Rush Street Interactive Launches Exclusive Live Dealer Studio For Blackjack Players in PA and NJ

New BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios exclusively for players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania make getting to the action easier.

Blackjack players on BetRivers Casino or PlaySugarhouse Casino in Pennsylvania, get ready for some VIP treatment. Exclusive new BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios offers customers priority access to spots in the games going forward.

Users of the app in PA will now get to mingle with PlaySugarhouse Casino users in New Jersey as they place their bets. Both Rush Street Interactive (RSI) brands have answered customers’ calls for an improved experience.

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Changes for BetRivers live dealer blackjack games

When players on the BetRivers app access the live dealer blackjack tables in PA, they’re likely to notice some aesthetic changes. Instead of seeing branding for the company that produces the games, Evolution Gaming, they will see branding for BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse.

Evolution is still running these games, so there won’t be much if any change in function. The branding is just a signal that this studio is for RSI customers only. Currently, only RSI customers in NJ and PA have access to the studio.

This change is about much more than just keeping BetRivers’ logo in front of your face, though. Exclusivity is a big benefit. Evolution Gaming provides live dealer products for several online casino operators besides RSI.

In PA, those brands include BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino, and PlayLive! Casino. As there are obviously only so many seats at each gaming table, that leads to high demand for spots in the games. This move equalizes the supply in a way by providing Rush Street customers their own tables.

Improved access to live dealer tables for PA players

Prior to this change, RSI users effectively had to “share” the Evolution studios with players from other casino brands. The investment in exclusive studios seems a result of customers expressing their dismay about that.

Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, commented in a press release:

“Since we initially launched our live dealer games with Evolution in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’ve had requests from customers to offer exclusive tables with seats only available to players loyal to our brands. Now our players will have their own dedicated seats where they are able to chat and interact with not only our dealers but also other players in our online community, who can interact in real-time, adding a fun social aspect to the betting experience as if they were at a land-based casino.”

The new dual studios will each feature three blackjack tables. At this time, it isn’t clear whether these exclusive studios will offer other games in the future. Even on this level, though, there are some perks.

If you have a friend in NJ who you’d like to play alongside, for instance, the two of you are more likely to get in a game together now. As any experienced blackjack player knows, games go more smoothly when other players at the table have experience playing blackjack. The situation hasn’t improved for just Rush Street players, either.

More seats at the live dealer tables for everyone

By “removing” BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse users from the pool of players in the Evolution studios, the supply improves for everyone. All PA online casino players should find it a bit easier to get a seat at a blackjack table moving forward.

The same thing applies to RSI customers who play with other brands themselves. There are plenty of options in the Keystone State when it comes to live dealer blackjack. PA operators that offer such games besides the aforementioned brands include:

Players who have yet to try out BetRivers or PlaySugarhouse online casinos can take advantage of new customer bonuses like a 100% match of your first deposit up to $250. If blackjack is your game, there’s never been a better time to take a seat.

Lead image screenshot of BetRivers live dealer table. 

Your Guide to Live Dealer Games at PA Online Casinos

Live dealer games finally arrived at PA online casinos. Here’s a look at how they work, and where you can play them in Pennsylvania.

The much-anticipated live dealer games are now available in Pennsylvania.

Live dealer give players the chance to play casino table games, at home in real time with a live dealer. The most common options are blackjack, roulette and baccarat.

These games are transmitted from a remote studio and live-streamed to computers and mobile devices. A dealer, just like if you were at a casino, deals the cards.

Some reasons players prefer live dealer:

  • Social interaction
  • Slower pace
  • More entertaining than playing against RNG (random number generator)
  • Trust playing a live dealer more than RNG

These games in PA are provided to casino operators via a partnership with Evolution Gaming. To get a feel for the games, see the demo video from PlayUSA provided below.

Here are some online casinos in Pennsylvania that feature live dealer and a list of their selection of games, which are available on iOS, Android and desktop.

BetRivers online casino

The BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse library features low- and high-stakes Blackjack games (with side bets such as 21+3 and Bet Behind).

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

DraftKings Casino

Players in PA can access DraftKings Casino through the standalone casino app, the DraftKings sportsbook app or via desktop.

DraftKings live dealer selections in PA so far include:

  • DraftKings Blackjack 1: Min bet $100/max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min bet $30/Max bet $2,500
  • Backjack 2: Min bet $50/Max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 3: Min bet $250/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 4: Min bet $50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 5: Min bet 50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 6: Min bet $30/Max bet $2500
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min bet $1/Max bet $5,000
  • Roulette: Min bet $.50/Max bet $2,000
  • Auto Roulette: Min bet .10/max bet $10,000

FanDuel online casino

Live dealer games for FanDuel can be accessed through through the standalone app, the FanDuel sportsbook app, or via desktop.

