from.

We do know that one streams live from the Naka Palace Entertainment Hotel Resort in Laos (Southeast Asia). We have to assume there are more. Vivo claims its “operations fall under strict regulation of some of the world leading land based casino”, and Naka Palace can’t possibly fit that description.

The live casino operator does seem to have one of the most extensive game varieties in the live arena, if their textual bragging can be believed. There’s no evidence on the website – no demos, pictures, or videos that exhibit live craps – to back up the claims.

I spent quite some time searching through dozens of online casinos this morning that employ Vivo software. I finally managed to find one that displays an image of Live Casino Craps on its menu. Of course, that site is licenced in Curacao – as is Vivo Gaming (that’s the only thing they disclose) – so I didn’t bothering signing up an account to find out if it’s true. Being “regulated” in “Curacao” is kind of a contradiction in terms.

If nothing else, there’s one thing I can say for Vivo Gaming. What they lack in transparency, they make up for in boastful marketing. Hopefully their desire to go big at ICE 2018 with the new product line and interface on live roulette for mobile will drive them to become more transparent in their future endeavors.

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Dec 29

How live dealer gambling got faster, glitzier and more progressive in 2017.

Each and every year, new and innovative concepts make their way into the Live Casino sector of online gaming. The companies who develop the software and manage the studios for these real-life, internet-based gambling platforms are always looking to bring something new to the table.

A new game here, a renovation there, a more lucrative prize at the end of the virtual rainbow. Whatever it may be, these innovations often kindle the admiration of the gambling masses. When you look back at an entire year’s worth of advancements, it’s awe-inspiring indeed.

Live Dealer Gambling 2017 to 2018

The new year is upon us. In two days, we’ll be sipping champagne and smooching our significant others as we ring in 2018. For now, let’s glimpse back in time at live dealer games, and what their prodigal founders brought to the table in 2017.

Progress of Live Dealer Gambling in 2017

I’m always astounded by the extent of upgrades and ingenuity that take place over a year’s time, especially in this industry. 2016 was a stellar year for live casino games, but 2017 trumps it by leaps and bounds. As usual, there was an expansion of game variety. More impressive, however, over the last twelve months, live casinos got faster, glitzier and much more progressive.

Speeding Up Live Dealer Games

Evolution Gaming was responsible for much of the innovation in the live casino sector. Things moved rapidly in 2017 – pun intended! In February, Evolution led the charge with the introduction of Speed Baccarat.

These new tables gave players the option to participate in the fastest baccarat hands known to live gaming. On average, each hand lasts around 10 seconds, with a max 20 second wait period for bet placement. The tables were well received, and by June, Evolution had opened a second Speed Baccarat table at its Latvian casino studio.

Baccarat isn’t the only game they saw worthy of expedition. In March 2017, the company’s Speed Roulette tables began attracting the masses. With a new spin every 25 seconds, these tables rival the equivalent offering available at PlayTech since 2014.

Bigger, Better, More Opulent

New Live Dealer Games from PlayTechSpeaking of PlayTech, that company made brilliant headlines this year by opening the world’s largest live casino studio. Located in Riga’s Old Town (Latvia), the studio began opening in stages as construction progressed.

Each new set of tables were more luxuriant than the last. The boring tables of their previous studio were transitioned to the new location, featuring opulent golds, creamy whites, decadent chocolaty browns, and elegant staircases Tevye the Dairyman (Fiddler on the Roof) would give his left arm for.

First came the brand’s Grand / Royale tables. Next, exclusive and private tables made the transition, followed by common tables later in the year.

Progressive Live Dealer Games

One of the best ‘progressions‘ of all came by way of progressive live gambling games. As the year began, hardly before the New Year’s confetti hit the ground, Evolution hailed the arrival of the first live Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker tables.

Midway through 2017, Evolution made waves again. This time, the company introduced its revolutionary Jumbo 7 Jackpot on Live Casino Holdem. It’s not the easiest thing to win. In fact, it’s virtually inconceivable.

Players will need to place the Jumbo 7 side bet to even qualify. Then, someone who places that bet will need a 7-card straight flush, using both of their hole cards and all five community cards. If that occurs, all who placed the side bet will share in the massive jackpot.

There are exactly 133,784,560 possible 7-card combinations, but only 32 of them will award that jumbo jackpot. That puts the odds right around 0.00000024, or 1 in 4,180,768. Good luck!

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Nov 13

The Online Advantage: Look up mobile casino strategies as you play.

Online Casino GamesPicture this… You’re seated at a blackjack table in a big, land-based casino. There are players on either side of you. The game is moving along smoothly. Then suddenly, the player to your left can’t seem to make a decision. He says, “Hold on a minute,” then whips out his iPhone and asks Siri for a blackjack strategy chart.

Wait, what? Is this guy serious? He’s obviously smart enough to know that optimal strategy is the best way to win. He’s also dumb enough to play in a live casino without memorizing that strategy first. The groans he would surely receive from everyone at the table might actually be loud enough to drown out the cacophony of chiming slot machines across the way.

Sorry, but no, you cannot hold up an entire table of players to look up casino strategies on your mobile device. It’s not illegal or anything, but it breaches every form of gambling etiquette in the book.

