Jun 08

Following a spectacularly well-received debut at ICE 2020, Evolution Gaming officially launches Live Power Blackjack.

Evolution Launches Live Power Blackjack Following Spectacular ICE 2020 Debut

There aren’t too many ‘new’ casino games that are received with fanfare these days. New blackjack variants, in particular, generally lack anything unique enough to perk the brows of avid players. But every once in a while, something comes along that actually generates a double-take from the game’s biggest fans; or, in this case, maybe a triple-take or quadruple-take.

I’m talking, of course, about Power Blackjack, the newest addition to the Evolution Gaming live casino menu. As the name cleverly implies, this exceptional variation of 21 gives players more power. “
More power to what?”, you ask… the power to bet, and win, (or lose) more money! Instead of the usual Double Down, players can take it a step or two farther with options to Triple Down or Quadruple Down.

Evolution Launches Live Power Blackjack

It’s been four months since Power Blackjack Live debuted at the ICE 2020 expo in London. Late last week, it was officially launched under the wing of Evolution’s live dealer ‘Infinite Blackjack’ wing. The Infinitive suite of games delivers an unlimited player experience, wherein a single table can accommodate an infinite number of players.

With this game giving all players the power the win up to 4x their wager, it’s sure to become one of the hottest new blackjack games of the year. At least, that’s what Chief Product Officer, Todd Haushalter, and the rest of the executive crew at Evolution Gaming are hoping for.

“The mission was to give players more of what they love about Blackjack without changing the underlying gameplay,” explained Haushalter in a press release regarding last week’s launch.

“We know that players love classic Blackjack, but we are always looking for new ways to keep it fresh,” he said. “Creating a version where players can triple and quadruple down, instead of just double down, felt like a great way to do this.”

The CPO went on to explicate the series of events that led to their production of live dealer Power Blackjack.

A few years ago we created Infinite Blackjack, which is simply a Blackjack platform that allows an unlimited number of players at just one table, instead of the standard seven seats. Building on the success of our proven Infinite format, we have created further new Blackjack game types such as Free Bet Blackjack and now Power Blackjack, with more to come in the future.”

How to Play Live Power Blackjack

The rules of the game follow that of traditional blackjack, except for a few minor alterations. Having such a player-friendly advantage, the game’s creators were required to skew the rules back into the casino’s favor. The end result was a set of rules that look like this:

  • 8 Decks
  • Dealer Stands on All 17s (Hard and Soft)
  • Double/Triple/Quadruple Down on any two-card hand
  • Split once, up to 2 hands
  • Double/Triple/Quadruple after split
  • No drawing to split Aces
  • Dealer peeks
  • 6-Card Charlie pays 1:1
  • Blackjack pays 3:2

By these rules, the house edge gives the casino a 1.2% advantage, equivalent to an RTP of 98.8%. That’s higher than the average online blackjack game, but not a terrible trade-off for players who value the entertainment factor above a strategically rendered return on investment.

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Mar 24

Live dealer casinos feeling the crunch of COVID-19 closures.

Live Dealer Casinos Now Feeling the Crunch of COVID-19 Closures

When news of the Corona virus first erupted, none could conceive of the disruption it would soon cause to everyday existence; not just in our home towns, but on a global scale. When the phrase “social distancing” became a household term, everyone began looking for ways to conduct their daily activities online. That included entertainment verticals, of course.

Online gambling was thought to be a perfect solution for those who already enjoy the occasional casino rendezvous. However, most online casino games are RNG-based. They are computer generated, offering no source of social interaction. Live casinos, on the other hand, are virtual mirrors of the table games played at land-based casinos, where real people gather virtually, and communicate digitally, as they play.

This particular iGaming vertical has harvesting more players than ever before in the last week. Now, it looks like this form of virtual gambling entertainment may not be around much longer.

