After revolutionizing the sports betting scene in the US over a year and a half ago, the state of New Jersey is getting ready to make live online gambling a bigger stage to step up. The regulators have approved the expansion of a Live Casino Studio in the state for its gambling patrons.
New announcements bring more cheer
According to a notice posted on the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Evolution Gaming received the state’s approval to expand its Live Casino Studio. The company supplies live dealer table games for mobile/online casinos using live streams. The Live Casino Studio can now expand its premises from 3,163 square feet to 5,386 square feet, giving it a significant advantage.
Evolution Gaming will use the extra space to bring in 26 new internet gaming tables. Of these, it will use 24 tables for blackjack. One will be dedicated to Side Bet City and one to Money Wheel. The Studio started operations last year with 10 tables, but the notice didn’t specify the number of tables it currently has. The Studio has already partnered with several operators in the US online gambling industry and aims to expand its business further.
Last year, its CEO Martin Carlesund said that their New Jersey Live Casino Studio hosts a wide variety of games since day one. He added that it has more room for expansion to meet the needs of its US licensees.
“We are now extremely well placed to support our licensees as they acquire and grow market share in the exciting new US Live Casino market,” he said.
Former Trump property used as Live Studio
The Studio is located at the erstwhile Trump Taj Mahal casino, a property it showed off in a recent YouTube video. Its security is being handled by the Hard Rock Security Department. The DGE said that it would inspect the property before deciding if it should be used for gaming activity.
Live dealer online table games are a very popular form of gambling in Europe, but they haven’t caught on in the US yet. The games entered the American market in mid-2016 when the New Jersey iGaming sector was only three years old. The pioneer of live gaming in the state was Golden Nugget, which partnered with Ezugi, a software provider, to create new offerings. Evolution bought their business in November 2018. The DGE doesn’t provide public data about revenue earned by live dealer online table games, which makes it difficult to judge the growth in this industry.