Jul 08

Live Gaming + Twitch Casino Streams = Future of Mobile Gambling

Live Gaming + Twitch Casino Streams = Future of Mobile Gambling

Prognosticators of the iGaming industry have made their predictions, and they all agree. Twitch iGaming channels are all looking to live casinos to attract viewers, while internet gambling operators are looking to those Twitch channels to produce more players. Put it all into one big melting pot, and you get the future of mobile casino gambling.

Back in the day, online casino games were all 2D affairs with RNG-based results, promoted by affiliate websites who touted the perks and promos of their favorite brands to drive traffic. Today, it’s a whole new ballgame. Now, 3D casino action is all the rage. Random computer algorithms are being replaced by live table games with real dealers, broadcast via high-tech webcams. Affiliates have become real-time vloggers who stream their action live over the web.

Live Gaming Overtaking Twitch Casino Streams

Twitch is a live-streaming video service that allows gamers to record their activities and stream them live over the web for others to watch. In the beginning, it was PC and console video games that ruled the streaming roost. But forward-thinking casino affiliates saw it as something more. Tired of reviewing, blogging and regurgitating news, they decided to play the games, stream the action live, and provide links for others to follow in their footsteps.

As viewership grew dramatically, it didn’t take long for online casinos to start sponsoring the most popular Twitch slots streamers, making it one of the most successful affiliate ventures of all time. Reading about some random person who won a big jackpot is inspiring, but not nearly so much as watching it happen, live via webcam. But that only works on players who love slot machines, and while there are many of them, it does no good for attracting table games fans.

Dream Catcher Monopoly Live

This is where Twitch iGaming channels have found ultimate success with live casino action. Live casino streams are able to deliver a whole different type of experience, wherein the viewer learns just how far iGaming technology has come in recent years.

Blackjack isn’t the only form of live casino gaming. If it were, there wouldn’t be much entertainment value in watching others play it.

It’s other games with big potential payouts, like Evolution Gaming‘s groundbreaking Dream Catcher Lucky Wheel and
Dream Catcher Monopoly Live that are attracting the masses, and convincing others that these games are fun, rewarding, and well worth paying to play.

Live Casino Twitch Streams Destined to Grow

The experts agree that this avenue of live gaming distribution has only one way to go, and that’s straight up. Live casino games are by far the the most immersive way to gamble on a desktop computer or mobile device, and for our younger generations who grew up with these devices, watching videos of other people doing fun stuff has become just as popular as watching television or a movie.

When it you put it all together, it just makes sense. Casino operators are well aware of it, too. They are spending big bucks to showcase their wares in highly visible forums, and right now, Twitch casino streams are capturing quite an audience. Thus these companies are prepared to make huge investments into the area of promotional campaigns.

Also causing quite a stir are 3D/VR table games. More recently, we’ve seen this concept combined with live casino technology as well. Players put on a headset, then enter a VR world where they traverse a graphically stunning casino floor and approach the table of a real, live dealer.

The capabilities are fantastic. All casinos and their game engineers need is a forum to showcase these possibilities and promote them as the next big thing. And that, my friends, is how Twitch casino streams are helping to mold the future of mobile gambling.

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May 06

The neutral nuance of NetEnt’s Live Perfect Blackjack game.

What’s in a name? Sometimes, it’s just a catchy title, often using just 5-6 letters to entice easy brand recognition. Other times, it’s the clever use of a hyperbole or pun that attracts so much attention. In the case of NetEnt‘s latest live casino table game, it’s the use of absolute apt cognomination that takes the cake.

The Apt Cognomination of NetEnt's Live Perfect Blackjack Game

I’m talking, of course, about the release of Perfect Blackjack Live earlier this year. One might say it takes a lot of confidence for a company to call its own creation “perfect”. Those in the know, however, are more likely to admit this egocentric title couldn’t possibly be any more “perfect”.