Live Dealer Casinos Feel the Crunch of COVID-19 Closures

On Monday, March 23, news came down the pipeline that Evolution Gaming, the world’s premier producer of live casino games, had been ordered by the Georgian government to cease operations at its live casino studio in Tbilisi, Georgia. This marked the first – and at present, only – known mandatory closure of a live gambling studio.

A statement from Evolution Gaming confirmed the situation:

The Tbilisi studio adheres to current guidelines regarding social distancing and the company has taken an extensive number of infection prevention measures in the studio. Evolution Gaming is in close contact with local authorities in order to verify the taken measures and to be able to reopen the studio. The situation is developing, and Evolution will adapt continuously.”

Evolution stated that the vast majority of its operation would continue, as the Tbilisi studio represented just one of its 8 live studios around the world. It was a message meant to reassure audiences, but one that was surely given with a foreboding grain of salt as it predicated a similar future for its remaining properties.

Latvian Gov. Considers Suspension of Gambling Licenses

Today, evidence of that impending future is coming to light, slowly but surely. Word has it that the Latvian government is considering suspending the licenses of all its gambling operators. No official announcement has yet been made. It’s only a consideration at this time, but one I’ve no doubt will come to fruition in the coming days.

Evolution Gaming has been headquartered in Riga, Latvia since the company’s founding in 2006. Its oldest and largest studio is located in Riga Old Town. If the Latvian government goes through with this proposed plan, it could spell a quick domino effect of closures for all of Evolution’s live dealer casinos.

Don’t mistake the meaning in this. It’s not just Evolution Gaming that would be effected by the COVID-19 related suspensions. Playtech, NetEnt, Microgaming, every live casino operator licensed from here to Malta could soon feel the crunch of Coronavirus closures.

If and when it does come to it, we here at RealMoneyGambling.ca support the effort to protect the health of live dealers and all other staff members at these operations who’ve worked so hard to give us this unique entertainment vertical. To you, we say thank you. Go home, stay inside, stay safe, and we look forward to your return when the strange days of this global pandemic come to an end.

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Feb 20

Evolution Live Roulette Canada: The fast and the felicitous!

Evolution Live Roulette Canada: The Fast and the Felicitous

When it comes to any form of live dealer online gambling, Evolution Gaming has one thing none of its rival studios can claim – the absolute best live casino experience, bar none. A stickler for grammar might argue that this statement is merely an opinion, but there are 10 straight years worth of Best Live Casino Supplier awards in Evolution’s trophy case to prove otherwise. To me, that’s more than enough evidence to prove it a fact.

That being said, Canadians looking to experience the best live roulette games the boundless realm of cyberspace has to offer, would do well to look within Evolution-powered online casinos. There, you will find more than enough options to satiate your desire.

Live Roulette Canada – Evolution’s Way

One thing that sets Evolution apart from the rest of the industry is the company’s employment of the most sophisticated, state of the art hardware and software. It’s a commitment they’ve upheld since Evolution first launched in 2006. Similarly, what sets their live croupier roulette tables apart from their rivals, is the immense variety of classic and innovative games players can choose from.

All games offer player / croupier interaction and universal desktop / mobile OS compatibility.

Evolution Gaming provides its live casino licensees with the following types of live dealer roulette tables, ranging from the most basic, to the most diverse:

Live European Roulette

This is the most popular version of roulette played round the world; a basic single-zero game with a standard house edge of 2.7% on all potential wagers. Evolution presents these games in standard and VIP table formats. The interface is both user-friendly and intuitive, featuring a Favorite Bets menu that can hold up to 15 of an individual player’s most commonly placed wagers.

Live American Roulette

American roulette is the double-zero version popularized throughout North American casinos. Anyone who knows the difference is likely to avoid this game. That double-zero effectively doubles the house edge to 5.26%. But alas, not everyone knows the difference, and therefore it remains a classic favorite among more players than you might think. To encourage more players to choose this lower-odds- version, many online casinos will offer lower table stakes at American Roulette.

