Live dealer gaming specialist Evolution Gaming has appointed Todd Haushalter as the company’s new chief product officer.

Haushalter will join Evolution on September 1st from MGM Resorts International, where he currently serves as vice president of gaming operations in Las Vegas.

He brings with him years of industry experience, having began his career as a high limit casino dealer for London Clubs International in Las Vegas in 2000.

Since then, Haushalter has served as a gaming analyst for Wynn Las Vegas, director of product development for SHFL entertainment (then Shuffle Master), and VP of business strategy for Bally Technologies following its acquisition of SHFL.

Since 2011, Haushalter has also developed and patented several casino game innovations including a revolutionary new Baccarat shuffler, a new method for displaying roulette game historical data and trends, and a system for projecting interactive betting spots onto gaming tables as well as new table games.

“We are thrilled to have attracted such a well-respected star of the gaming world to Evolution,” said Jens von Bahr, CEO of Evolution. “Todd’s vast experience in the land-based sector, his knowledge, his ideas and his US and global track record are all a perfect fit for Evolution as we move forward, and as many operators focus on convergence.

“He is a top addition to our team and will be instrumental in driving Evolution product innovation and delivery, and penetrating new markets in the live casino sector.”

Haushalter added: “I’ve worked closely with Evolution before – on the Shuffle Master deal that resulted in side bets being integrated into Evolution’s Live Blackjack, and on other game content. I’m familiar with the company and the Evolution product portfolio and very excited to be joining up with the world’s leading live casino provider.

“This is a different challenge for me in a hugely important sector – and I can’t wait to get started.”