FanDuel games selection:

  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Slingshot Roulette: Min .10/Max $10,000
  • Blackjack Table 1: Min $25/Max $5.000
  • Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack Table 3: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 4: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 5: Min $50/max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 6: Min $30/Max $2500
  • First Person Lightning Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000
  • First Person Blackjack: Min $1/Max $5,000
  • First Person Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000

Bet MGM online casino

BetMGM live dealer:

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • American Auto Roulette
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette

Borgata PA casino

Borgata online casino is the sister site of BetMGM, which launched in PA in partnership with Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

The site has live dealer offerings including:

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette

Caesars Casino

Live dealer at Caesars online casino:

  • Live Blackjack Table 1: Min $30/Max $2500
  • Live Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,00o
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5000
  • Live Roulette: Min. 50/Max $10,000)

Unibet

Live dealer at Unibet online casino:

  • Infinite blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min $30/Max $2,500
  • Blackjack 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Roulette: Min .50/Max $10,000
  • Auto routlette: Min .10/Max $1,000

Hollywood casino

Live dealer choices at Hollywood online casino:

  • Blackjack Live (6 tables)
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

Description of Evolution Studio’s Live Dealer Games

Here’s a description of the live dealer games from Evolution Studios.

First person Lightning Roulette: In every game round, one to five randomly generated lucky numbers are struck by lightning and have random multipliers of between 50x and 500x applied.

First Person Roulette: The classic single zero game from a first person perspective.

Blackjack Live: Touted as the “fastest live dealer blackjack in the world.” There are seven seats at each live table. An unlimited number of players can also “bet behind.” Live dealers interact with players throughout the game and deal “real” cards. Bets are placed through an interface as players try to achieve a hand that’s closer to 21 (without going over) than the dealer’s hand.

Players also have the choice of:

  • Full screen video
  • Optional insurance
  • Double down
  • Split pair bets
  •  21+3 and Perfect Pairs Side Bets
  • Pre-Decision and Bet Behind added-value features

First Person Blackjack: A first person view of the table (pictured, right). It includes the usual Blackjack bets and Perfect Pairs and 21+3 side bets. In addition, the player has a choice of five hands in each game round. You can place a bet on one hand or multiple hands.

Infinite Blackjack: An unlimited number of players can all play on the same seat whereas standard Blackjack tables have 7 seats.

Tipping dealers at online casinos

When you are playing live dealer games, you can tip dealers just like you would at a brick-and-mortar-casino.

Click on the “hamburger menu”and you will see an option for tipping. The dealer’s name will appear and you’ll be given an option of what amount you would like to tip.

Live dealer demo from Golden Nugget NJ

If you would like to get a look at how live dealer games work, check out this video from the PlayUSA YouTube channel.

The Wait Is Over: Where to Play Live Dealer Tables Games Online in Pennsylvania

The long wait for live dealer games at PA online casinos is over. Find out what took so long, what games you will find and where you can play them.

And just like that, after months of waiting, Evolution Gaming began its test run this week of the first live dealer options in Pennsylvania.

The company, which also operates in New Jersey, where it has at least seven affiliations, has had a conditional PA license since this past January. And it began the process more than a year ago.

The two-day test period for Evolution’s live dealer games ended at 9 p.m. Oct. 22. Following the soft launch, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved it for full-time operation.

Where to play Evolution live dealer games in PA

In PA, Evolution has partnership deals with several online casino operators. The first four casinos to launch came from Rush Street Interactive and Penn National.

Caesars and Parx are also expected to offer live dealer options soon.

Live dealer games on offer at PA online casinos

Evolution launched live dealer variations of blackjack and roulette, with more games to come. As of now, you can find:

  • Roulette Live
  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack Live
  • First Person Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette and Lightning Roulette

Also on the way to PA are:

  • Baccarat Live
  • Three Card Poker Live
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em Live

Live dealer games follow approved rules, side wagers and payout tables, such as those found in a land-based casino.

Appeal of live dealer games

The live games’ appeal is the chance for social interaction, from the comfort of home and with social distancing.

Dealers are playing with real cards from a studio in Philly, while players make decisions from home. So in essence, the live dealer takes the convenience of gaming from home and adds the ability to play table games dealt by real-life dealers.

The long delay since licensing for Evolution

While the game is the same, the remote studio’s approval process was time-consuming, explaining the long lag time.

And while the company was established in New Jersey, it needed a PA studio and a secure server in the Keystone State.

As PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach told our sister publication, PlayPennsylvania:

“Testing and regulating live dealer studio games is similar to other online casino games from a technology standpoint and is actually similar in many aspects to table games in land-based casinos, except there is no cash or gaming chips and, of course, players are not physically present.

“Since there is a human element in this online gaming, the PGCB must license studio staff who operate the games as we would dealers in a land-based casino. Also, similar to table games setups at land-based casinos, we have to ensure adequate security and surveillance in the studio that allows us to monitor the live dealer and helps us ensure the operator conducts table game operations in accordance with PGCB regulations.”

Evolution Gaming expansion to PA

Evolution Gaming already had eight studios globally and more than 8,000 employees. The company trades on the Stockholm NASDAQ.

As a recruiting incentive, the company tells potential roulette employees they can earn tokens from an unlimited number of gamblers.

In NJ, Evolution offers slingshot roulette, baccarat, three card poker and ultimate Texas hold ’em poker. And it has the potential to offer even more games, according to its website.

James Stern, Evolution’s chief business development officer, said last year of the company’s expansion to PA:

“Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a stand-alone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state.

“We continue to stay at the forefront, maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.”