Fans of Evolution Gaming’s live 21 offering have a new reason to look forward to the rest of 2020 and beyond. The provider recently announced the launch of Speed Blackjack.
According to the provider, players who are familiar with the traditional rules of the game will have no trouble playing it. The new casino game follows the same rules, with one exception, and that is the order in which cards are dealt when a player is ready to make their move.
The provider’s chief product officer, Todd Haushalter said that the new variation helped players to waste less time and to enjoy greater control. Furthermore, it adds a bit of competition among players. He added that the variant was between 30% and 40% faster than the other options in Evolution Gaming’s live 21 portfolio.
Speed Blackjack sees players’ first two cards dealt as they would be in any of the classic versions of the game. However, where the classic versions would then see players wait their turn to make their moves, the new game works on the principle of ‘first come, first served’.
All players are offered the options of hitting, splitting, or doubling down at the same time. The first player to make their move will receive the next card to be dealt. The gameplay continues in the same way until all players at the table have made a move and any additional cards required have been dealt.
Haushalter said that, for more than 100 years, the tradition was that Blackjack’s order of play ran from the dealer’s left to their right, and that players calmly had to wait their turn. He explained that the situation could be frustrating, and so after asking why players should need to wait, the provider set out to change that. The chief product officer emphasised that, while the new format significantly speeds up the casino game, it does not alter the mathematics.
The launch of Speed Blackjack is only the latest indication that Evolution Gaming has no intention of slowing down. Not only did it add several new casino games to its portfolio last year, the provider also received a license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The license allows the provider to set up a studio in the state and to supply its live casino products to gaming operators in the US state.