Online gamblers in New Jersey will now be able to play some of their favorite table games on their computers and mobile devices, but with human dealers.
The iteration of online casino games is now at the Golden Nugget, as its site launched the feature on Thursday.
It’s the first time a live-dealer option will be available to Americans in a regulated gambling market. Online gambling platforms — both regulated sites and unregulated, offshore ones — have offered live dealers previously in other jurisdictions.
Inside Golden Nugget’s live dealers
The live-dealer games went live after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.
The live dealers that will be seen via Golden Nugget’s online casino will deal games from a studio inside the AC casino.
At the start here are the games that are available:
Golden Nugget is working on developing and rolling out more live-dealer casino games for its online platform, as well.
Games are only available during the evening and early morning hours, currently.
Good for Golden Nugget’s business?
As Online Poker Report’s Robert DellaFave points out, differentiating an online casino is a worthwhile endeavor, with 13 different sites serving the New Jersey market.
The live dealer could also act as a bridge between live and online play, DellaFave theorizes:
It is already widely known that NJ online gaming has a complementary, not cannibalistic, effect on land-based turnouts.
By bridging the gap between live and online, this synergy will only increase, with the Live Dealer games acting as a sort of stepping stone for players who play exclusively online.
The experience with a live dealer approximates that which a casino patron would find in a land-based gaming facility. You can chat with dealers and other players in real time, and you can even tip the dealers. Instead of virtual cards and roulette wheels, players get the real thing.
Golden Nugget, already on the rise
Golden Nugget already has taken over the top spot in the New Jersey online casino market, in revenue terms, in June of this year. It set a state record with $3.5 million of online casino revenue.
Will it hold onto that lead? The numbers for July on NJ online gambling are due out in the near future from the Department of Gaming Enforcement. Those figures won’t capture any of the live-dealer revenue, however.
Certainly, a new offering — an one that is not available at its competitors — should have at least a small impact in August.