Think of it as table games without the tables.
This past week, end-to-end gaming company IGT announced Resorts Atlantic City is home to multiple IGT electronic table game (EGT) terminals featuring three games: Dynasty Baccarat, Dynasty Roulette, and Dynasty Blackjack.
Both IGT and Resorts tweeted out the new development. Resorts’ tweet included a video of someone using one of the terminals:
Introducing our new Dynasty Electronic Table Games – the first in #AtlanticCity!!!
These new electronic games feature a live dealer and the ability to play #Roulette, #Baccarat and #Blackjack at once! https://t.co/2EcLkiTB1F #DoAc #casino #ThisisAC #JerseyShore #TheFunIsHere pic.twitter.com/DX2aXu3y4b
— Resorts Casino Hotel (@ResortsCasino) March 19, 2018
“Congratulations to Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ for being the nation’s first casino to offer Roulette, Baccarat and Blackjack together on IGT’s new Dynasty Electronic Table Game solution.”
Advantages of electronic table games at Resorts AC
IGT says one of the main advantages of its ETGs is that players have their own personal space in which they can play.
ETGs provide an autonomous way to gamble without all the pomp and circumstance of a real table. Table games such as roulette, baccarat, and blackjack often steer shy types away.
“Casual players will appreciate the personal space, comfort, and freedom from the intimidation traditionally associated with table play,” IGT’s website says.
Another advantage to the terminals, IGT said, is that they offer an unprecedented level of efficiency. Casinos don’t have to spend money on the multiple dealers it takes to run the table games, nor do they have to invest in chips, physical tables, table security and all the one-time and recurring costs it takes to operate them.
An IGT promotional video indicates that an average deal at a traditional baccarat table can deal enough hands to take 245 bets an hour.
However, when a live dealer works in conjunction with Resorts AC’s ETGs, one dealer can deal 150 hands an hour to more players than a traditional table, resulting in 1,800 bets an hour. This is equal to more than seven times the bet taken from one dealer at a physical baccarat table.
In addition to these benefits, one could argue that the greatest advantage of ETGs is the space issue. A casino can install far more ETGs in a room than they can physical tables.
PA’s Sands Bethlehem sets the standard for ETGs
Details on the number of ETGs installed at Resorts AC are not yet known.
What is known is that IGT isn’t a newcomer to bringing electronic table games to US casinos. In fact, in 2016, IGT partnered with Pennsylvania’s Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem. IGT installed 150 ETGs in a stadium-style gaming room built specifically for the terminals.
Construction on the project finished in 2017, making it the largest ETG gaming room in the country.
According to a 2o17 article from the Philadelphia Business Journal, the terminals generated $5.5 million for the casino before Sands Bethlehem’s ETG offerings expanded with the opening of the gaming stadium.