NetEnt’s Live Perfect Blackjack Game

What makes this game so perfect? It’s not that its rules are any better than other blackjack games. They’re quite standard, in fact. It’s not because the video/audio equipment is of the utmost supreme quality on the market, although the streaming technology is commendable. No, it’s none of these things. It’s a simple matter of providing everyone with a perfect blackjack strategy, without any mental strain on the player’s part.

Think of it like a game of baccarat, wherein the players themselves aren’t necessarily making decisions. They place a bet then sit back, waiting for the dealer to make all card placement decisions base don house rules. But in this blackjack game, the house rules dictate the use of perfect strategy. Whichever move has the highest probability of producing a player win is the action the dealer will take, whether it be a hit, stand, double, split, etc.

The game’s strategic perfection and house rules combine for a house edge of just 0.5%, translating to a favorable RTP of 99.5% for players.

Because strategies can align in regards to doubling and splitting, players are asked before taking a seat if they’d like to auto-split or double down in certain situations. Otherwise, the game really takes care of itself, giving players the chance to incorporate perfect decision making just like the pros, without requiring any mental enlightenment or advanced skills of memorization.

To make things even more interesting, because all decisions are automated by perfect tactics, the 3-seater table design is capable of accommodating an unlimited number of players. Embracing the latest live casino technology, NetEnt also designed the game to seamlessly cater to multiple currencies.

Perfect Blackjack Live Debuts at ICE 2019

Where better to introduce such a perfect product than the world’s biggest iGaming stage? NetEnt unveiled this modern marvel in February at the 2019 ICE Totally Gaming expo in London, garnering the attention of all in attendance with a genuinely unique, first-in-class live dealer game.

“Perfect Blackjack truly is an industry-first for live casino and we are certain that this game will appeal to all levels of players,” extols NetEnt Live Director Andres Rengifo. “Whether you’re a seasoned player wanting to sit back whilst being dealt flawlessly, or if you’re a beginner who wants an intro to blackjack and its strategy.”

NetEnt didn’t go this project alone. The company worked in tandem with fellow UK native Rank Group, a former motion picture production company that evolved into a live and online casino group in the mid 2000s. Rank Group is now the parent of Mecca Bingo and the largest UK casino group, Grosvenor Casinos.

As such, Rank earned the right to launch Perfect Blackjack exclusively at GrosvernorCasinos.com following its initial debut; something Rank Group’s Head of Live Casino, Richard Walker has lauded with great pride.

“We are delighted to launch this innovative new game,” says Walker; particularly excited by the opportunity to label it an “educational game” geared towards “new and seasoned players alike.” He’s especially impressed by the game’s ability to evaporate the common barrier of nervous tension that often prevents newer players from trying a live casino game for the first time.

For the time being, Grosvenor’s online casino remains the exclusive provider of Perfect Blackjack Live. No word yet on when the game will revert to a world-wide launch at all NetEnt-licensed casinos.

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Apr 20

It really is possible to get an edge at casino games.

Play Smart: It Really is Possible to Get an Edge at Casino Games

How many times have you heard that casino’s are in it to win it? That there’s no practical way to turn the tides in your favor? Or that you must have at least a little luck to walk away a winner? This is said so often because, for the majority of gamblers, it’s true. That’s only because the majority of gamblers are playing the wrong casino games.

Walk onto the gaming floor, and you’re immediately bombarded by the reverberating sounds and flashing lights of reel slots and video slots. Isle after aisle, they line the walls and gaudy carpets as far as the eye can see. The casinos would love for you to stop here – as so many players do – and start dropping your money into these machines. Those who aren’t fooled by these may still find themselves attracted to video poker, baccarat, roulette, the craps table, pai gow poker or the big money wheel.

There are so many games just waiting to take your money. And the casinos know they’re going to win, because these games cannot be beaten. A few players may get lucky and beat them, but many more players will lose, earning the casino its dues. That is, unless you know which games to play, and how to exact the ever-illusive player’s advantage at the casino.

