28th July 2015
Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has appointed Todd Haushalter, one of the highest-profile names in the global casino gaming industry, as its Chief Product Officer.
Haushalter will join Evolution by 1 September from MGM Resorts International, where he currently holds the Las Vegas-based role of Vice President of Gaming Operations.
A gaming industry veteran in experience, knowledge and achievements, if not in years, Haushalter began his gaming career as a high limit casino dealer for London Clubs International in Las Vegas in 2000.
His subsequent rapid rise through the ranks of some of the world’s biggest gaming companies included time with Wynn Las Vegas, where he was Senior Gaming Analyst, with Shuffle Master, first as Product Director Asia, based in Macau and then as global Director of Product Development, and with Bally Technologies, as Vice President of Business Strategy.
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.
Jens von Bahr, CEO of Evolution, said:
“We are thrilled to have attracted such a well-respected star of the gaming world to 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.”
“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.”
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?