Software Spotlight: Evolution Gaming

Everything you need to know about the world leader in live dealer casino gaming.

Away from the virtual gaming sector, Evolution has become one of the most prominent live casino developers in the industry.

Established in 2006, the company offers a variety of live-action casino games, including blackjack, roulette and baccarat. By 2013, Evolution’s purpose-built studio in Riga, Latvia, housed 100 games, making it the largest facility of its kind.

As well as holding the record for the largest live casino studio in the world, Evolution Gaming has become an innovator.

Aiming to take the live casino games to a new level, the company has introduced products such as multi-camera tables, prize multipliers and a selection of unique betting options.

What’s more, Evolution Gaming has pioneered direct casino feeds that allow you to bet on the same action as players inside London’s Hippodrome Casino via your desktop or mobile.

Top Evolution Gaming Live Games

To show you the types of games Evolution has popularised, here are live dealer tables you’ll find inside Betway Live Casino.

Live Roulette:

  • Betting Limits: £0.10 to £10,000
  • Special Features: Bonus multipliers, close-up camera angles, live casino feeds.
  • RTP: 97.30 per cent

By developing new technology and perspectives on the game, Evolution has created a full suite of roulette variants.

For a traditional experience, Betway Live-Casino Roulette uses the European format with minimum bets starting at £0.50.

Alternatively, for high rollers, VIP and Salon Privé allow you to use the same table set-up but wager upwards of £100 per spin.

Beyond its standard roulette offerings, Evolution has developed a variety of innovative alternatives.

For an authentic live roulette experience, Hippodrome Grand Casino broadcasts the action direct from one of London’s largest gaming venues.

For something a little different, Speed Roulette tackles the common issue of live games not being as fast as their virtual counterparts, while Lightning Roulette allows you to win random bonuses worth up to 500X.

Live Dealer Blackjack:

  • Betting Limits: £0.50 to £5,000
  • Special Features: 21+3 side bets, perfect pairs side bets, bet behind.
  • RTP: 99.28 per cent

Evolution’s live blackjack tilts slightly more towards the traditional end of the spectrum than its roulette games.

However, the tables do feature some added extras.

For example, Betway Blackjack Party features hosts that try to make your experience as entertaining as possible. Those that prefer a more serious experience can stake up to £5,000 per hand on the VIP tables.

What the developers at Evolution HQ have also done is to offer a “bet behind” option.

Due to the increasing popularity of live blackjack games, tables can often fill up fairly quickly. To ensure more people get to play, the bet behind feature allows you to stake money on someone else’s hand. Although you don’t get to control the action, you will receive a payout consistent with the outcome of the hand.

Live Dream Catcher:

  • Betting Limits: £0.10 to £2,500
  • Special Features: Wins worth up to 40X, multipliers worth 2X and 7X.
  • RTP: 96.58 per cent

Although Evolution has a varied suite of traditional casino games, Dream Catcher has become a marquee title.

Launched in 2017, the game is a modern take on Wheel of Fortune. In fact, thanks to the live host, Dream Catcher is as much of a game show as it is a casino product.

What’s more, the premise is easy to understand.

Before the wheel spins, players can bet on any of the six numbers as well as two bonus sections. Select the correct sector and it’s possible to win 40X your bet.

Added together, these features put Dream Catcher on the entertainment end of the spectrum, which is why it’s a hit with casual players.

Live Table Games:

  • Betting Limits: £0.50 to £10,000
  • Special Features: Close-up camera angles, speed games and bonus jackpots.
  • RTP:

Baccarat – 98.94 per cent
Casino Hold’em – 97.84 per cent
Texas Hold’em Bonus – 97.96 per cent
Three Card Poker – 96.63 per cent
Ultimate Texas Hold’em – 97.82 per cent

As well as roulette and blackjack, Evolution has recreated the casino classics baccarat and poker using live streaming technology.

Live Baccarat comes in five varieties.

Alongside standard games with bets starting at £1, you can play speed games where the action is 50 per cent faster than squeeze, no commission and dragon tiger games.

For poker fans, the live tables feature Stud and Hold’em games that not only offer standard payouts but bonus wins worth five, six and, sometimes, seven-figure sums.

Football Studio:

  • Betting Limits: £0.10 to £2,500
  • Special Features: Football discussions and results, tie bet worth 11:1, adjustable camera angles.
  • RTP: 96.27 per cent

Released in 2018, Football Studio is based on the saying: a game of two halves. The table itself is modelled on a football pitch and, throughout the game, the dealers discuss the latest football results, their favourite players and more.

The aim of Football Studio is very similar to casino war in that the highest card wins the round.

However, instead of being forced to take whatever card you’re dealt, you can choose to bet on the home or the away team. If you’re correct, you’ll receive a 1:1 payout.

Additionally, you can bet on a draw and receive an 11:1 return if each team’s card is the same value.

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