Nevada Casinos Soon Could Be Cashless With Rule Changes

Nevada Casinos Soon Could Be Cashless With Rule Changes

The Nevada Gaming Commission has approved changes to existing cashless gaming rules that could make it easier for gamblers to transfer funds from bank accounts by debit card when in casinos.

The amendments, which were voted on at Thursday’s gaming commission meeting, are effective immediately, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The changes could result in new cashless gaming systems available to transform using currency in casinos to electronic payments.


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The changes come as casinos and gaming companies look for ways to improve their health and safety measures in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Casinos nationwide had been closed because of the pandemic and just recently started reopening. Nevada casinos reopened on June 4.

Last week the American Gaming Association called on states where gambling is legal to update regulations for cashless options. The AGA released its new “Payments Modernization Policy Principles.” They came from an 18-month study “to provide regulatory flexibility allowing digital payments on the casino floor,” according to a news release.

The AGA further said that enabling payment choices allow casino customers the ability to use secure digital payment options instead of cash. A small number of casinos have allowed debit or credit cards to be used, as well as apps like Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal, according to the Associated Press.

But for the majority of casinos, the technology isn’t yet available and regulations aren’t in place in their states to accommodate the cashless option.

“Advancing opportunities for digital payments has been one of our top priorities since my first day at the AGA. It aligns with gaming’s role as a modern, 21st century industry and bolsters our already rigorous regulatory and responsible gaming measures,” Bill Miller, AGA president and CEO, said in the release. “The COVID-19 pandemic made it all the more important to advance our efforts to provide customers with the payment choice they are more comfortable with and have increasingly come to expect in their daily lives.”

Responsible Gaming Questions Raised

United Auto Workers Local 3555, which represents casino employees in Nevada, said it opposed the changes over responsible gambling issues, the potential for fraud or hacking, possible job losses and reduced tips, according to cdcgamingreports.com.

There was also some opposition from responsible gaming supporters in Nevada, according to the story in the Review-Journal. Many industry experts, including the AGA, consider cashless use to be easier to track and it could allow for spending limits.

Members of the gaming board in Nevada also noted that technology companies would still need to be licensed and the board would still regulate cashless systems, according to the Review-Journal.

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