Evolution Enters Delaware Online Casino Market But Without Live Dealer Games

Delaware casino players now have access to slots from Evolution, the world’s largest online casino supplier—but sadly not to Evolution’s live dealer games, which are enormously popular in other US markets. Last week, Evolution announced its Delaware partnership with Rush Street Interactive (RSI), which took over as the state lottery’s technology partner at the end of last year. Though Evolution’s own brand is most closely associated with live dealer gaming, its subsidiaries include some of the top names in slots like NetEnt, Red Tiger, and Big Time Gaming.

Jacob Claesson, Evolution CEO for North America, said:

Going live in Delaware is a great milestone for Evolution. It is our sixth US state and further solidifies our place as the market leader in online gaming. We are excited to partner with Rush Street Interactive, one of the most respected online gaming companies in the US, to bring online games to BetRivers players in Delaware.

Meanwhile, Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, added:

We’re thrilled to partner with Evolution Group as we continue to expand our slot game offerings to provide our customers unmatched entertainment experiences. Evolution has an exceptional portfolio of online slots, and we know that our players in Delaware will enjoy what Evolution has to offer now and in the future.

With the deal, Delaware marks Evolution’s sixth state in the US. That leaves Rhode Island as the only legal online casino state without a presence for Evolution. Only two content providers have entered all seven iGaming markets: IGT and White Hat Studios. 

Online gambling revenue in Delaware has skyrocketed since RSI took over from 888, the lottery’s partner for the first ten years. In January, revenue in the state nearly tripled. February was even stronger, and adding Evolution’s slots could provide a further boost.

Delaware Players Can Now Play Popular Slots

Evolution’s subsidiaries produce some of the most frequently played slots in US online casinos, especially NetEnt. You’d be hard-pressed to find an online casino in New Jersey or Michigan that does not offer NetEnt’s Divine Fortune, one of the most popular progressive jackpot games on the market. Starburst is another NetEnt title that US operators seemingly consider a must-have. Other notable NetEnt games include:

  • Bloodsuckers
  • Dead or Alive
  • Fruit Shop
  • Gonzo’s Quest

Big Time Gaming is the originator of the popular Megaways mechanic. Although you’ll find Megaways slots at most online casinos, not all of these come from BTG. It makes additional money for Evolution by licensing the Megaways name and mechanics to other studios, including Evolution’s other subsidiaries. Many famous slots have Megaways spin-offs, including 88 Fortunes, Divine Fortune, Almighty Buffalo, and Hypernova.

Another developer under the Evolution umbrella is Red Tiger. Some of the company’s slots include Astronaut, Egypt Megaways, and Alexander The Great. Red Tiger also supplies daily timed jackpots in states like Michigan and New Jersey.

Delaware Remains Without Live Dealer Games, Poker

While Delaware players can now play Evolution slots, the state remains the only one without live dealer games. Rhode Island is the opposite, having taken the unusual step of offering live dealer games but not RNG table games.

With Evolution entering the First State, many players might have hoped to see a live dealer option. The company is the world’s largest provider of that style of casino games. Until recently, it held a near-monopoly in the US. However, to provide live dealer games, Evolution would need to open a studio in the state, which might not be financially feasible for the company. Another possibility would be for Delaware lawmakers to authorize the Delaware Lottery to enter a compact with another state’s regulators to stream games from out-of-state. This is the path West Virginia took, and the fact that Delaware allows multi-state online poker means there’s some hope for a similar arrangement for live dealer gaming.

Speaking of poker, the loss of WSOP online poker has been the only downside to the transition to RSI’s product. 888 is the technology partner for WSOP, which is owned by Caesars. RSI owns another online poker product, Run It Once Poker, which formerly operated in Europe but has not yet relaunched in the US as planned.

Delaware online casinos have historically underperformed compared to other iGaming states. For 2023, the three sites generated just over $14 million in revenue. For comparison, West Virginia, with less than twice Delaware’s population, generated $157 million in online casino revenue, over 10 times higher. The transition to RSI’s product will cut that gap dramatically for 2024, although Delaware remains a smaller market in per capita terms. Expanding the number of games available is one way RSI can try to close the distance even further.

About the Author

Chav Vasilev

Chav Vasilev

After years of managing fast-casual restaurants, Chav turned his passion for sports and occasional slot wins into a career as an iGaming writer. Sharing his time between Europe and the US, he has been exposed to betting and gambling for years and has closely followed the growth in the US. Chav is a proponent of playing responsibly and playing only at legal online sites. When not writing, you will find him watching and betting on sports, especially soccer, or trying to land the next big bonus on a slot.
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