Three Ways to Get an Edge at Casino Games

There are exactly three ways to gamble your money, and slide the advantage into your favor while doing it. Only one is found directly on the casino floor, and you can probably guess which one it is. I’m talking, of course, about blackjack.

The other two you’ll have to do a little extra walking to get too; one being the poker room, and the other the sportsbook. Unfortunately, for Canadians like myself, sportsbooks aren’t legal. You will either need to visit a foreign casino or take your wagering to international gambling websites to gain an edge with sports betting.

Blackjack Player’s Edge

The criteria for surpassing a 100% RTP in blackjack sounds simple enough. It only takes two things – a basic strategy and a good card counting technique. The strategy part is easy. You can print out a situational decision-making chart for the game and keep practicing until you get it down. Counting cards will be a bit tougher.

Being able to keep up with the count is only the beginning. You must be a able to do it flawlessly, size your bets appropriately, and be so perfectly nonchalant about it that the dealer, pit bosses and security surveillance team don’t suspect you’re doing it. Most casinos will kick you out for it, not because it’s illegal, but because they have ‘the right to refuse service to anyone‘.

Profitable Poker Pros

Casinos love to host poker games, because it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. The casino wins a small percentage of each pot (i.e. poker rake) regardless of the action on the table. Poker pits player versus player, and therefore the player who is most skilled is going to win more often. Like house edge casino games, luck can swing one players way over another regardless of skill, but in the long term, skill will prevail in any legitimate poker game.

Being the bet poker player at the table is no easy task, though, especially since the big live/online poker boom of 2003 (aka the Chris Moneymaker Effect). Its takes a special set of skills to truly excel in poker, calculating math quickly in your head, making smart value bets and accurately observing poker tells.

Sports Betting Advantage

If you’re a terrible actor and supreme mathematics isn’t your thing, how about trying your hand at sports betting? Pick a sport you follow, or want to follow, and learn everything you can about it. Get to know the athletes and/or teams. Understand outside influences that might impact a game, like weather, turf conditions, injuries or suspensions.

Having a good head for the games is just one aspect of being a good sports bettor. You have to understand the odds and different types of bets, like straight-up wagers, points spreads and over/unders, and live betting features. The more you know, the more you can slide the scales of profitability into your favor.

The average gambler relies on luck. The smart gambler doesn’t need luck. Choosing the right games and playing them with ultimate skill will produce a positive expectation for long-term profitable results.

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Apr 17

More online blackjack rules than you can shake a stick at!

More Online Blackjack Rules than you can Shake a Stick at!

If there’s one thing land-based casinos have taught us, it’s that all blackjack games are not created equal. To the untrained eye, all they may appear to be the same. But any veteran gambler knows there are many differences to be observed. Every rule variation, no matter how slight, will impact the expected return to player (RTP).

Most casinos know that delivering blackjack tables with an affable set of rules is crucial for attracting wise players to the casino floor. But they usually have a little extra room for those less valuable games, making them look more attractive with lower limits or special side bets – something less educated gamblers are often drawn to.

Online casinos, on the other hand, have taken this concept to the brink of RTP destruction! They aren’t bound by spacial limitations. They can proffer as many variants of blackjack as they wish, never running out of room or seats. And if you’ve visited any of the bigger online and mobile casinos, you know exactly just how many variations that can be!

More Online Blackjack Rules Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

As a quick example of what I’m talking about, let’s take a glance at the game variety provided by LeoVegas Mobile Casino. This particular operator is among the industry’s most popular, in part because it employs so many software brands; nearly 50 of them, plus its own proprietary software as the cherry on top.

Many of those big-name brands offer one, if not a few, blackjack variants. And when you put them all together as LeoVegas has, it creates a plethora of blackjack titles to choose from; all with slight (if not monumental) rule alterations. All told, this popular mobile casino currently supports 27 RNG-based blackjack titles, and no less than 9 live dealer blackjack offerings.

