Aristocrat and Everi boost their partnership with cashless gaming rollout
Australian gaming manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies has teamed up with Everi Holdings to integrate a digital wallet product into its casino management system.
GGR Asia reports that the integration of CashClub Wallet will offer a portfolio of casino management technology comprising kiosk, mobile, slot management, bonusing, digital, table management, loyalty solutions and a media management hub.
It will provide data capture from kiosks, slot machines, tables, e-ports, jackpot processing, customer rewards, security breach assistance, pit operations, player credit, markers and check cashing.
Aristocrat Technologies’ executive vice president of customer experience solutions Cath Burns said the integration between Aristocrat’s Oasis360 and Everi’s CashClub Wallet shows its focus on delivering innovative guest and operator experiences for customers.
Everi’s wallet product offers cashless and contactless commerce and payments.
In the casino context, this includes funding at an electronic gaming device, payments at point of sale, or funding of online sports betting, iGaming or social gaming.
Everi’s executive vice president and financial technology business leader Darren Simmonds said the integrating Oasis 360 with its CashClub Wallet fulfils the organisation’s goal of creating a convenient, seamless mobile experience for casino guests and a cost-effective solution for operators.
Cashless gaming to take hold in ACT
As the coronavirus pandemic has forced a change in the way casinos operate, cashless gaming has gained traction.
A trial of cashless poker machines in New South Wales will see the state government require poker machine gamblers to register and pre-load money to a government issued card.
The card would be linked to the state’s exclusion register to prevent it being used by thousands of self-excluded gamblers.
On the back of the news, the ACT government has assembled a new ministerial advisory council made up of gambling reform advocates and clubs representatives expected to weigh in on whether the model could work in the territory.
The council will help pave the way for the government’s proposed gambling reforms, including slashing the number of poker machines across Canberra clubs to 3500, introducing $5 bet limits and $100 load-up limits.
ACT Gaming Minister Shane Rattenbury said he expected there would be difficult conversations in the group, after years of ongoing tension between some clubs and the government.
“I expect there will be some really frank, robust and at times difficult conversations,” he said.
“But in having people with different views in the room, I think it’s really important to hear each other’s perspectives.”
Among the issues to be explored by the group will be whether the ACT should look at introducing cashless poker machines.
NSW cashless pokies trial starts in September
The NSW cashless pokies trial, which starts in September, will include responsible gambling measures such as money limits, session time limits, information and real-time messaging to customers and marshals.
The trial will be led by Aristocrat Gaming and Wests Newcastle and see cashless payments for all clubs services, including pokies.
Wests Newcastle CEO Phil Gardner said the trial would build on the club’s commitment to the welfare of its 116,000 members.
“A powerful new suite of responsible digital tools will empower our members and allow them to set limits, speak to a staff member, or even exclude themselves from the club.
“The ability for our members to use their own mobile wallet to pay for a meal, membership and gaming is something our industry hasn’t seen before.”