Live French Roulette

French Roulette is the game the most educated roulette enthusiasts turn to for maximum RTP. It features the same layout and pay table as European Roulette, but features the La Partage rule, in which all even-money bets are returned at 50% if the winning number is 0. This reduced the house edge from 2.7% to 1.35% on all even-money bets.

Live Speed Roulette

One of the most popular editions in the live roulette line-up, Speed Roulette is a quicker version of the classic European-rules game. It’s so fast that there is an average of just 25 seconds per round. That means the wheel comes to a halt quicker, and there far less time is allotted to get your bets on the table This one is obviously best suited for serious players only.

Immersive Roulette

Evolution’s award-winning Immersive Roulette tables are live croupier games of European rules with a lot more cameras in place. As the wheel spins, the view continuously shifts from one camera angle to another, zooming in, zooming out, following the ball around the wheel and creating a more cinematic experience. It’s quite thrilling, to be honest!

Auto Roulette

I’m not a huge fan of this one. Auto Roulette is a live game, but it doesn’t feature a live croupier. Instead, the tables are equipped with precision “slingshot” mechanisms that put the ball into play. It speeds up the games, but at the same time, takes away from the interactive, communal experience. To encourage more people to play it (since it’s cheaper to run), you can expect to find the lowest live roulette stakes of $0.50 at these tables.

Dual Play Roulette

This is one of the most popular forms of live roulette. Canada players can take a virtual trip to the genuine roulette tables one of many luxury casino resorts on the other side of the globe. Evolution hosts Dual Play Roulette tables from various locations, including Grand Casino Bucharest, the Dragonara Casino in Malta, Grosvenor’s Victoria Casino in London, and others.

Lightning Roulette

Last, but most definitely not least, is the crème de la crème of the live croupier roulette market – Lightning Roulette. It’s not called lightning for its speed, but rather the fact that lightning can and will strike various numbers on the digital roulette wheel as the game is played. Lightning strikes attach random multipliers to all numbers they hit. Any player who has bet on one of these lucky numbers will receive a payout boosted by the corresponding multiplier.

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Feb 14

How It’s Played: A detailed review of Evolution Gaming’s new and lightning-quick Live Dealer Speed Blackjack games.

How It’s Played: Evolution Gaming’s New Live Dealer Speed Blackjack

Evolution Gaming is universally recognized as the most innovative pioneer of the live casino gaming industry. It is more decorated than any other live studio supplier, by-far, and has published a host of the industry’s most beloved live dealer games; falling into the categories of both class-style table games (Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, etc), as well as some more unique, game show-style varieties (Dream Catcher, Lightning Dice, Monopoly Live, etc.)

A few weeks ago, the company announced the launch of a brand new game they call Speed Blackjack Live. It is, for all intents and purposes, the fastest live dealer blackjack game on the world wide web to date. In order to ensure the quickest game speed, this new title breaks the most traditional rules of etiquette. It’s not the seating arrangement, but rather speed that determines who’s hand is played first.

How It’s Played: Live Dealer Speed Blackjack

For the most part, this is your standard variety blackjack game. The usual rules of classic blackjack are employed, including the following:

  • Up to 7 players
  • 8 decks of cards
  • Dealer stands on all 17s
  • Double on any first two cards
  • Split up to two hands
  • No double after split
  • No drawing to split aces
  • Dealer peeks for blackjack
  • Blackjack pays 3:2

What sets this game apart from all the others are these more unique rules, designed specifically to promote faster game play.

Faster Timer: Once all hands have received their first two cards, a single timer starts with 7 seconds fewer than Evolution’s standard tables.

First Come, First Serve: additional cards are dealt to players on a first-to-act basis. For example, the first player to press the Hit, Double or Split button will be dealt cards accordingly. The next fastest to act will get the next card, and so on, until all player hands have been completed (Stand or Bust).

