After online casinos got the green light to operate in Michigan earlier this year, live dealer games have finally arrived in the state. In the US, the gaming company Evolution maintains a monopoly on live dealer casino games, but that is unlikely to last long in Michigan as other companies are vying for a chance to launch their products and provide Evolution with fierce competition.
Liver dealer blackjack games allow players to interact with human dealers drawing cards. The format differs from standard online blackjack that operates on random number generator (RNG) technology.
Playtech is boasting a growing share of the North American online gambling market. Its partnership with Parx means that it services Play Gun Lake Casino, the online division of the Gun Lake Casino, owned and operated by Michigan’s Band of Pottawatomi Indians. The company is working on software that would give Evolution a run for its money and end its domination of live dealer games, including blackjack.
Scientific Games, another online gambling developer, partnered with FireKeepers Online Casino and is dedicated to expanding its business. After a recent acquisition of Authentic Gaming, it hopes to launch new live dealer products, placing it in competition with Evolution.
Live dealer games available in Michigan
Six Michigan casinos recently announced that they would launch brand-specific live dealer blackjack games using Evolution’s technology. They are the Golden Nugget Casino, FanDuel Casino, BetMGM Casino, Draftkings Casino, BetRivers Casino, and Caesars Casino. WynnBet Casino, Stars Casino, TwinSpires Casino, and Barstool Casino continue using Evolution’s software and technology platform but do not yet have dedicated live dealer blackjack tables. Based on these developments, many users are putting cutting-edge gaming computers on their Christmas wish lists.
Live dealer games officially started in July, six months after Michigan launched online casinos. Subsequently, revenues have seen significant growth. The already substantial numbers were boosted by the users opting to play live dealer blackjack. Some players are traveling to Michigan to play live dealer blackjack.
Evolution wants to continue the expansion of live dealer games into Michigan, including roulette and poker. It says that each foray into live dealer games will bring additional revenues to Michigan’s online casinos. However, no set timelines on when this will happen are available.
These games are already available in states with substantial online gambling economies, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. However, they are ahead of the curve, having launched their operations well in advance of Michigan. The Great Lakes State is expected to play catch-up in the coming months.