That’s at least three dozen ways to play blackjack. And if you don’t know what to look for – if you can’t recognize the differences in the rules and pay tables – you may be getting terrible value for your bankroll budget.

Best Blackjack Rules for Minimal House Edge

Some rules have a minuscule effect on a blackjack game’s RTP, while others can be significant. At the same time, some rules benefit the player, while others benefit the house. The following list contains all common rule variations and their effect on the casino’s edge. Note that a positive integer is good for the player. A negative integer benefits the house.

Number of Decks

The number of decks used can have a large impact on the house edge in blackjack. A shoe can contain anywhere from 1 to 8 decks. The golden rule here is to play with the least number of decks possible.

Number of Decks      House Edge Effect
1 Deck0.48%
2 Decks0.19%
4 Decks0.06%
6 Decks0.02%
8 Decks0.00%

Payout for Natural Blackjack

The payout for a natural blackjack can be one of the most significant differences in a game. A 2-to-1 payout is best, but extremely rare. You should generally look for the standard 3-to-2 payout. Anything less will decimate the house edge.

Natural Blackjack Pays     House Edge Effect
2 to 12.27%
3 to 2 0.00%
7 to 5 -0.45%
6 to 5 -1.39%
1 to 1 -2.27%
Blackjack Tie PaysHouse Edge Effect
3 to 20.32%
1 to 20.11%

Other Blackjack Rule Variations

Next up is a list of all common rule variations that don’t fall into the above categories. That doesn’t make them any less important, though. Pay close attention to all rules that deliver an added advantage to the player.

Common Rule Variations       House Edge Effect
5 Card Charlie 1.46%
Early Surrender against Dealer’s Ace 0.39%
Early Surrender against dealer’s 100.24%
Double on Any Number of Cards0.23%
Draw to Split Aces0.19%
6-Card Charlie0.16%
Double Down Rescue0.10%
Late Surrender0.08%
Resplit Aces Allowed0.08%
Late Surrender Against Dealer’s 100.07%
Split up to 3 Hands-0.01%
Double Only on Total of 9-11
Split up to 2 Hands-0.10%
European Blackjack (No Hole Card)-0.11%
No Double after Split-0.14%
Double Only on Total of 10-11-0.18%
Dealer Hits on Soft 17-0.22%
Dealer 22 is a Push-6.91%

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Mar 25

Trio of dealers charged with cheating at table games at Parq Vancouver Casino.

3 Dealers Charged with Cheating at Table Games at Parq Vancouver Casino

Cheating at the casino – it’s something that’s been going on since the dawn of gambling-kind. Prior to strict regulation, reporting and monitoring, some casinos were notoriously suspected of rigging certain games. Duplicitous players have been known to try everything from the infamous card-up-the-sleeve trick, to using sophisticated computer programs that coax slot machines into paying out a jackpot.

Such things don’t happen nearly so often these days, mostly because authoritative bodies and security technologies are much smarter than the criminals who might try to defraud one system or another. And yet, despite the great risk of being caught, casino fraud does still happen, as we learned when it was revealed why three former table games dealers at British Columbia’s Parq Vancouver Casino were fired from their positions last year.

BC Dealers Charged with Cheating at Table Games

There isn’t a great deal of information available on the cheating scandal that took place at the Vancouver gambling resort. In fact, no details at all were available until CTV News utilized the British Columbia Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents regarding the dismissal of those three employees. And even that information was vague.

CTV News learned – and MSN reported – that the three former live table dealers were “charged by police” with “collusion”; the act of two or more people working together to gain an unfair advantage. The report indicates that the former employees provided players with casino chips valued at $37,000, $40,000, and $43,000, even though those players were “not entitled” to receive those chips. The documents described the charges as “cheating at play”, but went into no further details.

Parq Casino isn’t talking, except to deliver the generic statement that they won’t comment on employee matters. They offered only an affirmation that the company “takes compliance seriously”. Ed Rampone, former Director of Casino Operations for the BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch (GPEB), was more willing to speculate.