Auto-Hit: Any player who fails to act before the timer runs out with a hand total of 11 or less, will automatically take a Hit.

Auto-Stand: Any player who fails to act before the timer runs out with a hand total of 12 or more, will automatically stand on the current total.

Overall Game Speed: Evolution attests – and typical game play confirms – the overall speed of Live Speed Blackjack is approximately 30% faster than a standard, 7-seat live dealer game.

Experience Review and Recommendations

As a long-time blackjack player and stead-fast strategist, I found this game quite interesting, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

The speed of the game is only a plus if you’re a good strategy player looking to increase your rate of hands-per-hour; or, if you play for entertainment purposes only and like the heart-pounding challenge of trying to beat your fellow players to the punch.

Personally, I like a slower paced game with a higher RTP. The house edge here, according to its creators, is 0.71% (RTP 99.29%). There are far better paying games, both online and on land. As for the entertainment factor, I find that making rushed decisions can easily result in strategic mistakes. So again, unless you’re an extremely experienced strategist, or a recreational, gut-instinct type of player who loves an adrenaline rush, Evolution’s new Live Dealer Speed Blackjack may not be the game for you.

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Jan 21

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

For more than twenty-five years now, internet gambling has been growing, shifting, evolving into one of the world’s largest eCommerce industries. In that time, we’ve seen a massive explosion of casino games, the software companies that build them, and – of course – the number of players that log on to enjoy them.

Hundreds of digital games creators have entered this market in that time. Most of them didn’t survive, but more than enough have. Some thrive on quantity; others on quality. Then there are those who make a name for themselves by producing unique content – something outside the box – something that makes players stop and think, “Whoa… that’s different!”

Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

Today’s write up is dedicated to the online casino software developers that have changed the way we gamble online; not just ten or twenty years ago, but those that continue to do so in 2020. I’m talking about the ones that make iGaming the mega-sized entertainment industry that it is today. So without further ado, here are the top five digital game changers operating in the global online casino business.

#1 Microgaming

Microgaming Online Casino Games

I know what you’re thinking. Microgaming is old. Microgaming represents what the iGaming industry used to be. You’re not wrong, but there’s so much more to it than that. Yes, Microgaming laid the foundation for online casinos, with roots dating all the way back to 1994. This company had a hand in the development of the world’s very first genuine online casino in 1996. But Microgaming is no has-been. To this day, the Isle of Man-based company is producing – or at least commissioning the production of – world class gaming content.

Most of all, I have to commend them for their foray into exclusivity contracts. Microgaming has commissioned a throng of small companies (ones that could never thrive on their own) to develop games just for their Quickfire platform. Not only has it increased the production rate of Microgaming’s vast portfolio, it’s bringing fresh ideas and features to the iGaming community. And let’s not forget Microgaming’s ever-rewarding Mega Moolah online slot; the only online progressive to seed at $1,000,000.

#2 Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming Best Live Casino for Mobile

Evolution Gaming has brought about a true evolution in iGaming. After launching their first “live casino” product in 2006, this company has managed to produce live dealer games in beast-mode. They have the best software, the best hardware, the best game variety, and by far the most impressive trophy case of any casino software brand in the world. Evolution has been named the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year for 10 years running, and I have no doubt they’ll claim yet another this year.

#3 NetEnt

Gonzos Quest by NetEnt

For the last twenty years, NetEnt (formerly Net Entertainment) has delivered the full iGaming package, and then some. That extra effort has gone towards the fabrication of some of the most immersive 3D slot machines ever to hit the virtual shelves. They wowed us with Gonzo’s Quest in 2011, and teased us with Gonzo’s Quest VR, slated for release in 2020. They are responsible for the Starburst slot, which has, for seven years, popped in and out of the ‘most popular slot machine game’ position. At time of writing, it’s back at #1. Long story short their focus on 3D graphics and immersive game play is unparalleled.

