Live Dealer Online Games To Launch In Michigan This Week

Blackjack, roulette, and baccarat are the first three games allowed to be dealt live
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Real-time, livestreamed, live dealer games are about to debut in Michigan, thanks to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authorizing them Wednesday morning.

The games — which will at first be limited to blackjack, baccarat, and roulette — can go live at 10 a.m. Thursday via Evolution, which has become the first company to be granted the ability to offer live games.

Nearly all the current sportsbook and casino operators in Michigan — including BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, Golden Nugget, Barstool, BetRivers, the Stars Casino, TwinSpires/Bet America, William Hill and WynnBet — offer live dealing in other states. While each company can choose to go live Thursday, it is up to each operator to determine separately when it will begin using Evolution’s product.

“Players can use a mobile device or computer to play typical land-based casino games like blackjack, baccarat and roulette with a real-time, live dealer,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said in a press release. “Cameras capture the dealer and the play, and the providers’ apps or websites share it live with remote players.”

Evolution was approved after fulfilling Michigan internet gaming regulatory requirements, including an onsite review by MGCB staff. 

Booming market

Live dealer games are the latest salvo in Michigan’s robust rollout of online gaming.

In fact, despite a mild setback in online gaming revenue in June, the state’s 14 online casinos are still well above pace to claim over a billion dollars in adjusted gross receipts (AGR) for the year, and that’s despite not launching until Jan. 22. 

Even more impressive: The most wide-eyed legislative estimates were for the Michigan online casino market to do about $600 million in AGR once the market matured.

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