Rampone once specialized in criminal casino investigations, and in his educated opinion, it’s certainly possible that a dealer could slowly worked more chips to a player than they deserve. A blackjack dealer, for instance, could “add and include extra chips as he’s sliding them across the table.”

With the first half of the scam complete, the player could easily pay off the dealer for his or her troubles at an off-site location. Rampone describes a hypothetical scenario in which, “For every hundred or thousand dollars that I slip to you, you pay me back half or a third, depending on what the risk is.”

Other Cases of BC Player/Dealer Casino Collusion and Notable Employee Dismissals

Casino collusion was noted in two other incidents at BC casinos in 2017. One occurred in Langley’s Cascades Casino in a case wherein a “patron gained $7,000 in unentitled chips.” The other took place at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver when “an employee colluded with [a] patron” in an “estimated theft in excess of $5,000.”

The employees involved in both of those incidents were also fired. But not all of the casino firings were for suspicion of cheating at table games. At Chances Casino Kelowna, an employee was discharged for stealing cigarettes and a lighter from a co-worker. In another incident, an employee was not exactly fired, but “de-registered”, after stealing two chocolate candy bars from the concession stand at Lake City Casino in Penticton.

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Mar 15

Two decades later, legitimate online casinos firing up a win for all involved.

It’s truly amazing what time can do. It heals wounds, turns playful children into responsible adults, and in the business world, separates the successful from the unfortunate. Without question, time has looked favorably upon the online gambling industry and all who partake in its pleasures. Not just the players, mind you, but the countless people working in the background to provide this seductive form of potentially profitable entertainment.

Twenty years ago, internet casinos struck trepidation in the hearts of many. Were they secure? Honest? Safe? Trustworthy? Would a withdraw of winnings be honored? There were so many uncertainties, and no authorities to turn to if a player’s worst fears were realized.

Did that stop people from playing online slot machines and table games? Absolutely not.

If you build it, they will come…

And come they did! They came in droves, so fast and furious that more and more gambling websites were born. They provided casino games, poker games, bingo games, sports betting, race betting, lottery ticket sales – anything and everything that could be wagered on began appearing on the world wide web.

With the good always comes the bad, and the evil side of the industry did rear its ugly head. For every legitimate online gambling website, ten more rogue operators would appear to capture players and abscond with their deposits. This led to watchdog websites and player-managed review sites, all aimed at pointing new players towards the reputable online gambling options, while exposing the rogues for what they were.

This, of course, wasn’t good enough for the multitude of governments who had stood by idly, watching it all happen. Some lawmakers argued that players needed protection., but they largely went unheard. More argued that prohibition was the only way; criminalize it and it will go away. That didn’t work at all. It wasn’t until legislators began pointing out just how much money their respective tax coffers might hold that more and more governments began listening. And with that, the iGaming industry finally began to blossom into a respectable business.

Legitimate online casinos were a game changer for everyone.

The UK and Canada were among the first adopters of internet gambling regulation. As word of their success spread, others hopped aboard regulatory bandwagon. Now, most jurisdictions either regulate the activity, or are debating legislative action to do so.

The end result is an industry that people can trust. One that began growing at a much more rapid rate, and benefiting absolutely everyone with a hand in it.

For players, it means a readily available source of entertainment, whether from home or in the palm of their hands. Not just entertainment, but a pastime that begets life-changing rewards for the luckiest among them.

Online gambling operators benefit just as land-based casinos do, ensuring their profits through a built-in house edge. But that’s not the end of the line. It goes so much further, literally circling the globe. Online casinos benefit the website developers who bring each operation together. They benefit the multitude of software companies that produce countless, HD-quality games. And what about the IT staff; the customer support reps; the live stdio dealers and developers of superior video and audio equipment that supply web streaming capabilities to them; right down to the custodians that work a thankless night shift to keep all of these offices clean?