#4 Habanero Systems

Habanero Systems Slot Machines

It was only a few years ago that Habanero Systems erupted onto the market. They were looking for a niche, and they found it in a unique concept – storytelling. Every slot machine they create comes with a complete backstory. Players who don’t skip the intro are drawn into the plot of each game, giving them more reason to play than winning or losing money. They combine this skill with HTML5 programming, impressive 3D visuals, and proven features.

#5 Playtech

Playtech has been making games almost as long as any of their competitors. Most of their games are on par with the industry standard, but there is one thing that sets them apart from all other casino software providers. Playtech has built some of the world’s most interesting license-branded slot machines. Sure, Microgaming has the Jurassic Park and Playboy Slots series, and NetEnt has Vikings and Guns N’ Roses, but I believe Playtech has the more impressive portfolio overall (and those other companies are already on this list, anyway).

DC Comics Slots from Playtech

Playtech brought us The Matrix, Rocky, Kong, Gladiator, Top Gun, American Dad, and a multitude of super-hero branded games, inlcuding a complete series of Superman titles, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, just to name a few.

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Jan 07

Top live dealers casino websites for Canadians in 2020.

Passion for Payouts: Top Live Dealers Casino Sites for Canadians 2020

We’re kicking off the New Year with a fresh list of top-tier live casino operations welcoming Canadian players. Live dealer games are preferred for their realistic experience, closely mimicking that of a land-based casino – as close as you can possibly get on a computer or mobile device. There are real live dealers, operating real table games, with multiple real players joining in the action.

Here in Canada, we are limited in the number of online casinos we can play at. Some provinces are privy to locally-regulated gambling websites, but only two of them have live casino games. There are many more highly reputable and strictly regulated international offerings, but only so many have a good live dealer presentation.

Top Live Dealers Casino Sites for Canadians

Normally, a “top” list of anything has 3, 5, 10, or maybe 20 of the best whatever you’re listing. I’m going out of the box with this list and giving you the “Top 4”. Yes, four of Canada’s best live casinos in 2020. Why four? Because I couldn’t possibly cut this list down to three, and there really isn’t a fifth worthy of inclusion.

I’m also not giving the operators a number ranking. I don’t feel that any one is better than another. They all have differentiating qualities that earned them a spot on this list. For instance, the first two, PlayNow and PlayOLG, are both home-grown operations. Then again, they’re ring-fenced to their local provinces, limiting who can access them. The second two, LeoVegas and Royal Vegas, are open to all Canadians, but present very different live gaming options. With that being said, let’s get right to it…

PlayNow Live Casino – BC and Manitoba Only

PlayNow is a great iGaming operation built, maintained and regulated by the provincial government of British Columbia. Through a player sharing contract with the BCLC, Manitoba residents are also able to partake in PlayNow’s internet gambling activities. For residents of these jurisdictions, the degree of security and player protections can’t be beat.

The PlayNow Live Casino is powered by the industry’s #1 Live Casino brand, Evolution Gaming, and includes live blackjack, infinite blackjack, baccarat, eSqueeze baccarat, roulette, auto roulette and ultimate Texas holdem. That’s not a bad assortment, but it doesn’t include any of Evolution’s immensely popular game show-style productions.

EspaceJeux Live Casino – Quebec Only

Similarly, Espacejeux is the online gambling operation of Loto-Quebec – home grown and locally regulated by that provincial government. As such, security and safety are unquestionable, but only residents of Quebec can sign up an account and place wagers. That’s good for Quebecois, as is the implementation of Evolution Gaming’s world class live dealer software. On the negative side, the only live games are standard blackjack and roulette, baccarat, and Control Squeeze baccarat.

LeoVegas Live Casino – All Canadians Accepted

LeoVegas is an internationally operated casino brand, regulated in multiple jurisdictions. LeoVegas is licensed in its home country of Sweden, and also holds gaming licenses from Denmark and Malta. It is powered by more software brands than I’d care to count; somewhere in the neighborhood of 50. Several of those software studios offer live casino games. As such, this website presents, by far, the largest live gaming menu of any competitor.

