Cashless gambling has arrived big time in Las Vegas. That would be at Resorts World, the first mega-resort soon to open in more than a decade on the Strip. The new complex, owned by Malaysian firm, Gentling Group, is partnering with payments vendor Sightline to make the casino floor a totally digital experience. Casino patrons can use a Resorts World mobile app to load a digital wallet, then hunker down at slots and table games hoping to hit it big.
Additionally, the hotel and related dining and entertainment venues are all digital as well. Cashless gambling has been emerging in the past few years with other developers including Everi and Scientific Games getting in on the action, too. Resorts World timing is lucky as post-pandemic demand has brought leisure travelers back to the Strip for that elusive jackpot. But digital or not, keep one thing in mind—the house always wins.
The following excerpt from a Fox5 Vegas article reports more on the topic:
Resorts World, the first ground-up resort development on the Strip in more than a decade, will be the first Las Vegas casino to feature cashless wagering when it debuts on June 24. According to a news release, Resorts World “will be the first Las Vegas casino where consumers can utilize a digital login and cashless wagering experience at both slots and table games.”
According to the release, as part of GamingPlay, guests will have three ways to load their digital wallet: by depositing cash at one of the NEO Kiosks provided by NRT Technology, a global leader in enterprise payment systems for casinos, or at the player services desk, or by enrolling in Sightline’s Play+.
In addition, guests also have three different ways to input and present their loyalty card on the casino floor, including a physical loyalty card, digital loyalty card, or entering their phone number at any slot machine, according to the release.
“Launching cashless gaming solutions at the first major Las Vegas casino opening in a decade presents a tremendous opportunity for Sightline to further the digital transformation of the consumer experience in gaming,” said Joe Pappano, CEO of Sightline Payments.
Overview by Raymond Pucci, Director, Merchant Services at Mercator Advisory Group