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Evolution Gaming Opens Live Casino Studio

Evolution Gaming Opens Live Casino Studio

Evolution Gaming Opens Its Michigan Live Casino Studio

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Evolution Gaming opened a live casino studio in Michigan on July 22, 2021, from which live blackjack games – including standard blackjack and Infinite Blackjack – as well as live table games were broadcast live in real-time.

The purpose-built studio is the first of its kind in Michigan and is approved by the Michigan Gambling Control Board (MGCB). However, Sweden-based Evolution Gaming has 10 other live casino studios in other locations, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the United States, and in other countries.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

According to Jeff Millar, Evolution’s commercial director for North America, the Michigan studio is among the largest and well-equipped in the United States iGaming market. It allows some online casino operators to provide leading games, operated by professional and friendly dealers, to players in Michigan on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.

Millar further stated that Evolution’s objective is to produce a world-class selection of games to instill joy in players and entertain them. In addition, the studio is also designed to maximize opportunities for operators.

Evolution Operator Sharing

This studio has been well received by Michigan entrepreneurs. In fact, several of them have expressed interest in commissioning Evolution for dedicated and exclusively branded online blackjacks and other live table games.

The following game operators were broadcast during the launch of Evolution’s Michigan live casino studio:

  • William Hill
  • Barstool Sports
  • TwinSpires
  • BetMGM
  • Poker Stars
  • BetRivers
  • FanDuel
  • DraftKings

NetEnt Games in Michigan

Live game studio Evolution is not the company’s first spread to the Michigan market. In January 2021, NetEnt, a subsidiary of Evolution Gaming, partnered with several operators to provide some of its online casino games for players in Michigan. The titles include Blackjack, Divine Fortune, and Starburst.

Evolution Gaming acquired NetEnt in December 2020 as part of an all-stock deal worth about $2.12 billion.

Online gambling in Michigan

MGCB made many gamblers at Wolverine State happy when it opened online gambling and online sports betting in January 2021. Since then, Michigan Internet-based gambling has continued to grow and options have grown for segments such as table games, poker, slots, and sports betting.

Numbers released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board show that Internet games and online sports betting show interest in this activity by Michigan residents and visitors. Online casino operators and sports betting in the state earned revenue in June 2021 of $114.2 million.

Online casinos earned $89.2 million in gross receipts while online sports betting operators earned $25 million. The amount of money the players at stake in Michigan in June 2021 totaled more than $235 million.

Playtech to Enter Michigan

Evolution Gaming is not the only global gambling software development company interested in expanding in Michigan. In March 2021, Isle of Man-based Playtech revealed the long-term leases it acquired for the first live casino studio in Michigan and in the United States.

Playtech Studios, located in Southfield, has been approved by MGCB. Offering state-of-the-art live casino technology, the facility aims to provide network desks as well as dedicated tables for operators.

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