Stockholm-listed live dealer specialist Evolution Gaming is set to begin providing its services to licensed operators in New Jersey with the opening of its first purpose-built live casino studio in the United States.

Evolution described the launch as an “historic breakthrough”, with the new live casino studio marking the supplier’s tenth studio opening worldwide.

Operators including 888casino, Resorts Casino Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Rush Street Interactive’s and Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City will all use the new Evolution US studio to launch live casino services for players in New Jersey.

The studio initially offers ten online live tables and a wide range of Evolution game variants, including American (Double Zero) Roulette, Blackjack with side bets and Bet Behind, Baccarat, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, plus Slingshot Roulette.

Further game launches and additional tables, including dedicated tables that can be used by operators for live sporting event promotions and to cross-promote land-based casino attractions, also form part of the studio’s expansion plans.

Evolution has so far created more than 50 jobs through the launch and expects further job creation as studio operations expand.

“Our entry into the US market has been a carefully considered long-term project,” said Evolution chief executive Martin Carlesund. “Back in 2013 Evolution became the first live casino provider to gain New Jersey preliminary waiver approval.

“Having closely monitored US market developments over the past few years, while reinforcing our position as live casino market leaders in Europe, we believe that now is the right time to launch with a full-fledged studio facility for the US.”

The New Jersey studio launch expands Evolution’s North American presence, which already includes a dedicated live casino studio for Canada, opened in Vancouver in January, as well as a number of Evolution Dual Play Roulette tables for the Atlantic City gaming floors of Resorts Casino Hotel, Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

“Now we have a fantastic live casino studio in New Jersey - with a wide choice of live games from day one, and ample room for expansion and the rapid ramping up of services to meet our new US licensees’ needs,” Carlesund added. “We are now extremely well placed to support our licensees as they acquire and grow market share in the exciting new US live casino market.”

Shares in Evolution Gaming Group AB (STO:EVO) climbed 1.78 per cent to SEK688.00 per share in Stockholm following the announcement Friday morning, 4.97 per cent below their 52-week high of SEK724.00 set on July 24th.