Evolution Gaming and Golden Nugget Ink Nationwide Live Dealer Games Deal
In an extension of a partnership which produced New Jersey’s dominant online / mobile casino operator group, Evolution Gaming and Golden Nugget have agreed to a historic Live Dealer partnership.
The Latvia-based Evolution has become the iGaming industry’s leading provider of Live Dealer online / mobile casino games. When playing a Live Dealer game, users watch and wager on live streamed real time footage of human dealers operating genuine casino equipment, such as roulette wheels, blackjack tables, and other games including baccarat and Three Card Poker.
Evolution and Golden Nugget Share Lucrative Live Dealer History
Evolution provided Golden Nugget Atlantic City with the Garden State’s first Live Dealer offerings back in August of 2016.
By November of that year, the addition of Live Dealer games propelled the Golden Nugget’s iGaming licensing group to a massive industry-leading market share in New Jersey – one the group has held a stranglehold on for 41 consecutive months.
Last month, the Golden Nugget’s iGaming licensing group led all New Jersey operators with an all-time high of $27,642,909 in monthly “win” revenue – and it did so without the benefit of an online / mobile poker platform. In a distant second place was the Resorts Casino licensing group, which collectively won $16,119,036 from players in April.
In August of 2018, Evolution opened a dedicated Live Dealer studio in Atlantic City to supplement its existing location in Riga, Latvia. In the interim, several of the most prominent iGaming platforms in New Jersey have integrated Live Dealer games by contracting with Evolution’s first American live streaming facility.
With a successful precedent long since established, the two companies issued a joint press release on May 19 to announce that their productive partnership will soon be expanded on a national scale.
Deal Seeks to Bring Evolution’s Live Dealer Options to New American Markets
As part of that press release, Golden Nugget’s senior vice president and general manager of online gaming Thomas Winter outlined the parameters of his company’s “strategic agreement” with Evolution:
“Our online players and those of our partners are very well served with our existing online Live Casino offering in terms of classic casino table games.
The agreement with Evolution will give our players and those of our operating partners access to more unique show-style games and other unique titles, enriching their live gaming experience.
The new generation of Evolution Live Casino games will also help us serve a broader player demographics, including sports bettors.
This we believe, will allow us collectively to further increase the share of online casino revenue attributed to Live games.”
We are honored to be working in partnership with Golden Nugget in what we believe is a key agreement that paves the way for further exciting growth in the US Live Casino market.
The “new generation” of Live Dealer games from Evolution includes titles such as Dream Catcher, Side Bet City, and Top Card.
In light of their existing partnerships with Evolution and its Live Dealer studio in Atlantic City, the following New Jersey-facing online / mobile casinos will soon add these new games:
- BetfairCasino.com (FanDuel)
The press release also included the following statement from Sebastian Johannisson, who serves as chief commercial officer for Evolution Gaming:
“We are honored to be working in partnership with Golden Nugget in what we believe is a key agreement that paves the way for further exciting growth in the US Live Casino market.
This deal further consolidates our position in New Jersey while providing an additional strategic platform from which to introduce additional new games to the US, including titles that have already been very successful in the Live Casino space in Europe.”
Golden Nugget’s brick and mortar casino venues outside of New Jersey – which cover Biloxi, Mississippi, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Las Vegas and Laughlin in Nevada – furnish Evolution with access to emerging American markets.
To that end, the companies predicted an expansion of Live Dealer availability as those states move forward on iGaming legalization and regulation:
“Evolution and Golden Nugget have also stated that, as US online gaming legislation evolves, their companies will together explore opportunities in other US states.”