BetMGM has launched live tables – including the state’s first private blackjack table – at its BetMGM casino platform in West Virginia. Live action expands operator gaming options; BetMGM Casino launched in West Virginia in August 2020.
In partnership with Evolution Technology, the new table offerings include many favorite real money online casino games. In addition to a private BetMGM blackjack table, Roulette, Auto Roulette, Flash Roulette, Infinite Blackjack, Speed Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Three Card Poker games are also available .
All of these games are streamed live from Evolution’s studio in Pennsylvania.
“BetMGM is thrilled to make our market-leading live dealer experience available to players in West Virginia,” said Oliver Bartlett, Chief Gaming Officer for BetMGM, in a press release. “Our partnership with Evolution is an important part of our player-centric strategy, helping us to remain the most dominant live gaming operator in the United States”
Evolution increases the footprint in the United States
Evolution opened its first live casino studio in the United States, in the New Jersey online casino market, in August 2018, and followed with studios in Pennsylvania, Michigan and soon Connecticut, the company said. company in the press release.
West Virginia becomes the fourth US state where Evolution operates the live casino. The company has been operating its portfolio of slot machines in this market since September 2020.
“We’re sure online players will love what they see and the experience of playing live at the tables, just like they would in a real land-based casino,” said Jeff Millar, North America Commercial Director at Evolution. Players on the platform bet in real time, with real dealers and alongside other players online.
iGaming online casino apps such as BetMGM are available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, West Virginia and Delaware, while over 30 states and the District of Columbia offer some form of betting sports, retail, online or both.
Sports games against iGaming
In May, a panel of guests at the iGaming NEXT New York conference discussed the future prospects for online sports betting against iGaming.
During the conference, Dr. Laila Mintas, Founder of Dr. Mintas Consulting, said, “If we think about it, sports betting was legalized in the United States four years ago. So it’s a fairly new and young industry and many American companies that have come to the United States or were founded and created here act almost like startups. It is a very strong growth that they foresee. Many of them are very far from being profitable. And the expense is immense when it comes to user acquisition.
“iGaming is the long-term profit center for all of these companies,” Chad Beynon, managing director of Macquarie Securities, told the conference when comparing online gaming to sports betting. “What we’re seeing right now is that the average iGaming user is spending around $300 a month. These are numbers that come from Rush Street Interactive and Golden Nugget, some of the leaders. Sports betting costs around $100 per month.
But the new industry has growing difficulties to overcome.
“Licensing is a big deal,” Rob Heller, president and CEO of Spectrum Gaming Capital, said at the conference. “I have been dealing with companies for decades who want to enter this space. Once they get into the licensing element – and what impact it’s going to have on their business – they say it’s not worth it.”