On the same day that BetRivers PA and PlaySugarHouse introduced live dealer games to Pennsylvania, DraftKings joined in on the fun by launching a handful of live casino games of their own.
With the launch of live dealer games in Pennsylvania, the state becomes only the second state — after New Jersey — to offer these games which have been available for years in international jurisdictions.
Curious what these new games look like? One player from Pennsylvania streamed a session of the games shortly after they went live:
Blackjack and roulette available at launch
The lineup of DraftKings PA live dealer games include four variants, three types of blackjack and a roulette game.
The games come through the Evolution gaming studios, which received a license to operate in PA in January. The Evolution game studio is located in Philadelphia, due to regulations but extra jobs have been created as a result.
A soft-launch was held on Wednesday and Thursday before the final approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Friday.
PA online casinos first went live in the summer of 2019. But the live dealer games took longer to approve than standard online casino games due to the extra layer of regulation required from studio staff required to run the games.
Yep, games feature real dealers
The new games, which feature real live dealers, incorporate the life-like experience of a land-based casino with the convenience of an online casino. Many online gamblers prefer the option of playing in an environment that mirrors a real casino. Some players also feel that the games are safer and secure given that real dealers and cards are used for the basis of the game.
Players can play DraftKings live dealer games in PA through their favorite internet browser, or mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices. The DraftKings PA iOS app is available through the Apple App Store while the DraftKings PA Android app must be downloaded directly from the DraftKings PA Casino website.
A special bonus is available to players
At launch, DraftKings PA went live with 4 Evolution Gaming live dealer games. More are expected but for now, what’s available should keep players busy, especially if they enjoy playing blackjack.
The DraftKings Casino is even giving players a chance to play the new games risk-free with up to $25 in bonuses available for the first week. This is in addition to the $250 deposit bonus available to first-time depositors in the DraftKings PA Casino.