There are – and bear in mind, some of these numbers will appear as duplicates due to multi-categorization – 48 live roulette games, 31 live blackjack games, 18 types of “card games”, 16 private Chambre Séparée (high roller) tables, 16 “VIP” tables, 11 live baccarat tables, 7 live “game show” style options, and 5 live poker variants; 23 of which are ‘Fast Play’ titles.

Royal Vegas Live Casino – All Canadians Accepted

There are some who would argue that “less is more”. By this, I mean having so many options – as many as LeoVegas presents – can make it harder to actually pick one. It’s not just a theory, but a scientific fact. Studies have shown that being offered chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream makes it easy to pick one, whereas 30+ flavors can actually cause stress, anxiety, and an accelerated heart rate. Why such difficulty? People tend to fear that they won’t (or didn’t) choose the best option, and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth – pardon the pun.

If you prescribe to this ideal, then I present to you Royal Vegas Canada. Licensed in Malta, this operator only employs one live casino supplier, but it’s the world’s best – also proven by statistical data – Evolution Gaming.

Evolution has won the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year Award for the last 10 years straight. It’s almost as if they’ve figured out the perfect formula for live dealers casino games, and they’ve kept it as confidential as Mr. Krab’s secret formula for the “Krabby Patty”.

Royal Vegas accepts players from all over Canada. It’s also one of the few international sites that is approved to process payments via Interact eTransfer. Live casino games include blackjack, roulette, double ball roulette, baccarat, casino holdem, 3 card poker, Caribbean stud poker, private tables, game show tables, and their signature “Party” tables.

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Dec 12

Is PlayOLG the safe secure online casino Ontario players should trust, or are there better options out there?

Is PlayOLG a Safe Secure Online Casino Ontario Players can Trust?

For more than two decades, Canadians have had access to a seemingly unlimited supply of online gambling websites. It’s not really unlimited, of course. There are nearly 5,000 known iGaming websites in existence. About 25% of them welcome Canadian players and CA$ deposits. How do you know if you’re choosing the right one, when there are 1,000+ sites beckoning?

As of 2015, a lot of Ontario’s internet gamblers have made the easy choice, signing up an account with PlayOLG.com, the official online gaming destination of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). Being mandated, regulated, and operated by our own government certainly offers some assurances, but is it the best option? Let’s take a look at the most reasons to sign up for local iGaming.

PlayOLG is a Safe Secure Online Casino

By far the most advantageous feature of PlayOLG is the fact that it’s run by the same government that is responsible for enforcing the gambling laws of Ontario, and Canada as a whole. OLG is going to do everything in its power to ensure players are protected, just as they aim to protect the players of their walk-in casinos on land. The regulatory body invokes the highest standard security measures to keep player information safe, secure, and out of the hands of those who might use it for harmful purposes.

This is the exact same protocol undertaken by the world’s most distinguished, internationally regulated online casinos. The difference is, we don’t always know which offshore casino is distinguished, and which ones aren’t. We can do a little research to find out, or, we can take the quickest route to safety and join PlayOLG.

It’s a perfect short-term solution for those of us leading busy lives; a classification that covers 99.9% of Ontario’s population, aged 19-60. But is it the best decision in the long-term?

Are There Better Options for Ontarians?

This is a relative question with a relative answer. If PlayOLG offers everything you desire out of an online casino, by all means, take full advantage of its fast-track to supreme security. There’s a lot to be enjoyed by members of the home-grown iGaming website.

PlayOLG has (at time of writing) 110 casino games to choose from, including 90 traditional slots, 5 progressive jackpot slots, 11 table games and 4 video pokers. As an added perk, you can purchase all of your number-draw lottery and instant win tickets directly from the website or mobile app. If these features satisfy all your iGaming needs, there’s no reason to go anywhere else.