When you look at the big picture, the rise of legitimate online casinos has truly been a blessing for so many people. Far more than the big winners who’ve made headlines over the years, like the 71 instant millionaires that have been fortunate enough to strike the progressive jackpot of Microgaming’s Mega Moolah online slot machine since 2006. Those big winners may be the most famous, but all beneficiaries are worthy of praise for making this one of the most successful online industries in existence.

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Mar 07

Decisions, decisions! Should I play baccarat online or on land?

Apples to Oranges: To Play Baccarat Online or On Land? Has this question ever crossed your mind? If so, you clearly haven’t tried all of the options available to you. There are three ways you can play this high-class casino game, and while the game itself never wavers, the experience between each is like comparing apples, oranges, to potatoes.

The easiest and most convenient way is to play baccarat on a computer or mobile device. If it seems a bit solitary and stale, you can upgrade to a live dealer casino, also available on desktop or mobile, but with a real person dealing the games via live-streaming webcam. Or, you can take the plunge and travel to a physical casino to play among the baccarat-loving masses. What should you do?

Play Baccarat Online or On Land?

Each option has its perks, as we’ve already touched on a bit above. Having quite a bit of experience with each, I’ll explain what sets each one apart from the next. You can decide for yourself which suits you best, based on your current mood or budget.

Online Baccarat

Play Online BaccaratThe number one advantage of playing online baccarat is, of course, convenience. Whether from home on a computer, or anywhere your travels may take you on a smartphone, internet baccarat is always available. And because it’s generated on an RNG (electronic) platform, you can play at your pace and quit any time life beckons.

The less obvious benefit of playing online or mobile baccarat is the cost. Even the smallest budget bankroll can play online for real money. You’ll find tables with minimums of at least $1, if not $0.10. You can make any bankroll last a lot longer on those chips than the $25+ minimums at a land-based casino.

Live Dealer Baccarat

Live Casino Baccarat wit SqueezeThis option is the perfect choice for players who want a more communal experience, but don’t want to give up the convenience of playing online. Live dealer casinos stream the games live from a studio, employing professional dealers. You can even chat with the other players as you go.

Some live casino baccarat dealers offer players the chance to ‘squeeze’ the cards (i.e. Evolution Gaming’s Controlled Squeeze Baccarat). You can’t physically squeeze the card, but the dealer will let you pick which one you want to peek at, and do the squeezing for you. It helps add to the excitement and real-life element of the game.

Live dealer games tend to be more expensive than an RNG platform, with minimums usually starting at $5. That’s still a far cry cheaper than physical casinos.

Land-Based Casino Baccarat

VIP Casino BaccaratTo be honest, neither of the above options comes close to matching the exhilaration of playing baccarat in a real casino. No matter how much money you have in your pocket, you feel like a VIP. The baccarat tables are in a separate section – often the most opulent area of the entire casino. Most of the players are dressed to the nines, and the table minimums can run anywhere from $25 to $50 per hand.

This is the drawback for budget players, as it takes a lofty bankroll to join in the action. But if you can afford it, I have to recommend playing live and in person at least once. You may still choose to play baccarat online or in a live dealer casino, but the entertainment factor here is far beyond anything you’ll ever experience on a digital screen.

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Mar 05

Play blackjack to win, and other casino games for fun.

iGaming Tips: Play Blackjack to Win, and Other Casino Games for FunCasinos are teeming with endless ways to place a wager; especially the online variety. Unencumbered by capacity, internet gambling sites can host thousands of games, never running short on seats. The key to enjoying an online gambling experience is to understand what you want to get out of it, and choose your games accordingly.

There are only two reasons a responsible person plays casino games. They are either looking for a good time, or as a professional expecting to win some cash. If you were hoping for both, you’re already tip-toeing on the borderline of at-risk behavior. The fact is, entertainment is the easiest thing to obtain from a casino. A profit is not a realistic goal unless you’re capable of swaying the odds into your favor. That can be extremely difficult to do, but not impossible. For those who manage it, it really is a job, and anything but fun.

