Mia Gardner | 13 Jan 2020
Speed Blackjack officially launched at Evolution Gaming’s partner casinos on January 9. It is being described as a ‘super-fast’ variant of the firm’s existing live Blackjack offering, and is said to appeal to players who like their casino games as dynamic and exciting as possible.
The casino game follows the same traditional rules as Evolution’s original Live Blackjack, but offers one key difference. That difference lies in the dealing order when a player needs to make their decision. In the rapid new version, every player’s first 2 cards are dealt as they would be if they were playing the classic title.
Then, once these first 2 cards are dealt, all players at the virtual table will simultaneously be given the chance to Double Down, Split or Hit as they see fit. The player who makes their decision first will be dealt their next card first, and so on. This unique pattern of dealing will continue until all players have made their choices and all additional cards have been dealt.
Speed Blackjack is the latest release in Evolution’s growing collection of live casino games. Late last year, the company added First Person Lightning Roulette and First Person Dream Catcher to its portfolio as well. Both titles have an exclusive ‘Go Live’ button that whisks players out of First Person mode to live dealer mode when pressed.
Commenting on the new release, Evolution CPO Todd Haushalter noted that Speed Blackjack is around 40% faster than his company’s classic Live Blackjack title. He added that the new game offers players much more control, which results in dramatically lower waiting times.
When asked about the inspiration behind the release, Haushalter said that for over a century players have had to make decisions from the dealer’s left to right, and every player had to wait for their predecessor to call their shots. Evolution asked themselves why players should have to wait, introducing Speed Blackjack as their brilliant solution.
Aside from adding to its portfolio, the company has also been hard at work expanding into new markets. In 2019, the firm was granted a license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board that allowed it to establish a live casino games studio in the state and supply its wares to local brands. The firm later announced in November that it had teamed up with Penn National Gaming as well.