Scientific Games expands cashless gaming
Scientific Games has signed an agreement to acquire Automated Cashless System Inc’s cashless table game product, PlayOn.
GGR Asia reports that the casino equipment and gaming provider said PlayOn, a cashless payment setup, will allow players to purchase casino chips using their debit card at live table games.
“There are no back-end or out-of-network transaction fees charged by the player’s financial institution,” Scientific Games said.
As part of the company’s portfolio, the PlayOn product line will be called Access To On Demand Money (AToM).
“We are thrilled to add the AToM product to our portfolio of convenient cashless solutions,” senior vice president of global systems and tables at Scientific Games Rob Bone said.
He added: “This addition will allow us to provide operators and their players with a seamless, safe and secure way to instantly access money right at the gaming position.
“We look forward to being able to offer this invaluable product to our customers across the globe.”
The deal will boost Scientific Games’ position in cashless applications for table games.
The AToM solution is currently live on 600 table games in California, Nevada and New Mexico, in the United States.
Scientific Games said the acquisition would complement the company’s existing suite of cashless products, including its “Unified Wallet” product, which allows players to digitally access funds to play electronic gaming machines and tables through the use of a mobile application.
Executive director of industry trade body, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, Marcus Prater, commented on the accelerated interest within the land-based casino industry about the role of cashless gaming, amid general security concerns, even leaving aside the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newcastle pioneers cashless pokies
One of the first cashless gaming trials in Australia is underway at a Newcastle club in the state of New South Wales.
The trial will be led by Aristocrat Gaming and Wests Newcastle and see cashless payments for all clubs services, including pokies.
Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello welcomed the trial, saying it would “help us combat the twin sins of money laundering and problem gambling, addressing the key concerns of the Bergin Inquiry”.
In February, former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin released a report on behalf of Liquor & Gaming NSW into gambling giant Crown’s suitability to run a casino at its $2.2 billion flagship at Barangaroo.
It found money laundering was rife at its Melbourne venue and recommended cashless gaming cards to end the practice.
CEO Aristocrat Gaming and Chief Transformation Officer Mitchell Bowen said the cashless payment trial would help patrons to manage their playing.
“Aristocrat believes that enabling cashless payment solutions is an innovation that may help enhance the long-term sustainability and vibrancy of our industry,” he said.
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.”
Customers need to supply proof of identity equivalent to 100 points and have their digital wallet linked to an Australian bank account.
Data safeguard features and privacy would be an essential element.