Stockholm-listed Evolution Gaming has announced the launch of the first title in the live casino specialist’s new Live Lucky Wheel game series.

Built exclusively for Evolution by gaming manufacturer TCSJohnHuxley, Dream Catcher Lucky Wheel deploys a similar multi HD camera studio set-up to Evolution’s popular Immersive Roulette game.

The super-sized vertical wheel, which features silver and gold 2x and 7x multiplier segments, is spun by a live dealer who interacts with players throughout each game.

Players bet on the number they think the wheel will stop at, with pay-out odds corresponding to the winning numbers (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 40) that appear in numerous segments of the wheel. Players can also place repeat bets for a selected number of game rounds using the autoplay feature.

Players can follow every phase of the wheel spin on their desktop, tablet or smartphone screens through a series of camera angles and close-ups, with light and sound effects auto-synchronised to the game action.

Todd Haushalter, chief product officer at Evolution, said the idea for the Lucky Wheel came about because operators wanted to cross-sell into other player verticals.

“We started thinking of ways to do that, but when it came to slot, bingo, pull tab players the problem was not making them aware of live, but simply that they don’t want to play table games. So, we started brainstorming about games that have no cards, dice, or even a table.

Haushalter said that Dream Catcher launch will be momentous for Evolution because it will introduce live casino to a new audience who do not play table games and are not familiar with the live dealer experience.

“There are millions of slot, bingo, and other players who we are reaching out to with this product,” he said. “It is intentionally simple and friendly to play, and with the potential for the 2x and 7x multipliers to keep hitting sequentially, players can win thousands of times their initial bet, just like in slots.

“It is almost like a game show that you can play along with at home. Both slot and table game players will find it a familiar and an enjoyable way to play. We really tried hard to make Dream Catcher a game that will expand the live casino space and we hope the players find it as fun as we do," he added.

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