In a groundbreaking move sure to place them in the forefront of technology, Bally Technologies (Bally) receives preliminary approval for an online gaming license from the Nevada State Gaming Control Board.
John Connelly, vice president of business development for Bally, said that 50 casinos, many of them in Nevada, have expressed interest in buying or leasing Bally’s “infrastructure” system to permit players, using their smart phones and computers, to tie into casinos to make wagers.
Bets will only be taken inside Nevada to comply with federal law. The system must be equipped with safeguards to ensure that no one under 21 years old is permitted to play and will undoubtedly undergo rigorous testing before the system is allowed to “go live” in casinos.
There have been other types of mobile systems tested in Nevada. One in place is from Cantor Gaming. They have what is called the “Pocket Casino” at the Las Vegas Sands’ Venetian and Palazzo.
The Pocket Casino is a handheld device that allows casino customers to play certain games, developed by Cantor Gaming within designated areas of the casino property, yet away from the casino floor.
Bally’s preliminary approval appears to be much more expansive. Depending on what the casinos want, and have the ability to afford, plans include the ability to use the Bally technology for table games, slot machines, poker, bingo and sports betting.
The online theme seems to be on the minds of a number of Las Vegas Casinos. The Golden Nugget has a number of free online casino games, The Riviera has recently announced BINGO Blitz which combines a free online daily sweepstakes with the opportunity to win one of of 12 trips to Las Vegas to participate in a $200,000 Riviera Superstar BINGO Blitz tournament in July.
We’ve gotten to a day and age that the online business potential cannot be ignored any longer if you want to remain competitive.
Salim Mitha, Vice President of Buffalo Studios said,
Together with the Riviera Casino & Hotel, we are now rewarding these players – namely the more than 3 million monthly BINGO Blitz players – by providing them an opportunity to compete in one of the richest live in-person bingo tournaments in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s recommendation for Bally Technologies is scheduled to be reviewed by the Nevada Gaming Commission during its June 21, 2012 meeting, where a final decision is expected to be made.
In related news, IGT, another casino games manufacturer has also been named one of the recommended providers. Patti Hart, IGT chief executive officer said, “We are honored to be one of the first recommended providers by the Nevada Gaming Control Board” officer.