Play Blackjack to Win

Blackjack players concentratingIf you’re hoping to make a living off gambling, or at least a few extra dollars, blackjack is the only game casinos offer that can, under the right circumstances, deliver a positive expectation for players. Don’t expect to have a good time playing it, though.

If you’ve ever been in a live casino and really paid attention to the players around you, blackjack tables aren’t the most lively bunch. The craps table is rocking. The roulette players are on their toes. Slot fans are wide-eyed with wonder as the reels go round. But blackjack players are a whole different breed. At least, the good ones are.

A dedicated blackjack player who’s incorporating enough strategy to get that oh-so-slight edge on the house must concentrate deeply, yet appear not to. That’s because they’re counting every card that appears. They must make the right decisions and the right bets at every turn. One false move, and hours of work goes down the drain. They are the most sullen, if not depressing gamblers in the place.

And, for the record, you cannot count cards at an online casino’s blackjack game. In RNG games, the deck is reshuffled after every hand. In live casino games, a new shoe is brought in prior to 50% deck penetration. If you want to play blackjack to win, you have to play in a land-based casino.

Play Other Casino Games for Fun

play casino games for funIf the experience above doesn’t sound like a very good time, steer clear of the blackjack tables altogether. The fact is, gambling is meant for entertainment. It always has been. Casinos make money just like movie theaters and ice skating rinks make money. They provide a form of entertainment, and we pay to enjoy it. The difference is you could get lucky and leave the casino with more money than when you entered. Outside of gambling, no form of entertainment can offer such an opportunity.

So, if you’re ideal visit to a casino involves having a great time, any other casino games will get the job done. If you like the camaraderie of a group experience, head to the table games section. Play baccarat, craps, roulette, pai gow poker, 3 card poker, etc. If you enjoy the solitude of a one-player machine, head for the slots or video poker games.

So long as you set a spending limit, take your time, and place small bets, playing casino games for fun will provide more than enough entertainment.

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Feb 15

Evolution Gaming proves live casino games are still hot.

Latest Award for Evolution Gaming proves Live Casino Games are still HotLive dealer casino games have been around since 2003. It took some years for technology to catch up to their capabilities, delivering a high-quality product players could appreciate, but if there’s any one company that can take credit for it, it’s Evolution Gaming. Once they came along, live casinos became all the rage. That was more than 10 years ago.

Have digital gamers finally burned out on the live dealer realm? Apparently not. In fact, Evolution Gaming‘s performance over the last 12 months proves that the live gaming vertical is hot as ever. At least, that’s the perception we got last week when Evolution won yet another prestigious trophy at the Global Gaming Awards.

Evolution Named 2019 Best Online Casino Supplier

Founded in 2006, Evolution Gaming quickly became known for two things; having the top live casino product in the world, and the most impressive trophy case to back it up. This year’s Global Gaming Awards ceremony, held at the Hippodrome Casino in London on February 4, has taught us something new about Evolution and the industry as a whole. Live online casinos are now the ‘norm’.

Taking home the Online Casino Supplier of the Year award is a tremendous accomplishment for the group. For more than two decade, the term ‘online casino‘ was a general classification for RNG-based games. When referring to live video broadcasts of real dealer tables, the term ‘live casino‘ was applied.

The fact that Evolution—the leading live casino supplier for the last decade—with a trophy case to prove it—took home the award for the best 2019 ‘Online Casino Supplier‘ speaks volumes.

Latest Award Proves Live Casino Games are Still Hot

Evolution Gaming - Global Gaming Awards 2019 Best Online Casino SupplierNot only does it point to exponential growth in the popularity of live dealer games, it gives credit to the company for its expansion into the RNG-based gaming market. As of last year, Evolution now offers a small assortment of RNG-based casino games, but nowhere near enough to be worthy of a ‘online casino’ award, by the traditional meaning of the term.

