Live casino games are very popular with some players. Many Canadian users prefer the live excitement of a real dealer and a number of the biggest names in the industry cater just for them.
There aren’t many bigger names in the live casino game than Evolution Gaming. Many online casinos use Evolution’s games for their live casino sections and the company has become the go-to name for live dealer games.
The most popular games for online live casinos are much the same as the casino floor favourites across the world. You can look at three-card poker, roulette, keno, and, of course, blackjack.
Live dealer blackjack is already a huge hit with players, especially those who enjoy the format on Evolution Gaming. Now, the company has unveiled a brand new version of the game called Speed Blackjack. Evolution hopes it will revolutionise the game in its live casino format.
“Why should players have to wait?”
The big difference between the regular game and Evolution’s Speed Blackjack is that things can be played out of order. Normally, the dealer will move through the players from their left to right, asking whether they want to hit, split, stand, or double down. That’s the way it has worked for centuries.
Speed Blackjack does things a little differently. After the initial two-card hands are drawn, players have the option to hit, double down, or split as normal. The big difference is that whichever player is faster will get the next card.
“For the last hundred years or so, Blackjack players have made decisions from the dealer’s left to right, in order, and everyone has had to wait for the deciding player because that is how it’s always been done in casinos,” said Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer at Evolution.
“We asked ourselves, ‘Why should players have to wait?’. With Speed Blackjack, players make their decision when they are ready and whoever is fastest gets the next hit card, giving the player more control. This has no impact on the maths of the game, it just reduces waiting time.
“Compared to our standard Live Blackjack game, Speed Blackjack is about 30–40% faster. I must say, it feels really good as a player because it is the game you know and love, but you have more control and there’s much less waiting time.”
It’s an interesting new twist. It’s now up to players in Canada to decide whether or not this new format on the centuries-old game is worth sticking with.