You’ll even have access to a rather generous welcome bonus worth up to $300 in bonus credits. Furthermore, no offshore website is going to match PlayOLG’s astonishingly-low wagering requirements of 10x WR on the bonus amount only. (Learn more about the PlayOLG Welcome Bonus here.)

With all these perks you may be wondering, what do internationally regulated gambling sites offer that PlayOLG doesn’t?

Benefits of Taking Your iGaming Overseas

There are a few good reasons why so many Ontario players have continued doing their iGaming with offshore operators. At one time, it was the promotions that drew players overseas more than anything else, but now that Ontario offers the same level of generosity – if not more – there are only to notable perks for outsourcing your online gambling.

The first is game variety. International online casinos offer anywhere from a few hundred to over one thousand games. It all depends on the software brand(s) they employ. Royal Vegas Canada, for instance, only licenses software from two companies; Microgaming for its RNG-based games, and Evolution Gaming for its live casino content. This may not sound like much, but Microgaming has more than 900 games in its ever-growing portfolio, and Evolution is has been number-one supplier of live dealer casino games for 10 years running.

It’s hard to beat that kind of content, but LeoVegas Mobile Casino does. LeoVegas operates under the philosophy that more is always better. They employ more than 50 different software brands – including Microgaming and Evolution Gaming, as well as the IGT and Scientific Games brands licensed to PlayOLG – to deliver thousands upon thousands of games to their customers.

The second benefit is access to different forms of gambling you can’t find on PlayOLG. Offshore online casinos are not restricted to following the letter of Canadian federal law. They can supply everything, from online poker and sports betting on single events, to international lottery drawings, to skill-based arcade games.

Conclusion

As I said, the correct choice is a relative one. If you’re looking for minimal gaming in a guaranteed safe secure online casino environment, PlayOLG is a fantastic choice. If you want more out of your gaming experience, and don’t mind doing a little research to find the most trusted offshore casino brands, you’ll find the international iGaming landscape to be incomparably well endowed.

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Nov 25

Introduction to Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker from Evolution

Introduction to Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker from Evolution Gaming

When you think of Texas Holdem, what comes to mind? Probably a group of players seated around a table, fiddling with their chip stacks, stoic poker faces revealing nothing of their underlying emotions. But there is another game of this nature known as Texas Holdem Bonus Poker, and anyone can play it, with or without a bluff-worthy poker face.

In its traditional format, Texas Holdem is a player-versus-player (PvP) gambling game; one wherein the players compete only against each other, and the casino profits by taking a commission, or rake, off the top of each pot. The Holdem Bonus Poker edition is more akin to every other casino-style amusement, where the player competes against a single house bank.

It didn’t take long for Texas Holdem Bonus Poker to catch on in land-based and online casinos. It became so popular, in fact, that everyone’s favorite Live Casino supplier, Evolution Gaming, chose to convert it into one of their award winning real-time streaming games. They call it Live Dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Poker.

Live Texas Holdem Bonus Poker by Evolution

The base game is incredibly similar to a normal Texas Holdem poker game. Hole cards, community cards and hand ranks are exactly the same. While other players can join in, you won’t have to worry about them. Much like blackjack, your only job is to beat the dealer’s hand to win. In that regard, it’s kind of like playing heads up poker – one on one against a single opponent.

Like any other house banked game, however, the casino always has an advantage over the player, no matter how slight. In this case, the rules give the house an edge of 2.04% on the Ante bet alone, 0.53% overall. Let’s take a closer look…

How to Play Live TX Holdem Bonus Poker

Casino Gaming Online: Live Dealer Texas Holdem

What draws most players to this game is the ability to increase ones bets when the cards are falling in your favor. It gives you the opportunity to control your own destiny in terms of situational hand value.

