Press Release – 7th February 2017
Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, today launches its new Dream Catcher Lucky Wheel live at ICE, the International Casino Exhibition (7–9 February, ExCeL, London).
Dream Catcher is a visually stunning super-sized vertical wheel with silver and gold 2x and 7x multiplier segments. Created using a precision-engineered bespoke wheel, built exclusively for Evolution by TCSJOHNHUXLEY, Dream Catcher is the first title in a brand-new game category for Evolution — Live Lucky Wheel.
Dream Catcher offers an ‘immersive’ online live gaming experience since it deploys a similar multi HD camera studio set-up to Evolution’s award-winning Immersive Roulette. This allows players to follow every phase of the wheel spin on their desktop, tablet or smartphone screens through a series of dynamic camera angles and close-ups. Enhancing the player experience still further are light and sound effects auto-synchronised to the game action.
The live dealer spins the wheel and interacts with players throughout each game. Players simply bet on the number they think the wheel will stop at, with payout 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.
Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer at Evolution, said:
“This is a momentous launch for us because Dream Catcher will expose live casino to players who don’t play table games and therefore don’t play live casino.
There are millions of slot, bingo, and other players who we are reaching out to with this product.
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.”
Haushalter also explained where this idea was born:
“Operators are constantly telling us they want to cross-sell live into other player verticals.
So, 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.
The lucky wheel seemed intriguing, but the house advantage was too high and it lacked the ability to win large amounts. By adding the 2x and 7x multipliers that will hit fairly frequently, we brought the house advantage in line with other online slots and made it incredibly exciting.
So now we have a real tool for our partners to cross-sell to slot and other non-table game players.”
Dream Catcher gets it world premiere at ICE live on screen on stand N2-250 via a live-stream from Evolution’s studios in Riga.
A live action video of the game will also be available to interested operators at ICE and following the event.
Press Release Ends
Live Casino Comparer Comment:
This is an interesting one. You see these live wheels in land based casinos, especially in Las Vegas.
They are generally not that busy but I can see how they appeal to people who just want a simple way to bet, without having to understand a complex set of rules.
Ezugi have a set of non-card related games such as Keno & Lottery, and there are a few European focused casinos that have these.
Casinos using the Evolution Live Casino Solution will have an opportunity to expose the game to a largely untapped market of players.
The key will be how the operators create promotions and bonuses to attract players in the first place.
An improved RTP won’t do it on its own. Slots players love the opportunity to hit it big, so I’m keen to see how the 7x multiplier is actually big enough to tempt the more experienced player.
Anyway well done to Evolution, for the Dream Catcher Lucky Wheel and always pushing the concept of Live forward.
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?