Gamblers pretty much take for granted that a casino will offer not only slot games but live dealer tables as well. However, that is not always the case. In fact, in certain states, live dealer gaming is banned altogether!
The popularity of “slot parlors” in certain states has certainly been a profitable venture for big casino brands, but the big money definitely lies in table/pit games. Indiana was one such state that used to only provide slots on their casino floors.
Thankfully, lawmakers kickstarted the process in 2015 when they approved of a gaming bill that would allow for the integration of live dealer games onto the gaming floor of casino facilities here. After some back and forth, it was in 2019 when the state finally got their plan of action into play to put live dealer games into the brick and mortar “racinos” in Indiana.
Enter Live Dealer Casino Games
As previously mentioned, a massive statewide gaming bill became law in Indiana back in 2015. As part of the legislation, live dealer gaming was approved. Unfortunately, it took years to get tables installed and enough staff members trained to provide such games as blackjack, roulette and craps the public.
After what seemed like an eternity, it was in January 2020 that live dealer tables were finally in operation. The Indiana Grand Racing & Casino of Shelbyville and the Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino of Anderson both added table games to their gaming options.
Indiana Grand added 43 tables at launch while Harrah’s provided over 20 new tables. Director of Table Games at Indiana Grand, Colin Skidmore, commented on the new games by stating:
“It’s something Indianapolis, the whole state has been waiting for for a long time. Just to get land-based casinos, to have live dealers, live table games. Real dice, real wheels, and have a great time with our guests.”
Hoosier Park, a venue owned by Caesar’s Entertainment, also launched live dealer games at the first of the year. The company invested an estimated $5 million to upgrade the property to include a minimum of 28 tables. The investment was used to pay for gaming accessories, equipment, more storage space and other items.
Since 2008, the gaming facilities of Indiana were limited to offering only electronic games. When the legislation was approved in 2018 to include live dealer games, it was estimated that the launch would take place in 2021. However, the state date was eventually moved up and players now have access to such games as roulette, craps and other USA live dealer blackjack offerings.
Better Interaction On-Site
With the new game additions, players have more access to interaction when at the casinos. In the past, the electronic games were fun but not something that players could take part in with other people. With live dealer games offered now like blackjack, players can interact with others at the table and it makes the experience more fun.
Players can try to hit 21 at the blackjack table and talk with other players as they all try to beat the dealer. The more interaction has players staying for longer hours at the venue as they are enjoying a more enhanced experience than ever before. There is also the dealer element as well. Players enjoy talking with the dealer while playing the table game instead of clicking buttons on a screen.
The full success of the new live dealer games cannot be measured as of yet because they just launched. However, over the next few months, we should be able to see the impact that the new games are having on casino revenues in the state.