You start with an Ante bet (we’ll talk about optional side bets later). The dealer will then dealer two hole to the player and him/herself. The player’s hole cards are face up; the dealer’s face down. From here, you can either fold, forfeiting the ante bet, or play on, placing a Flop bet e1qual to 2x the ante.

After placing a Flop bet, the dealer will deal the first three community cards (the Flop). Next you can Check, placing no bet but staying in the hand, or place a Turn bet, equal to 1x the ante. The fourth community card (Turn) is played face up, followed by one last Check or bet – the River bet (1x ante).

At this point, the final River card is played. The dealer turns up their hole cards and both hands are compared. Each must come up with the best possible 5 card hand using any 5-card combination of the 7 cards available to them – these being their own two hole cards plus the five community cards.

Don’t worry, the computer will automatically generate the best possible hand for player and dealer. At this point, the two hands are compared, and the following win, loss and payout rules apply:

If… Then…
Dealer wins Player loses all Ante and Play bets.
Player wins Player wins even money on Play bets (Flop, Turn, River); Ante is a push.
Player wins with Straight or better Player wins even money on all Ante and Play bets.
Dealer and Player tie All Ante and Play bets push.

Live Dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Side Bets

Evolution’s live dealer Texas Holdem Bonus Poker comes with a pair of optional side bets known as the Bonus Bet and the First 5 Jackpot Bet. These wagers are entirely optional. They have no bearing on the base game, nor does the result of the base game have any bearing on the side bets. They can be won or lost irrespective of each other.

Bonus Side Bet

The Bonus bet is based on the player and/or dealer’s hole cards only. The best starting hands in Texas Hold’em are the ones you’re aiming for with this bet, including any pair, or any A with a Jack or better (A-A, A-K, A-Q, A-J), with suited hole cards paying more. You cannot combine the player and dealer cards. Either the player’s and/or dealer’s hand must match one of the winning hands shown in the pay table below.

Hole Cards Payout
A-A, Player’s and Dealer’s Hand 1000 to 1
A-A, Player’s Hand Only 30 to 1
A-K, Suited 25 to 1
A-J or A-Q, Suited 20 to 1
A-K, Mixed Suits 15 to 1
J-J, Q-Q or K-K 10 to 1
A-J or A-Q, Mixed Suits 5 to 1
Any Pair 2-2 thru 10-10 3 to 1

First 5 Jackpot Side Bet

This $1 side bet carries a progressive jackpot, paying out to any hand of high enough rank. Only the player’s hand rank counts towards the First 5 Jackpot bet.

The jackpot grows with every First 5 side bet placed, and pays out 100% of its girth when a Royal Flush is dealt (assuming at least one player made the bet). Since all players are sharing the same hand, all players who have placed the bet will share in an equal portion of the total jackpot. A progressive counter display on the right of the screen will show exactly how much of the jackpot each player is privy to if a Royal Flush is dealt.

The following hand ranks and pay table apply.

Hole Cards Payout
Royal Flush 100% of Jackpot
Straight Flush 2,500
4 of a Kind 250
Full House 50
Flush 25
Straight 10
3 of a Kind 3

Overall RTP

Each eligible bet within this game carries its own theoretical return to player. The Play bets have the highest return rate of 99.47%. The Ante bet only has an RTP of 97.96%, but is required in order to get the higher RTP on any Play bets.

The side bets are sucker bets, of course. The Bonus side bet will net you an RTP of 91.46%, equivalent to a house edge of 8.54%. If you think that’s bad, the First 5 Jackpot is far worse at 81.84% RTP (house edge 18.16%).

Don’t be fooled into making this bet. Many players feel the urge to place it, thinking the odds of winning at least a share of the jackpot will be so much higher with a large number of players participating, but it is nothing like the Bad Beat Jackpots on a traditional live Texas Holdem game (PvP). There is only one player hand being dealt – not one hand to each active player. The odds of a Royal Flush being dealt are still an incredibly low 1 in 43,316, no matter how many players are at the table.

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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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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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