Evolution Gaming, a live casino software provider located in Sweden, has released a new, speedier version of Blackjack. Since its inception in 2006, the company’s primary focus has been on the development of live dealer games and associated content. Their newest offering, dubbed “Speed Blackjack,” is a fine addition to their extensive discography.
Blackjack at Light Speed
Similar to Evolution Gaming’s other live Blackjack offerings, Speed Blackjack is based on the European rather than the American version of the game. The arithmetic of the game remains unaffected; the only change is that the pace is significantly quicker and there is much less downtime. The dealing sequence is what sets the speed variant apart and allows for its rapid pace.
Each player receives two cards face down at the start of the game, much like in traditional live Blackjack games, and then everyone acts simultaneously. The next card is dealt to each player in the same sequence in which they indicated their preference for a Hit, Split, or Stand to the dealer. From round after round, until the game is over, the same pattern of dealing will occur.
According to Chief Product Officer Todd Haushalter, the new variant of live Blackjack is 30–40% faster than standard play and gives players more agency. This makes it perfect for seasoned gamers who like a brisk pace, either because they enjoy action-packed games or are short on time.
Haushalter continued by saying that his company conceptualized Speed Blackjack in light of the established convention that players must wait their turn and wager from the dealer’s left to right. According to Haushalter, the team only wondered why players should have to wait.
The Expanding Collection at Evolution Gaming
Speed Blackjack kicks out 2020 for Evolution Gaming, which has already released a number of live casino games, including many in 2019. The business introduced its RNG/live dealer hybrids First Person Dream Cather and First Person Lightning Roulette last summer.
A unique Go Live button allows players to rapidly switch to the live screen when they are able to. The games are faster than the standard live dealer versions and perform better under specific conditions. Since the First Person approach has been so well received, many industry insiders believe that additional Evolution Gaming games may soon adopt it as well.
The company has integrated the elements with game show action in its Deal or No Deal Game, which features both live dealers and RNG technology via the First Person design. Among their many revolutionary developments is Football Studio, which combines sports betting with card play.
Expanding into Uncharted Markets
Evolution Gaming has been actively growing their company by entering new markets in addition to adding new products to their catalog. They have been given permission to open a real money casino in Pennsylvania by the state’s gaming regulators.
The developer announced its partnership with racecourse and casino operator Penn National Gaming in November of 2019. By that time, the company was ready to supply its services to locally licensed operators.
Players in Pennsylvania may now take advantage of all that Evolution Gaming has to offer, and the company plans to expand into many more areas in 2020. This year, the company should continue to thrive and provide exciting gambling options thanks to the upcoming releases of additional live casino games.