It’s worth noting that Evolution’s 3-day foray at ICE Totally Gaming, which kicked off at the Excel in London the very next morning, saw the company launch 10 new gaming titles, including 8 new live casino games and 2 new RNG-based titles, which they refer to as ‘First Person‘ games; First Person Dream Catcher and First Person Lightning Roulette.

Proud Moment for Evolution Gaming

Martin Carlesund, CEO of Evolution Gaming, was beyond pleased to comment on the company’s reception of yet another benchmark award. “We are thrilled to have won this award,” he said. “The past twelve months have seen some landmark product launches from Evolution, with the runaway success of Lightning Roulette, the launch of our First Person range of games, plus three new studios opening worldwide.”

Carlesund was especially proud to accept such a prestigious award on the eve of ICE, precluding the company’s exciting revelation of 10 new gaming titles. “We are continually pushing to enrich our offering and provide our operators and their players the next generation of Live Casino games,” he concluded.

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Jan 18

Yggdrasil introduces new real money blackjack games in 2019.

Yggdrasil's new Lucky Blackjack and Sonya Blackjack Side Bets

Yggdrasil broke the digital gambling mold in mid-2018 with the release of its very first interactive table game. It was unlike anything the iGaming community had seen before; certainly not typical of the RNG-based table games released the last two decades by their competitor brands.

It was, instead, a perfect meld of the more modern live dealer casino tables, featuring multi-player capabilities and a professional dealer, except that all of these features are visualized in HD-quality, 3D animation—even the not-quite-human, avatar of a dealer.

That dealer’s name is Sonya (hence the game’s title, Sonya Blackjack), and she’s become quite the popular little lady. So popular that Yggdrasil has decided to expand upon that success by introducing a new Lucky Blackjack game—a similar concept but with an Irish theme—and enhance its original release with side bets.

Yggdrasil’s New Real Money Blackjack Games

Lucky Blackjack is the newest game launched on Yggdrasil’s trademark REDUX gaming platform. Like Sonya Blackjack, it blends RNG and Live Dealer aspects. The game itself is RNG-based, while the dealer’s actions utilize motion-capture technology derived from the body language and gesticulations of a real life, professionally trained dealer.

The new Lucky Blackjack game closely mimics its first-born sibling, Sonya Blackjack, in a number of ways. Most notably, it is capable of supporting multi-player access. The game supports up to 3 individual human players at once, proffering what Yggdrasil calls, “a truly interactive, shared casino experience”.

Lucky Blackjack is an immersive new table game that abides by all the traditional rules of blackjack, with two thematic side bets available. These include the Lucky Lucky side bet, and the Lucky Ladies side bet; both honoring the game’s beautifully rendered dealer of the same name.

This latest edition is endowed with swifter animations, speeding up the pace of the games. It also gives players the option to make ‘pre-decisions‘, such as choosing to Hit or Stand before it becomes their turn to act. This also helps to speed up game play.

Yggdrasil introduces two new Real Money Blackjack Games in 2019Fans of the Sonya Blackjack game will find these expedient features now available. The updated version includes both the swifter animations and pre-decision functions described above, and also comes with its own pair of optional side bets. They include Perfect Pairs and 21+3.

The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out bonus winnings when a player is dealt a pair as their first two cards. The rank and suit of those cards will effect the size of the bonus payout. The 21+3 side bet plays out similar to a 3-card poker hand that is completely separate from the blackjack game. Players use their first two cards, plus the dealer’s up-card, to create a 3-card hand. If this hand ranks within the range of winning hands on the 21+3 pay table, the player wins the corresponding pay out.

Yggdrasil Head of Table Games, Marcus Honney, comments:

The release of Lucky Blackjack and the new Sonya Blackjack features is really exciting for us as it marks the evolution of our interactive table game offering.”

Honney goes on to praise the company’s new real money blackjack games for providing a superior level of “player engagement in the form of side bets,” ranking them among “the most engaging, immersive table titles on the market today”.

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