If you play online casino games, however, you can spend all the time in the world searching for the best move in any situation.

Mobile Casino Strategies – Timeless!

Mobile Casino StrategiesThe vast majority of online casino games are played one-on-one, player versus house. Whether it’s blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, casino holdem, red dog, slot machines, video poker, you name it… These games are computer engineered to play with the same odds and probabilities as a live game, but you – the player – are the only real live thing about it. Thus there’s no time limit to abide by.

You can take all the time you want to decide the best move. Split those 9s, or stand with 18 against the dealer’s 6? The shooter hasn’t crapped out in 10 rolls, is Any Sevens a good bet? Look it up! There’s no rush to make a decision.

You’re already on your computer or mobile device anyway. Why not pop over to google and search for a blackjack chart or optimal strategy for craps? Heck, grab a fresh drink and a bowl of chips or popcorn while you’re at it. You’ve got all the time in the world!

The same cannot be said of live dealer casino games. Streamed live over the internet with a real dealer and real players, these are akin to land-based casino games. They will enforce a time limit, so don’t confuse them with traditional online and mobile casino games.

Other Advantages of Online Casino Games

There are many other reasons why online and mobile casinos are so often preferred over the land-based variety. First and foremost, you can play from pretty much anywhere, any time you feel like it, saving on travel expenses, food, etc.

There are a lot more games to choose from, too, and you can play them all for free, for as long as you want. This is a great way to really learn the rules and proper strategies for games you aren’t too familiar with. And for slots fans, the payback percentages are much more generous. Instead of the typical 85-90% RTP (return to player) at land-based casinos, you’ll find 94-98% RTPs online.

Then there’s the added benefit of promotions. New players get generous bonus offers on their first deposit – sometimes without even requiring a deposit. The promotional offerings and loyalty programs are far superior to brick-and-mortar casinos. And who can blame them really? If I had to pay the utility bill of a Las Vegas casino, I’d be pretty stingy too!

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Jun 23

Just when we thought there was no way to make the digital gambling world any more interesting, Evolution Gaming found a way. The award-winning live dealer creator has launched the Jumbo 7 Jackpot on its Live Casino Holdem tables. It is by far the largest live casino progressive jackpot to date.

Live Casino Progressive Jumbo 7 Jackpot

The Casino Holdem Jumbo 7 Jackpot was launched earlier this week with a massive €1,000,000 jackpot seed, supplied entirely by Evolution. It’s already a huge hit among players, especially those who appreciate the largest progressive jackpots online.

The Jumbo 7 Jackpot is sure to grow far beyond its Million Euro seed before it strikes. Every side bet wager placed on these special live casino progressive tables will see a small percentage go into the jackpot—hence the ‘progressive‘ nature of the side bet. Plus, the odds of hitting that jackpot are… well, let’s just say they’re pretty long odds.

To win the progressive, a player will need to be dealt a 7-Card Straight Flush. That’s right, a standard 5-card straight flush won’t do the trick. A player will have to combine their two hole cards, with all five community cards, in order to release the big €1M+.

There are only 32 card combinations, out of a possible 133,784,560 combinations, that will produce the Jumbo 7. Therefore the actual odds of being dealt such a perfect hand are 0.00000024%, or 1 in 4,166,666.67 hands.

It may seem like a long shot, but the fact is, someone is going to win it. And when that happens, it will reseed at another €1 million before it’s won again, and again, and again…

Live Casino Holdem Jumbo 7 Jackpot Paytable

In the meantime, there are other nice payouts that can be won, aside from the live casino progressive Jumbo 7 Jackpot. See the following pay table for all pays on the Live Casino Holdem Jumbo side bet.

Hand Rank Payout
7-Card Straight Flush Progressive Jackpot
6-Card Straight Flush €5,000
5-Card Straight Flush €250
4 of a Kind €50
Full House €5
Flush €4
Straight €2
Other €0 (Lose)

 

Note that the live casino progressive jackpot will pay out regardless of whether a player folds their hand, or is beaten by the dealer.

Evolution Celebrates Live Casino Progressive

The company’s Chief Product Officer, Todd Haushalter, commented enthusiastically on the recent launch of the online realm’s largest live casino progressive jackpot. He was particularly proud of Evolution’s exorbitant seed contribution to kick off the new jackpot game.

By Evolution contributing the whole €1,000,000 to start the Jackpot, it is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to operators and players,” he said.

With the player volumes we see on Casino Hold’em this could potentially grow to be bigger than all of the online progressive slots combined. That means it could grow to in excess of €30 million, which will put it in contention to be the biggest jackpot in the history of table games or slots,” said Haushalter.

That sort of money makes playing the game a lot more fun, and that is our mission with this Jackpot version of Casino Hold’em.”

Due to the immensely lucrative nature of this game—both for players and the casinos that host them—Evolution is supplying the new live casino holdem games to exclusively to operators who sign up for the special licence. Other Evolution-powered online casinos will only provide the original live casino holdem game, without the Jumbo 7 Jackpot.

At present, only LeoVegas and UniBet offer the live casino progressive jackpot.

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