26th May 2023
Evolution has launched its Live Craps in Michigan, making this the fourth US state to allow players to play Live Craps online with a live dealer.
Live Craps was initially built and rolled out to a European audience in 2020, but I think this was just a rehearsal for the US market’s main prize.
Live Craps is set in a speakeasy-style studio built to cater to beginners and experienced players.
The online version of the game is not quite the same as the game you’d play in a Las Vegas Casino. Some of the more complicated bets are not available. But Evolution has done a great job of getting this game into a format suitable for online play.
This is achieved through an intuitive user interface that integrates seamlessly with the live gaming action and the game’s wide variety of betting choices. There’s also an ‘Easy Mode’ option and a simple online interactive tutorial that explains the game and how best to enjoy it.
Jeff Millar, Chief Commercial Officer, North America at Evolution, said:
“We are so proud that this game was the industry’s first online Live Craps game. In every state, its launch is seen as a true landmark moment because Craps is such an iconic game with a long and colourful history in the US. Our Live Craps captures all the excitement of a traditional Craps table and the atmosphere of the speakeasy era. I’m confident that players in Michigan will love our Live Craps.”
Great news for US players, but one tinged with some possible negativity. US players know craps and will expect a live dealer online version to play the same as the version they play in land-based casinos. However, the Evolutions version is missing some key bets and functioality.
(1) You need to be able to turn off bets and take bets down. That doesn’t appear possible here. Once you place a number and one roll occurs, you’re locked in until seven hits. That’s not proper craps. Many people like to take down some numbers to bump up others, etc. This is the most important missing feature.
(2) This game is missing many of the hop bets. You can bet the 1-1, 1-2, 5-6 and 6-6 but none of the other combinations. Those have a high house edge, so I’m surprised they aren’t there.
(3) Higher max odds would be nice. Not 100x like some places in the Midwest or downtown Vegas, but at least 2x would be nice.
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?